Wonderfully positioned on the east coast of Spain, visitors of Reus are greeted by an intoxicating nightlife, lashing of great sunny weather and a cultural scene that boasts some of the finest wines in the world. Thanks to its strong reputation for quality vino the many local restaurants offer an array of delicious specialities centred around the great local wines, while the shopping scene is dominated by an amazing selection of quality markets and impressive boutique stores.
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 Presó 4), offering boutiques, restaurants and bars in the heart of the city.
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 Vilàr 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 Gaudí (Passeig Prim 2) for tasty local tapas.
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.
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.
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
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 mâché outfits attempt to pirouette through the street.
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.