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Discover central Barcelona in a unique way with this guided walking tour of locations in 'The Shadow of the Wind,' a bestselling novel by Spanish writer Carlos Ruiz Zafón. Follow the footsteps of the characters in the book, which has sold more than 2 million copies since 2001, and visit Barcelona sites unknown to most tourists, such as Santa Anna Street, Baixada de la Llibreteria and Montcada Street. See the famous Els Quatre Gats Café and the beautiful Church of Santa Maria del Mar, and become immersed in the magic of the book as you listen to commentary from your guide.

On this literary city walking tour, travel back to the Barcelona of the early 20th century and follow the footsteps of the characters in the novel The Shadow of the Wind, a bestseller by Carlos Ruiz Zafón set in the 1940s. The winner of several awards including the Premio de la Fundación José Manuel Lara in Spain and the Borders Original Voices Award in the United States, The Shadow of the Wind is about a boy, Daniel, and his mysterious journey around Barcelona to find the truth about a book, also called The Shadow of the Wind, that he finds in the Cemetery of Forgotten Books. The book and the journey will change his life forever.

Meet your local guide in central Barcelona, and dive into the story as you visit locations both real and fictional, and hear about the key plot points from your guide. Just like Daniel Sempere and Julian Carax, two of the main characters, you’ll walk through a labyrinth of mysteries and surprises.

Stroll down Rambla Santa Mónica and arrive at the Arch of the Theater, where you can imagine the aged carved wooden door that Daniel sees, the ‘old palace skeleton’ and the Cemetery of Forgotten Books.

Head through Plaza Real, Calle del Call and Baixada de la Llibreteria before making you way to Calle de Argenteria. You’ll soon reach the Church of Santa Maria del Mar and Montcada Street (Calle Montcada), where the Santa Lucia shelter and Xampanyet are located. Enjoy commentary from your guide reminding you of scenes from the book that happened in these places.

Continue to the famous Els Quatre Gats Café and Santa Anna Street, and then see a square with a church, where the Sempere & Sons bookshop is located in the novel. Walk along Canuda Street until you reach the Ateneo Barcelonés and the Palau de la Música Catalana (Catalan Music Palace), where your tour will finish. From here, visit the palace (on your own at own expense) or continue your exploration of Barcelona at your own pace!

  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Pickup from a centrally located meeting point

Location: Barcelona, Spain

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

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    Operates: Saturdays

    Departure Point:
    Central Barcelona, near the Drassanes metro station

    Departure Time: 6pm (June to October)
    5pm (November to May )

    Return Details:
    Concludes at Palau de la Música Catalana at approximately 7:30pm or 8:30pm, depending on departure time

  • Inclusions:
    • Guide

  • Exclusions:
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
    • Gratuities (optional)

  • Other Information:
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • A moderate amount of walking is involved
    • Comfortable shoes are recommended
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Operated by a bilingual guide in Spanish and English

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