While the mention of Catalonia instantly conjures images of Barcelona, the would-be country has an incredible range of places worth visiting. As the birthplace of Antoni Gaudi, one could say that Barcelona owes a large debt to little Reus. This charming seaside town is also situated not far from the Pyrenees, meaning that there is reason to visit at any time of year. By winter, it’s a convenient base for snow sports holidays, while in the summer, tourists flock to enjoy the traditionally excellent weather and gentle waters of the Costa Daurada.
With a history that dates back to the 1150s, when it became the site of a church commissioned by the archbishop of Tarragona, Reus has transformed much over the years. In the 18th century, the town built up a strong reputation in the textile and brandy trade, and was even frequently mentioned synonymously with esteemed Paris and London for the quality and widespread availability of its alcoholic goods. This led to huge development within Reus during that century and it became the second city of Catalonia.
Today, there is still much to do in Reus besides idle on the beach at Tarragona, although this is advised too! The Gothic church of St Peter is a particular highlight in a town full of stunning architecture that will leave your neck sore from constant craning. It was built in the 15th century and has a beautiful interior, with intricately designed stained glass windows. Nearby is the Gaudi Centre, which provides a comprehensive insight into the artist’s life and works – a must-see for all those with an interest in architecture and the arts. In fact, Reus is part of The Route of the Four Geniuses; a trail that takes visitors through cities inhabited by Picasso, Miro and Casals. Another interesting attraction is the Patacada Anti-Aircraft Shelter. It’s now a museum, but was built during the Civil War to protect citizens from aviation attacks led by the dictator, Franco, and remains a fascinating subterranean legacy hidden beneath the city.
There is, of course, excellent access to Barcelona, where you can chill out with a mojito on Barceloneta beach or visit Gaudi’s verdant home, Park Güell, spotting his masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia as you gaze out across the cityscape. Ironically, there are no Gaudi buildings in Reus itself! A car hire from Reus also provides good access to Gerona and Valencia, which makes it a convenient choice. Here at Auto Europe, we’ve been providing car hire since 1954 and have strong relationships with the best suppliers at the best rates on the market. Have a look at our booking engine or call our dedicated customer service team and start planning your Catalonian break!
The road network in Reus is strong, with most of the streets in the city conforming vaguely to a reliable grid-based system. In the heart of Reus, many of the streets are pedestrianised, however this is no obstacle to those with a car rental in Reus, as these areas can be either circumvented or explored by foot. Parking is available across the city, however it can sometimes be hard to find a space in summer – pre-booked parking is available in private car parks.
Reus is located in Catalonia, north-west Spain. It is just 10km from the sea, on the Costa Daurada, cradled by mountains and not too far from the majestic Pyrenees range. The surrounding land is rich in trees and very fertile, providing olives, fruit, grapes, hemp and cereals. Barcelona is not far to the east, while Valencia is a two and a half-hour drive down the coast.
Reus Airport serves much of the surrounding area, including Tarragona, Salou and often even Barcelona. The airport is situated just 4km east of the city centre and can be reached via the N-420. Direct flights are available to around 10 cities, including Dublin, London and Eindhoven. Ryanair and Easyjet both operate at Reus Airport.
Reus Airport (REU)
Address: Autovía Tarragona-Reus C-14, s/n, 43204 Reus, Tarragona, Spain
Website: Reus Airport
Telephone: +34 902 40 47 04
There are no petrol stations very close the airport so it is better to ensure that your fuel level matches that stated in your policy before departing with your car hire from Reus to the airport.
Several buses are in operation around Reus, run by Reus Transport. The L50 travels very frequently directly to and from the airport. You can either buy tickets directly from the driver or with a pre-paid card which you scan inside the bus. There is also a train station situated in the city that provides links with Barcelona and further afield and several taxi firms operate within the city.
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