The city of Reus can be found in the province of Tarragona. It’s the birthplace of the famous architect Gaudi and the Port Aventura theme park resort is nearby.
What Should I See First in Reus?
There’s a lot to see in Reus but be sure to visit the Gaudi Centre, a tribute to the great architect. Ironically none of Gaudi’s work can actually be seen in the city itself which is why a visit to the centre is so worthwhile. You'll leave with the knowledge and ideas of a genius. Located in the heart of the city, it’s easy to find and will make for an enjoyable half day visit. Outside you will find the surrounding buildings all built in unique styles of different architects such as Pere Caselles i Tarrats.
Just around the corner from the Gaudi Centre is the Casa Navas. The Casa Navas was designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner and was constructed in 1901. Apart from the building’s tower, all of it remains to this date. The tower was unfortunately destroyed during the Spanish Civil War. Inside you’ll find elegant marble work, great paintings and classy furniture.
Take some time out and head towards the Plaza Prim. With a lot of areas for you to sit, it’s a great place to people watch whilst absorbing the city’s atmosphere. In the centre of the plaza is a monument to General Juan Prim who was born in the city. Surrounding the plaza are tall buildings which each have their own unique styles.
Near the Plaza is the stunning Bofarull Palace. The main entrance to the building features expert masonry work around its large brown door. Inside awaits majestic artwork which is truly stunning to see. The palace was the family home of the city’s mayor Josep Bofarrull y Gavalda in 1760.
Highlights of the Area
Just outside of the city is the theme park Port Aventura. It’s one of the biggest theme parks in Europe and it boasts its very own waterpark. The theme park is split into six sections; Mediterrania, Polynesia, China, Mexico, Far West and Sesamo Adventura. Here you can spend a whole day out with the family.
The Mediterrania is the first area which you will walk through as you enter. Littered around the area are restaurants, gift shops and rides. Polynesia contains rides with some that feature water, such as the Tutuki Splash where you look to survive the fury of the erupting volcano. Whilst approaching the theme park you will notice one roller coaster that lives in the skyline, the Dragon Khan. This rollercoaster is the main attraction to the park and it’s been there since the start in 1995. With eight loops, this is one for the bravest of people. If the Dragon Khan is too much, test yourself on the giant Imperial China Tea Cups instead!