October 11, 2021

Reus (pronounced Rūs) is the capital city of Baix Camp in Catalonia, Spain. It is the second-largest city in Tarragona Province, founded in 1833. The area is 52.93 km² with a population of 106,168.

History

  • In 1154, A part of Reus was given to Bertran de Castellet by the Archbishop of Tarragona as a castellan to build a church.
  • The King of Aragon permitted Reus to Hold market days on Mondays.
  • It was the production center of 30 varieties of vermouth in the 19th century, with “Doing vermouth” becoming a tradition.

What to Do & See in Reus

  • Plaça de Prim is a square with the statue of General Joan Prim, who said, “looking for a democratic monarchy in Europe is like trying to find an atheist in heaven.”
  • A bi-annual exhibition by the Reus Institut Municipal d’ Accio Cultural is a showcase of fine art photographers from around the world working in Alternative Photographic Processes.
  • Tourist attractions include the Gaudi Center Reus, Casa Navàs, Institut Pere Mata, Hipica West Fork, Plaza del Mercadal.
  • The Gaudí Route in Reus is on the Route of Four Geniuses.

Fun Facts

  • Reus comes from Latin, meaning prisoners as it was probably a Roman penitentiary or is the Celtic redis meaning an inhabited place in a cross-road.
  • It is the birthplace of Antoni Gaudí, who is often called “God’s Architect.” Ironically, there are no buildings designed by him in Reus.
  • Hazelnuts were grown when the 1895 phylloxera plague killed off many vineyards.

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