Novels set in Barcelona


‘La Catedral del Mar’ (Cathedral of the sea, in English) is a novel written by Ildefons Falcones, a Catalan writer. It has been translated into several languages and tells the adventures lived by a servant in the Middle Age. Actually, the cathedral where many actions took place, is Santa Maria del Mar basilica, located in the Born district. In this Barcelona neighbourhood you will enjoy a varied environment.

‘La Sombra del viento’ (Shadow of the wind) is another famous novel set in Barcelona. It was written by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, and it has become a best-seller worldwide. It developes in the early twentieth century and through many Barcelona locations, such as Plaça Reial, Rambla de Santa Mónica, Plaça de Sant Jaume and the Call (Barcelona’s Jewish Quarter), you will be able to discover Barcelona Gothic area. The success of this book is evident, and there are several guided routes to discover all the places involved on the book’s pages.

Finally, Eduardo Mendoza tells moments in history elapsed between the two famous universal exhibitions of 1888 and 1929. His historical novel, ‘La ciudad de los prodigios’ (The City of Marvels), shows us different locations, including el Parc de Ciutadella (Ciutadella park), which becomes the meeting point for young people and families due its friendly atmosphere.

If you have already been in Barcelona, all these places will sound familiar to you. Anyway, never it’s too late. Write all these charming and historic locations down because all of them are mandatory for your next visit.