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Barcelona: Shadow of the Wind Tour

Discover a new side of Barcelona. Immerse yourself in the literary world of the city as seen through Carlos Ruiz Zafón's bestselling novel The Shadow of the Wind.

Discover a new side of Barcelona. Immerse yourself in the literary world of the city as seen through Carlos Ruiz Zafón's bestselling novel The Shadow of the Wind.

Barcelona: Shadow of the Wind Tour

“I still remember the day my father took me to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books for the first time. It was the early summer of 1945, and we walked through the streets of a Barcelona trapped beneath ashen skies as dawn poured over Rambla de Santa Monica in a wreath of liquid copper." When Carlos Ruiz Zafón published "La Sombre del Viento" - or The Shadow of the Wind - in 2001, no one could have imagined how important it would become. Travel through time and follow the shadows of the bestselling novel's characters on this guided tour of Barcelona beginning in the very same Rambla de Santa Monica.

Does the Cemetery of Forgotten Books really exist? Throughout your Shadow of the Wind tour of the Catalonian city you'll discover that imagination can truly become reality... walk through the magical maze of Barcelona and see if you can distinguish what's real and what's fiction from Plaza Real, Calle del Call, Els Cuatre Gats and the Sempere and Sons bookshop.

We'll continue the route in front of the imposing Santa Maria del Mar Church, then continue along Carrer Montcada, the Santa Lucia Asylum and Els Quatre Gats, another prominent setting in the novel. Before our route comes to an end, we'll make a stop next to the Ateneo Barcelonés, to remember the adventures and misfortunes of the Sempere family, Fermín Romero de Torres, Beatriz Aguilar or Julián Carax, the key characters of The Shadow of the Wind.

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2 hours 30 minutes.

Language The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English and Spanish.

The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English and Spanish.


English speaking guide with expert knowledge of the works of Carlos Ruiz Zafón.

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You can book up until 8 hours before the activity as long as there are still places. Book now to guarantee your spot.

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Physical: Wheelchair accessible. Accessible toilets. An accompanying person is required. Show more

Intellectual: Has measures for cognitive accessibility. Signage with easily recognisable pictograms.

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  • No printing of documentation required.


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Corporate name: Blanca Espa - ICONO Spain Tours

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  • Q - Is a minimum number of participants required?

    A - This activity requires a minimum of 4 participants. Should this number not be reached, we'll get in touch with you to offer alternatives.

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Free cancellation

Free! Free cancellation up to 48 hours before the activity starts. If you cancel under this time or do not show up, you will not be refunded.

Meeting point

Where does the activity end?

Rambla de Santa Mónica, 9

Ateneo de Barcelona

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Where does the activity end?

Ateneo de Barcelona