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Barcelona Literary Walking Tour- The Shadow of the Wind

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Key Highlights

  • An ideal tour for the fans of author Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s global bestselling novel, The Shadow of the Wind
  • This literary walking tour seamlessly merges real-life Barcelona with Zafón’s fictional world
  • Step back in time to the Barcelona of the 1940s, visiting the key locations mentioned in the novel
  • Walk in the footsteps of Daniel and Julian, the novel’s protagonists
  • Visit many iconic Barcelona landmarks listed in the novel, including the Church of Santa Maria del Mar and the Els Quatre Gats Café
  • Discover the locations of the fictional Cemetery of Forgotten Books and the Sempere & Sons bookshop
  • Hear enriching stories and information from the English and Spanish speaking guides
  • Overview

    Enter the world of Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s global bestseller The Shadow of the Wind and embark on a two and a half hour tour taking you through the novel’s many city locations. Step into the pages of the book and discover the magical Barcelona of the 1940s as told by this classic novel.

    Explore the locations that inspired the fictional Cemetery of Forgotten Books and the Sempere & Sons bookshop, both intrinsic to The Shadow of the Wind’s story.

    As you walk along the winding streets of Santa Anna and Montcada, soak in the ambience of this gripping novel and visit the Rambla Santa Mónica and the Arch of the Theater.

    As the guide reveals the literary background and historical context of the novel, you’ll see a whole new side of Barcelona, a city where characters like Daniel and Fermín pursued their mysterious endeavours, Julian Carax fell in love and Nuria Monfort met her fate. Enter this fictional world and see the Barcelona of eras gone by.

  • Activity Schedule & Itinerary

    Activity Schedule

    When does it run?



    2 hours and 30 minutes

    Start time


    Meeting Point

    Meet the tour at Rambla Sta. Mònica, 9. Metro route : Metro L3, Drassanes station. Bus routes : Buses 14, 59, 91 and 120. Barcelona Bus Turístic, Colom-Museu Marítim stop.

    Ending Point

    The tour finishes at Palau de la Música Catalana (Metro L4 Jaume I)


    Make your own way to Rambla Santa Mónica, 9. The literary walking tour will take you through the actual locations mentioned in Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s global bestseller The Shadow of the Wind.

    The tour will depart from the famous Ramblas Sta. Monica at the Arc del Teatre, before heading down to Placa Reial and Baixada de la Llibreteria. As you walk through the locations, you are sure to recall ‘the abandoned corpse of a palace, a museum of echoes and shadows’, also known as The Cemetery of Forgotten Books. Retrace the footsteps of Daniel and Fermín, the protagonists of the book, and relive their journey to find the mysterious Julian Carax and his books.

    Merging the worlds of fiction and reality, continue down the Carrer de Argenteria towards the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Mar and Carrer Montcada, where you’ll come across the Asylum of Santa Llucia and El Xampanyet. Visit the location of Daniel’s father’s bookshop, Sempere and Sons in the Carrer Santa Anna before heading along the Carrer Canuda to the old library of Ateneu Barcelonès.

    The tour finishes at Palau de la Música Catalana (Metro L4 Jaume I), after which you can continue sightseeing your way through Barcelona at your own pace.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • English and Spanish speaking guide


    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • Food and drinks
  • Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour to confirm the departure details.

    This is a bilingual tour in English and Spanish, offered on regular basis

    Voucher Information: You must print and surrender a paper version of your booking voucher for this activity (showing your voucher on a smartphone is not accepted). No refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.

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