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

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76 reviews

Activity provider: ICONO Barcelona

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

Activity provider: ICONO Barcelona

From US$ 15.10 per person

Turn fiction into reality during a walking tour of Barcelona that follows in the footsteps of Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s worldwide bestseller, “The Shadow of the Wind.” Wander in the shadows of the main characters and settings, from Las Ramblas to the Ribera.

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Duration 3 hours
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English, Spanish
Wheelchair accessible
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  • Explore Barcelona through the events of Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s global bestseller “The Shadow of the Wind”
  • Walk in the footsteps of Daniel Sempere, Julian Carax, and Fermín Romero de Torres
  • Wander through the Gothic Quarter and discover the Forgotten Books Cemetery, Santa Lucia Asylum, and Arc del Teatre
  • Discover the locations of the Xampanyet tapas bar and Els Quatre Gats restaurant
  • See the house and bookshop of "Sempere and Sons"
Full description
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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  • Coffee or tea
  • Transportation

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  • This tour is only in English
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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!

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November 20, 2022

I would leave the visit to the library of forgotten books for the end, since if it is discovered at the beginning, the fun of the tour is broken. I was just going to know where it was and when I found out that it doesn't exist, I was disappointed.

April 24, 2022

I was disappointed with this trip. The website said it was a 3 hour English only tour with tea / coffee included. Unfortunately, it was a 2-hour tour in two languages (English and Spanish) without a drink. Which means that I only gained 1/3 of the information I was counting on. I do not know if it is the fault of the outdated description on the website or if the office changed the offer. The guide was nice and knowledgeable. I recommend a trip for people who have read the book The Shadow of the Wind, but not necessarily for its big fans - the information provided is general

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January 19, 2020

Product ID: 2249