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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 56 reviews

The guide was excellent! This tour goes beyond the book. Even those who did not read (since always, we the ravenous readers of The Shadow of the Wind, dragged someone who did not read to go on this tour) loved it. When I return to Barcelona, I will definitely do the tour again.

Good company to deal with

We had to cancel our tour at the last minute due to a case of food poisoning. Cecilia the guide we were supposed have text to find out if we needed anything and they gave us a good refund even though we only messaged with an hour before the tour was supposed to start.

Well adapted to the book

Our guide Cristina, showed a lot of passion for her work. Even if you asked him a question outside the subject, he explained it delightedly. I recommend it to everyone who has read the book.

Very cheerful and competent guide. Explanation in English and Spanish, I am French, I had to concentrate two hours but it was.

Interesting tour with great guidance

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