I’ve just returned from an amazing week holiday in Barcelona with my love. While we weren’t completely taken by the city, we enjoyed it there a lot and found that parts of Barcelona definitely have a special charm.
While we were there we visited a few different locations that feature in Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s The Shadow of the Wind and the other Cemetery of Forgotten Books novels.
Here are a few of the snaps we took of such places :).
Las Rambles is a very famous street and it’s mentioned a lot in each of the Cemetery novels. While it was a little too touristy for me, it was still cool to think about the characters in the novels walking down it.
Placa Reial is featured a number of times in the novels – for instance, it’s where Daniel first meets Fermin :).
Placa de l’Angel is mentioned a lot in the novels and this particular spot (though edited and moved around) is used on the front over (see below) of The Prisoner of Heaven, which my love and I read while we were in Barcelona.
Placa De Sant Felip Neri was definitely my favourite location we visited from the novels. It was a quiet little square and just so lovely there. This is meant to be where Nuria lives.
While not a specific location in the books as far as I know, this gothic bridge at Calle del Bisbe is featured on one of the front covers of The Shadow of the Wind. See below:
Els Quatre Gats is a very famous little restaurant in Barcelona, not just because of Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s books. We had a very nice little visit there for a drink and reading break :).
My partner and I saw a number of other locations featured in the novels that aren’t as important to the story, such as Casa Batlo, La Pedrera, La Palau de la Musica Catalana and La Catedral and they were beautiful, too, but I will let you see those for yourselves should you ever go to Barcelona. I now want to move on to gush about TAPAS!
TAPAS TAPAS TAPAS!
Go to Barcelona just to eat Tapas and you will not be disappointed! Patatas Bravas and the Croquettes are to die for!! Here are a few snaps alongside few key Tapas places we went to that we loved and highly recommend! 🙂
Amelie, Placa de la Villa de Gracia
(our favourite location for food! Patatas Amelie is the best.)
(delicious food, service not super)
La Bodegueta Provenca
(Quiet spot, probably the best patatas bravas).
(very busy and cramped, but tapas so worth it! Best Croquettes and delicious ribs.)
If that doesn’t have you salivating, I don’t know what will! 🙂
And lastly, here’s a creepy photo of the gothic quarter at night that I think just ties everything up about Barcelona and the Cemetery novels nicely 🙂