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

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64 reviews

Activity provider: ICONO Barcelona

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

Activity provider: ICONO Barcelona
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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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Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Wheelchair accessible
Private group available


  • 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.
  • Official guide
  • Coffee or tea
  • Transportation
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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  • Comfortable shoes

Know before you go

  • This tour is only in English
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based on 64 reviews

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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.

April 18, 2019

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.

April 14, 2019

Great tour of Barcelona gothic quarter

Really enjoyed this tour which brought to life a book I loved but also showed us a lot of the gothic quarter and taught us a lot of facts. Our guide was really good. Took two younger teenagers who hadn't read the book although I had told them the story and they both enjoyed it.

December 26, 2016

Product ID: 2249