Reus is ideally placed on Catalonia's sparkling coast, near the charming port city of Tarragona and close to Barcelona, one of Europe's most exciting and historic city break destinations.
The town itself is an ancient community which rose to fame for the quality of its local brandy. Today, it may be more famous for being the birthplace of Antonio Gaudi, one of the world's most famous architects, who designed some of Barcelona's most weird and wonderful buildings. Visitors to Reus can learn all about the town's most famous son at the Gaudi Centre in the middle of town.
The architectural delights do not end there though, as the city is dotted with gorgeous creations, some of them by Gaudi himself. Take a walking tour through the winding streets past beautiful constructions like Casa Navas and the Institut Pere Mata (by another great Spanish architect, Montaner), or the baroque splendour of the Bofarull Palace.
This feast for the eyes can then be accompanied by outdoor enjoyment. Reus has some excellent golf courses in its locality, a world-class climbing gym, a bowling alley and, most of all, the pure white beaches of the Costa Dorada. Most people who visit Reus will want to balance sight-seeing with relaxing on some of Spain's finest beaches.
Costa Dorada means "golden coast" - and the beaches near town will not disappoint. Neither will gorgeous coastal fishing ports like Sitges, which also hosts one of Europe's most raucous carnivals. But the festivals in towns like Reus occur all year round, and something will always be catching your eye as you explore the city streets.
For nightlife lovers, Barcelona beckons, while even closer to Reus, Tarragona boasts one of the best-preserved ancient Roman cities in Iberia, as well as some of Catalonia's finest tapas bars.
When to fly to Reus
Reus is very much a summer destination, so expect big crowds and expensive prices for accommodation and transportation between June and September. However, an Easter break can still bring great temperatures, lively cultural events and a chance to visit Barcelona free from the bustle and stress of high-season. So head over in March or April for ideal sight-seeing conditions.
Getting around Reus
Reus is really small enough to make walking the best way to see the city centre. More adventurous travellers could rent a bike, and it is only an hour or so by bicycle to the coast. Car rental is a good option for anyone wanting to visit Barcelona.