Reus

On the Costa Dorada in Catalonia on Spain’s east coast

Reus is the perfect spot for some gentle winter sun or a full-on family summer holiday... handily located for Port Aventura, one of Europe’s biggest and busiest theme parks.

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Shopping

Reus’ dramatic colonnaded squares and imposing honey stone boulevards are home to more than 600 shops, including the usual suspects such as Zara and Mango. But it’s not all high-street heaven; the city is home to several markets, including the vast Mercadillo Central de Reus (Carrer Prat de la Riba), which has more than 150 stalls selling everything from unique handicrafts to fresh, local food. Most of the big designer names are to be found at Passeig Comercial El Pallol (Carrer de La Pres 4), offering boutiques, restaurants and bars in the heart of the city.

Food & Drink

Reus is the capital of Baix Camp, a Spanish comarca (county) famous for its excellent wines. Not surprisingly then, the foodie scene in the city revolves around the ruby brew, with local sommeliers only too happy to point you in the right direction. La Giberga (Carrer d' en Vilr 12) is a good place to start and has excellent local wines to accompany its repertoire of hearty Catalan fare. Cullerades (Carrer de Pubill Oriol 8) is a family-run restaurant that’s also worth a visit if just for the menjar blanc – a local pudding made with cream and almonds. Head to Ciutat Gaud (Passeig Prim 2) for tasty local tapas.

Events

Reus Carnival
February
This two-week street party includes all the classic elements of a carnival: parades, wackily dressed participants and huge, elaborate floats. There’s also free-flowing food and drink.

FEC Festival
March
Whether a comedy skit, mini documentary or cinematic art installation, this annual film festival is dedicated to the short, which means there’s always plenty to see.

Trapezi
May
For a few days each May, Reus is invaded by hordes of acrobats performing in streets and squares across the city. As you’d expect, those who have mastered the trapeze top the bill.

Festa major de Sant Pere
June
The biggest fiesta on the Reus social calendar, Sant Pere celebrates the life of the city’s patron saint with parades, virtuoso displays of Catalan dancing and a huge bonfire. The event also includes the ‘dance of the giants’, when locals sporting oversized papier mch outfits attempt to pirouette through the street.

Cos
October
Autumn sees theatre companies from all over Europe descend on the city for its annual mime festival. The four-day event includes a mix of performances, workshops and discussions.

Hotels

Barcelona may possess his buildings but Reus is the birthplace of Spain’s favourite architect, Antoni Gaud, and its hoteliers aren’t about to let you forget it. Most overt is the Hotel Gaud (Carrer Arrabal Robuster 49), which although not Gaud-designed, is on the city’s modernist art route and five minutes from the centre. A slightly more luxe option is Brea’s Hotel (Avinguda Reus Tarragona 1), which has gorgeous city views and a great restaurant specialising in Catalan cuisine. For those on a budget, there’s the central Hotel Oll (Passeig Prim 45), a comfortable base for exploring the city.

Essentials

  • Language

    Spanish

  • Currency

    Euro

  • Time zone

    GMT +1 hour (GMT +2 hours in summer)

  • Flight time

    2 hours 30

  • Holiday type

    Beach, Summer sun, City break

Weather

  • 22/12/2014 -

    Sunny skies

    13C max 7C min
  • 23/12/2014 -

    Sunny skies

    17C max 9C min
  • 24/12/2014 -

    Sunny skies

    16C max 8C min
  • 25/12/2014 -

    Partly cloudy skies

    14C max 6C min
  • 26/12/2014 -

    Sunny skies

    11C max 7C min
  • 27/12/2014 -

    Sunny skies

    11C max 4C min
  • 28/12/2014 -

    Sunny skies

    17C max 7C min
  • Jan
    13°C max 5°C min
  • Feb
    14°C max 5°C min
  • Mar
    14°C max 7°C min
  • Apr
    18°C max 8°C min
  • May
    23°C max 13°C min
  • Jun
    23°C max 16°C min
  • Jul
    18°C max 18°C min
  • Aug
    30°C max 20°C min
  • Sep
    26°C max 17°C min
  • Oct
    22°C max 12°C min
  • Nov
    17°C max 8°C min
  • Dec
    14°C max 5°C min