Reus' Travel Guide

per Martina Cárdenas, Reus, Catalunya | 23 d'agost de 2021 a les 13:00 |
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Reus is a medium-sized city in Catalonia with a population of more than 100,000 people. It is 10km away from the Mediterranean Sea and close to the mountains of the Costa Daurada. The weather is typically Mediterranean, with little rain, hot temperatures during summer and cool temperatures during winter.

Agriculture, tourism, and commerce are the most important strategic sectors for the city's economy. Reus also has great value in Camp de Tarragona, the second demographic, economic, and metropolitan area in Catalunya.

Starting the tour in the outskirts of the city, we find Institut Pere Mata. This building is the city's old psychiatric hospital, although currently mental health services are given in a much bigger area. The facility was designed by Lluís Domènech Montaner and built between 1897 and 1912, in the architect's typical modernist style: mosaics inspired by floral elements, a ton of natural light, stained glass.

Continuing on and getting closer to the city center, we see another emblematic modernist building. Casa Gasull, placed in Sant Joan Street, was also designed by Lluís Domènech Montaner. It too has the usual characteristics of the artist -such as a fabulous handmade mosaic, yet with a slight change of style. Another of Domènech Montaner’s works, Casa Rull, can be found just in front. This is also a modernist construction.

In Llovera Street, there is Casa Tomàs i Jordi, by the modernist architect Pere Caselles i Tarrats. The building stands out for its decoration, carved in stone. Palau Bofarull, located in the same street as the previous building, was built in 1770 by the architect Francesc Bofarull. The dance room and its paintings, inspired by the House of Bourbon, are the most outstanding features of the building.

The next must-see building is Casa Navàs, in Mercadal Square, the core of the city. This house was also built by Lluís Domenech Montaner, between 1901 and 1908. Going into the house is like going into a garden, distinguished by its large stained glass windows, decoration, and paintings.

For a change of pace, we have St Peter's Priory in a gothic style, built in the sixteenth century. Being the largest church in the city, it also boasts a bell tower, one of the most iconic elements of Reus. Just a few steps away, we find Peixateries Velles Square. It is one of the hotspots in the city, thanks to the several restaurants and people that gather there.

We are coming to an end with another sixteenth-century building, Misericòrdia's Sanctuary, a Renaissance structure decored with frescoes. Festivity-wise, Reus has a big impact on Catalan culture. Both the St Peter's and the Misericordia's local festivities bring joy and happiness to Reus citizens every year, thanks to the abundance of leisure and entertainment activities on offer.

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Cap de redacció: Marc Busquets
Departament de Tecnologia: Josep Gallofré / Adrià Martínez

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