Carlos Ruiz Zafón and his novel “La Sombra del Viento” offers us a location: The Aldaya Palace in Avinguda Tibidabo, where this magnificent boutique Hotel is located.
In this avenue of more than one km and a half of length begins our route of mansions on both sides, and the gardens where they could be installed the families with economic power of the city, far from the center “El Eixample”. An avenue where you can still breathe fresh air from the mountain of Collserola and that reminds us of some reminiscence of the Parisian avenues. We will discover the history behind these stately cases, from the Palau Aldaya thread conductor of this route that inspired the writer of the novel The Shadow of the Wind, as well as those of the best architects of the modernist period, such as Josep Puig i Cadafalch, Joan Rubió and Bellvé, Enric Sagnier or Adolf Ruiz Casamitjana who built residences and mansions that competed in showiness and style: modernist, neo-gothic, medieval, renaissance…, Casa Casacuberta, the Casa Roviralta “Frare Blanch” the Casa Coll, the chalet Ignacio Portabella, (Casa Bernat i Creus), the Casa Fornells, until you reach the Rotonda, an old modernist hotel passing through the gardens of the Tamarita, a romantic vegetable oasis open to the public.
We will go up to the Monastery of Valldoncella where we will find an oasis of spirituality and peace.
For the boldest, we will go up to Casa Evarist Arnús, the Pinar, a neo-gothic mansion that looks like a fairy-tale castle that lights up at night. Breathing the fresh air of this landscape of the Tibidabo mountain in the Collserola Park.
OPTIONAL EXTRA TOUR:
The city of Barcelona is the main stage of the novel written by Carlos Ruiz Zafón in 2002, La Sombra del Viento. Following the novel, we could divide the city into two main scenarios in the novel, the high Barcelona, that of the great mansions of Avinguda Tibidabo, and the Barcelona of the old town, in which we will focus on this route, to live from within The Shadow of the Wind.
We will follow in the footsteps of Daniel Sempere through the most important points in the center of Barcelona related to the novel. We will start by walking along the Rambla de Santa Monica, where we will deviate to look for the Street of the Arc of the Theater, where we will find the famous Bookstore Sempere and Sons. Then we will stroll until we reach the Plaça Reial in Barcelona strolling through this neighborhood with so much history. We will take Call Street, following the Baixada de la Llibreteria and Argenteria Street until we reach the majestic Basilica of Santa María del Mar. Then we will go up Montcada Street to stop in El Xampanyet, later on, with a stop included in Palau de la Música, we will arrive at the restaurant Els Quatre Gats, known for its appearance in the novel. After the visit to the restaurant, we will head to Santa Anna Street and turn into Canuda Street to visit the Ateneu Barcelonès and continue walking until we reach Plaça Nova. The tour will end in the small and striking Plaça de Sant Felip Neri.
Price: To Consult
Duration: Minimum 3 hours.
It can be carried out by electric bicycles in 1 hour and a half of guided tour.
Transportation from pick up point and back.
Extras: Aperitif or lunch.
How to get to our offices in Public Transport?
You can get to our offices in “Ferrocarriles”, Metro and Bus. These are the closest lines:
FGC (Barcelona – Vallès Line): L6, L7, S1, S2, S5, S6, S7. Station: Provença
Metro: L3, L5. Station: Diagonal
Bus: 7, 67 (Station: Balmes – Rosselló) / 6, 33, 34, H8 (Station: Diagonal – Balmes)
CONDITIONS AND REMARKS
This offer is exclusive and upon prior request to BarcelonArt of Travel©
It reserves the right to suspend or modify the activity when the weather and security conditions so require. In case of inclement weather, we will propose the change of the activity in its entirety by another date, to be agreed, with an advance notice of 5 days.
Once the booking is made, you will receive a document with weather information to prevent any type of meteorological incident.
Prices for larger groups on demand.