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Stunning architecture, golden beaches and tasty brandy!

Looking for a holiday in the sun that combines bustling Spanish town life with relaxed beaches? Look no further than Reus in the Costa Dorada! This picturesque town is set on the beautiful Catalan coast near Salou. Costa Dorada is the perfect base for a fun holiday as it offers many activities for everybody, especially families. The exciting city of Barcelona is also within driving distance.

Sightseeing

Sightseeing in Reus

Reus may be a tranquil town but it has a unique atmosphere. It’s a stunning place all summer long, but June is an especially great time to visit. You’ll see the streets come alive with live music, singing and dancing at authentic Spanish fiestas. Reus was once famous for the production of ‘Vermouth’ brandy, so try a tipple to wash down with some tapas!

The coastline of the Costa Dorada is beautiful with rocky coves set against golden sands and blue waterfronts you can see for miles. Salou is a popular seaside resort in easy reach from Reus. It’s the perfect base for a holiday with beaches, countryside and town life all rolled into one.

Antoni Gaudi was the architect behind Barcelona’s best buildings. He was born in Reus and lived in the city until he was 17. The Gaudi Centre celebrates his life with scaled-down models of his most inspired designs.

Gaudi’s influence also lives on with the Modernist Route. It will lead you past 26 stunning structures including the Modernist buildings of Lluís Domènech i Montaner.

To see Gaudi’s colourful and wacky stonework up close, the buzzing city of Barcelona is just one hour’s drive away. It’s well worth a visit, and you could also explore its shops, modern port area and the huge Barcelona FC stadium.

The popular PortAventura Theme Park, around 8km from Reus, is also perfect for a thrilling day out!

Costa Dorada offers plenty of places to eat out day and night. Most restaurants have outdoor terraces so you can enjoy the warm weather during your evening meal too. Places here cater to all palates but the traditional Mediterranean flavours are the essence of Costa Dorada cuisine, as well as classic tapas.

If you want to explore your surroundings more, don’t miss the Roman city of Tarragona (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) or the fisherman’s town of Cambrils. There’s also 92km of coastline, medieval monasteries and charming inland villages on your doorstep. Venture further for landscapes of great natural beauty and historical vineyards all easily reached by the excellent transport networks.

Activities

Fun Seekers in Reus

Reus is the perfect base for a fun beach holiday with your mates. The Costa Dorada offers beautiful beaches where you can simply soak up the sun or hit the sea for some watersports. Reus itself offers plenty of shops, bars and restaurants whether you fancy a quick bite to eat, a refreshing drink or a long relaxing evening meal.

You can’t go to Reus without having a day trip to the PortAventura theme park, which has a large choice of rides from the more gentle to the terrifying! PortAventura’s Costa Caribe Water Park also has lots of exciting water rides, flumes, rapids and a wave pool.

Reus and Tarragona are both great choices for culinary delights. Here, you’ll enjoy dinner in small restaurants offering local food and wine. If you prefer seafood, your best place is Cambrils. In Salou and La Pineda, you’ll find a variety of international cuisine mixed with local dishes like paella and tapas, or even good old British pub grub! The nightlife is more lively in nearby Salou. Bars and nightclubs get the celebrations started with dance music, shows and live bands.

Tarragona also plays host to many fiestas and public dances, particularly in mid August and September. The most famous of these is the Santa Tecla Festival, taking place in mid September. It’s a 10-day extravaganza of parades and street performances in honor of the local saint.

Families

Family Fun in Reus

The family friendly beaches of Costa Dorada are nearby to Reus. Many are Blue Flag awarded and most of them have a shallow depth. That makes them safer for the kids to play on and of course, splash about!

PortAventura is within a few minutes from the main towns of Costa Dorada. It’s perfect for a fun-filled family day out for with rides for the little ones and the grown ups! If you’d prefer to make a splash, then try any of the three water parks: Aqualeon, where guests can also enjoy a theme park devoted to nature; Aquopolis, which boasts a dolphinarium offering amazing dolphin shows; and Costa Caribe Water Park, part of the PortAventura resort and home to a spectacular heated indoor area.

Enjoy the local cuisine by going to a tapas restaurant in the evening. The whole family can share a range a mouthwatering small dishes that the locals dine on too – always a sign of good food!

Couples

Romantic Breaks in Reus

Reus combines nearby beaches and pretty scenery with a great choice of restaurants and bars. It makes it a perfect destination for couples who want to enjoy a holiday together in the sun. The beautiful climate is perfect for relaxing in the day as the sun beats down. Take a gentle stroll along the sands of the beaches in Salou and admire the picturesque Costa Dorada coastline.

As the evening draws in, stay at the beach to watch the sunset or find a traditional bar where you can enjoy some local wine together. Then head to one of the many restaurants to dine under the stars like the locals do. For a livelier evening, head to Salou which has a variety of fantastic paella restaurants as well as cocktail bars and nightclubs.

Top Tips

Shopping

Reus is the most commercial city on the Costa Dorada. It has over 600 stores in downtown pedestrian streets, including most prestigious brands. In Tarragona, you can find shopping centres like Parc Central or El Corte Ingles.

Wine Tourism

The Costa Dorada has six wine Designations of Origin. The cellars from Priorat are recognized world wide and they are only 30 minutes’ drive from Reus.

Sports

You can practice sports surrounded by nature with endless activities such as golf, canyoning, mountain biking, kayaking, horseback riding, climbing, trekking and fishing.

Language

Catalonia is known, among others, for its rich cultural diversity and it is a bilingual society. Catalan and Spanish are both official languages. Try some Catalan expressions, such as: Bon dia (Good morning), Bona nit (Good evening), Sisplau (please), Adéu (Goodbye). Below you’ll also find some key phrases in Spanish:

Key phrases

  • Please, thank you – Por favor, gracias
  • How much? – ¿Cuanto es?
  • Good morning/afternoon/night – Buenos dias/buenas tardes/buenas noches.
  • Excuse me – Perdon
  • How are you? – ¿Como esta?
  • I don't understand – No entiendo
  • Do you speak English? – ¿Habla usted ingles?
  • I don't speak Spanish – No hablo español
  • I would like… - Quisiera…
  • Is there a bank/post office near here? – ¿Hay un banco/correos cerca de aqui?
  • Do you have…? – ¿Tiene…?
  • The time – la hora
  • A double room – una habitacion con cama matrimonial.
  • Where is…? – ¿Donde esta…?
  • The train station – la estacion de ferrocarril
  • The bus station – la estacion de autobuses
  • Cost of a pint of beer: £1.70