The city Reus in Catalonia is best known as Gaudí’s birthplace. Many sights in Reus are therefore dedicated to him. Yet the city and surroundings have a lot more to offer!
Of all the sights in Reus, the house where the world-famous architect Antonio Gaudí was born is the most well known. Gaudí was born here on 25 June 1852. His designs include the Sagrada Familia and Parc Guëll in Barcelona. The house in which he was born is now a museum and you can find it in the Carrer de L’Amargura. Although, the inhabitants of the nearby village of Riudoms claim that Gaudí was born there. As his grandparents lived in Riudoms.
The Centre de Lectura is the largest private library in Catalonia and one of the oldest cultural institutions of Spain. Besides the roughly 260,000 books, the centre also has its own dance, theatre and art school. The large hall, Teatre Bartrina, is also exceptional. This hall has a moveable floor, so the sloping stage can be adapted to suit the activity taking place. This technique was rather special when the hall was built at the start of the 20th century.
The Gaudí Centre is dedicated to the famous architect as well. It is where you can find out everything about the life and works of Gaudí. The museum is very modern and uses audio-visual technology, among other things. So even if you already know Gaudí’s work quite well, there is still plenty to discover in the Gaudí Centre.
L’Institut Pere Mata is a psychiatric hospital designed by architect Lluís Domènech i Muntaner, one of Gaudí’s pupils. It is a wonderful modernistic building. Pere Mata is still in use as a psychiatric hospital, but it is also open to the public. If you want to see more work by Lluís Domènech i Muntaner, then we have good news! There are more sights in Reus by his hand. Visit Casa Navàs, for example.
From Reus you can very easily take a day trip to Tarragona, it is only 13 kilometres away. Tarragona is on the Mediterranean Sea and has a lovely historic centre with many sights. Think for example of the amphitheatre and the ruins of the old Tarraco from Roman times, which is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Excellent for a day trip!