It has that wonderful feeling of being protected by the mountains, but with the sea just a short distance away. So, although strictly speaking it falls into the inland category, you are not far from the coast at all.
Located 10 km from the sea and the Golden Coast, Reus has its own and small airport only 3 km From the center of the city. Companies such as Ryanair and other low-cost airlines operate there.
However, many of the passengers using these airlines have no idea of the beauty of the city itself, and just go to the nearby coastal cities like Salou and Cambrils.
The closest beach is Salou, but there are many others to choose from, such as La Pineda and Cambrils.
Besides, the fabulous city of Tarragona It is only 14 km away, which is about 15 minutes by car.
My first time in the center of the city of Reus was at the end of August, and in addition to the incredible architecture, I was very struck by the amount of lovely shops.
Some of these stores also had outdoor displays of their products, no doubt to tempt you into buying, but at the same time to increase the street atmosphere.
I had seen pictures online of Plaza de Prim, but of course they cannot translate the majesty that surrounds you, when you are in the square in person.
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For me the pleasure of having a coffee in the square is enough of an excuse to go to Reus, although there are many more.
One of the reasons why many people visit the city of Reus is to follow in the footsteps of Gaudí.
There is a route that you can follow, which allows you to trace the places where he was born, baptized and spent his childhood and youth, and incorporates a visit to the Gaudí Centre.
In addition, the city is part of a four-destination route, which also takes you to places where other creative geniuses have passed, so you could follow in the footsteps of Picasso, Miró and Casals.
Lovers of modernism also flock to the city to visit the modernist buildings that make up the Reus Modernism Route.
In reality, it is not even necessary for you to do the route, although of course it would be very good to do it if you are interested in modernism or architecture.
Once you reach the central part of the city you come across more or less modernist buildings anyway.
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What to see in Reus and what to do
1. Reus Town Hall – Reus Town Hall
Sometimes you will see it even in some of the smaller towns, and in a city like Reus, the Town Hall is one of the many buildings to admire.
The original building in the same place dates from the 16th century.
2. Prim Square – Prim Square
Although this is not where you will find the Gaudi Centre, this square is usually one of the most photographed places in Reus. Guess why?
3. Mercadal Square
If you have already marked number 1 on this list of things to do in Reus, then you will have been to Plaça del Mercadal.
Whatever your first or main reason for going there, don't forget to hang out and enjoy its beauty and its terraces for a drink.
4. Antic Hospital de Sant Joan Reus – Old Hospital of Sant Joan Reus
In the book written by Mr. Pere Anguera, about the history of the hospital from 1240 to 1990, it is said that little was known about the hospital in the early days, except that the primitive hospital existed in the year 1244.
Until the 16th century, the income of the hospital depended on those who were kind enough to leave donations.
However, later, in the 18th century, an adequate management system already existed.
5. A Giant Celebration – Statues For The City Of Giants In Catalonia In 1993
In a way, I'd rather not talk to you about this, because it's fun to bump into these statues.
The tradition of giants throughout Catalonia is absolutely huge, forgive the pun, and these statues celebrate Reus being the city of giants in Catalonia, in the year 1993.
6. Luminous Fountains of Salou
Making the short drive 9 km trip to Salou To spend an afternoon of your vacation, it is worth it to see the Luminous Fountains of Salou.
Officially known as the Illuminated Fountain of Salou, this show includes 210 variations of light, water and music. Check it out here at Salou Illuminated Fountain.
7. The Catalan Farmhouse Salou – The Catalan Farmhouse
Regardless of the time of year you are, the Catalan farmhouse in Salou is also worth a visit
During the summer season there is a lot to do there, and at Christmas you can see the living nativity scene there.
8. Statue of General Prim – Plaça de Prim – Plaza de Prim Reus
You will not want to miss the impressive figure that the statue of General Prim makes in the square in his honor.
9. Statue of Fortuny
Around the corner you can see the statue in honor of Marià Fortuny i Marsal – the best known Catalan painter of his time, both nationally and internationally, who was more commonly called Marià Fortuny or Mariano Fortuny.
10. House where José Tapiró y Baró was born
José Tapiró y Baró was a great friend of Fortuny and another great Catalan painter. You can see the house where he was born also in Reus.
11. Tarragona beaches
Have you ever sunbathed and swum with an amphitheater in the background?
If not, why don't you head to the wonderful city of Tarragona to see its beaches? Just this one 14 km from Reus, so click here on Tarragona Beaches to see them.
12. Salou beaches
If you prefer an obviously super-lively resort town, then Salou could be your cup of tea…or beer, as might be the case in a place like this.
Is alone 9 km from Reus. Check the resort's beaches by following the Salou Beaches link.
13. Cambrils beaches
A very popular choice among Irish families is the port city of Cambrils.
There you can find beautiful beaches, as well as a Mc Donalds that is in a great location, overlooking the promenade and the sea. Look at the beaches of Cambrils here – they are around 12 km from Reus.
14. Pineda Beach
Another good place for a good beach about 2.5 km long is La Pineda, also not far from Reus, about 14 km. At some points you can lose yourself in the glorious smell of the pine trees of La Pineda beach.
15. Priory Church of Sant Pere de Reus – Priory Church of Sant Pere Reus
It is a striking church, of great architecture, which is not very far from the Gaudí Centre. It has beautiful stained glass windows, it was built between 1512 and 1569.
16. Salvador Vilaseca from the Archaeological Museum of Reus
Calle Raval de Santa Anna, 59, 43201 Reus – Telephone: +34 977 010 660
Here you can see objects such as ceramics from the 16th and 17th centuries, Baroque religious statues, Gothic panels, as well as remains from different eras, such as Roman and prehistoric times.
The collection takes you to a journey through the history of this beautiful city.
17. Port Aventura Salou
The famous Port Aventura is located a short distance from Reus, about 10 km away. To find out more about the theme park that, in 2012, won the award for the best amusement park in Europe.
18. Aquopolis Costa Dorada- La Pineda Platja
Just 14 km from Reus you can visit the water park, which is right on the beach of La Pineda Platja, click here for details.
Reus Modernist Route
19. Casa Gasull Reus – Casa Gasull
Carrer de Sant Joan 29
Designed by the surprising and prolific architect Lluís Domènech i Muntaner, in collaboration with his son Pere Domènech i Roura, this modernist house was built in 1911 for the oil merchant Pere Gasull i Roig.
20. Gaudí Center Reus
Whether you have come to the city of Reus because of Anton Gaudí or not, it would be something close to a crime to go there and visit the Gaudí Centre.
Right in the heart of the old town is a center that pays homage to the city's most famous son, allowing you to delve into his genius and engage your senses.
21. Gaudí Reus Route
Ideally, if you have enough time, you should do the Gaudí Route in Reus, which will take you to the places where he was born, baptized and the places where he spent his childhood and youth.
It also includes the Gaudí Center.
Click on here to know more.
Corner of the street of Jesus
Another creation by the prolific architect Lluis Domenech i Montaner, Casa Navàs was built between the years 1901-1908.
The best artisans of the time took part in it and it has not been the subject (until 2014) of any reform.
The visit to Casa Navàs Reus is a mandatory stop as it is one of the symbols of the city and its impressive architecture will not leave you indifferent.
23. Pere Mata Institute – Peter Mata Institute
On the outskirts of the city
Built between 1897 and 1912, the Pere Mata Institute in Reus was designed by Lluis Domenech i Montaner., as a psychiatric hospital in the area.
It is cataloged as a BCIL for modernist architecture and, specifically, the pavilion has been a Cultural Asset of National Interest since 2013.
24. Pinyol House
It is a modernist building by the architect, Pere Caselles I Tarrats which was built in 1910.
25. Rull House
Carrer de Sant Joan 27
Casa Rull is another modernist building of Lluís Domenech i Montaner, built in 1901.
26. Prat de la Riba Schools
Avinguda Prat de la Riba 36.
Was built by Pere Caselles i Tarratyes, in 1911.
27. Escorxador (now the library)
At the top of the building you can still see the sign indicating that it was the slaughterhouse. It was designed by Pere Caselles i Tarrats, in 1899.
28. Estació Enològica – Onelogy Station
Paseo Sunyer 4 – 6
Another wonderful modernist building of Pere Caselles i Tarrats, built between 1906 and 1910. It certainly looks like an interesting place to work, studying all aspects of wine..
29. Munne House
Raval Martí Folguera 2
Casa Munné was designed by Pere Caselles i Tarrats, in 1904,
30. Casa Sarda
Avinguda Prat de la Riba, 41
Also for Pere Caselles i Tarrats, in 1896
31. Marco House
Raval Santa Anna 23 – 25
Casa Marco is next to Pere Domenech Roura, from the year 1926,
32. Xalet Serra
Chalet Serra is next to Joan Rubio i Bellver, designed in 1911.
33. Reus Central Market
Calle Sardà i Cailà, s/n – Telephone. 977 300 006
Located almost opposite the old San Juan hospital, the Reus Central Market has been serving customers since 1949.
It is a large market, measuring 3915m2 and also has another 443m2 for storage and refrigerators.
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday 07:30 to 15:00
Map of Reus
We hope this post on what to see in Reus helps you to visit this beautiful city.
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