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Barcelona: “The Shadow of the Wind” Literary Walking Tour

1. Barcelona: “The Shadow of the Wind” Literary Walking Tour

Spanish author Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s global bestseller “The Shadow of the Wind” has captivated thousands of readers around the world, and on this 3-hour walking tour you will step into its pages and discover the parts of Barcelona so vividly captured by the novel. Turning fiction into reality, the tour departs from the famous Ramblas Sta. Monica at the Arc del Teatre, before heading down to Placa Reial and Baixada de la Llibreteria. You will visit places still imbued with the magic of Barcelona at the beginning of the 20th-Century. Walk through the shadowy Gothic Quarter and Ribera, reliving events experienced by Daniel Sempere, Julian Carax, Fermín Romero de Torres, and other characters from the novel. Explore a labyrinth of mysteries, as tour participants become characters at the Forgotten Books Cemetery and Santa Maria del Mar. Wander along Calle Montcada, and discover the Santa Lucia Asylum, Xampanyet tapas bar, and Els Quatre Gats restaurant. See the house and bookshop of "Sempere and Sons," and head past the old library of Ateneu Barcelonès.

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What people are saying about Ateneu Barcelonès

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 75 reviews

We chose this walking tour having read Shadow of the Wind several months (to years!) prior. Jordi was a great tour guide, starting with a refresher of the book's plot before guiding us through the streets around Barcelona's old town. He pointed out a great mix of places related to the book as well as key landmarks in the history of Barcelona. We found places we never would have come across on our own and would definitely recommend. Thanks Jordi!

The tour is incredible, we loved the experience — we believe that even those who haven't read the book will be able to appreciate it. The only thing that failed was the fact that the guide was not identified with an umbrella as it said in the description.

Jordi ha sido muy buen guía y nos ha llevado a los sitios más peculiares de la novela dejándonos entrar dentro del libro casi como protagonistas. He aconsejado el tour en italiano porque seguro que tendría mucho éxito

Interesting tour with great guidance

The tour was fun - Christina made the tour interesting and was very warm! A heartfelt thank you

Our guide was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. It was a delightful tour.