Leisure and culture

Reus

Your shopping center and birthplace of Gaudi

Near everything, far from nothing

The city of Reus has a privileged position: close to small towns and just a few minutes away from the coastside, a stone’s throw from Cambrils and Salou, and almost directly connected to Tarragona. Near the city, if you go inland, you are already in the Priorat area, the origin of some of the region’s most important wines. In addition, Reus Airport is on the outskirts of the city, with commercial flights all over Europe during the high season.

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Modernist city

Although it is a source of discusions between the people of Reus and the neighboring city of Riudoms, Reus is considered the city where Antoni Gaudí was born and raised, where you can find dozens of buildings designed and built under his architectural influence, such as Casa Rull, Casa Navàs or Casa Gasull (some of them can be visited inside) or the Pere Mata Institute (psychiatric hospital). Reus also preserves the memory of Antoni Gaudí, from his birthplace to the places where he spent frequently his childhood and adolescence before he left for Barcelona and of course the Gaudí Center, an innovative space for the interpretation of modernism, of his life and artwork. Of course there are also other art galleries dedicated to artists such as Marià Fortuny or Joan Rebull.

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Shopping

Reus is also known in the region by the commercial aspect. This trend has been rooted in the city since the end of the nineteenth century and continues, which carried to the transformation of the city into an important commercial center. In the shopping streets you will find all kinds of shops and stores which is a perfect excuse to visit the city and admire the monuments. You will also find the Pallol shopping center.

Do you fancy a Vermouth?

In Reus you will find two typical drinks: Plim and Vermouth. The Plim is a mix of fruit juices and is considered the typical drink of Reus and from that the expression “For me, Plim …!” The Vermouth is the great tradition of the city (and even has its own museum) and thus the “masclet” is brewed, a typical drink from the city festival of Reus, which is a mix of Vermouth and Plim. On the other hand, the almond from the region is produced in Reus (and with designation of origin),  “Almendrina” is made, an almond milk that can be used as a sweetener, hot or cold drink.

Other points of interest:

The  General Juan Prim Square, The Priory of San Pedro and the festivities dedicated to San Pedro in the 29th of June