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The historic town of Reus is a popular holiday base in the Catalonia region of northeast Spain. The town is a relaxing spot with an atmospheric centre packed with architectural gems, cafés and shops. Of note are the early 16th century St Pere’s Church and structures pertinent to famous local son, the artist Gaudi. With a car rental in Reus the Costa Dorada and seaside resorts around Tarragona and Salou are within easy range. Barcelona and its myriad delights are just over 100kms away.
Who to Book With
Seven car hire firms provide service from depots dotted around town and at the town’s airport. Although a few of these companies are local, international suppliers such as National and Budget are also represented. People wishing to reserve a vehicle can make an online booking with most of the companies before departure.
Best time to go
Reus is at its busiest during the peak holiday months between mid-June and the end of August. Accommodation and car rental rates are usually higher at this time of year. It is best to avoid these months if possible and visit between April and June or September and October.
Need to Know Essentials
People picking up car hires in Reus need to produce the following documents:
- A current UK or international driving license
- A passport or other form of ID with a photo
- The bank or credit card used to make the booking
- A printed receipt of the reservation
Central Reus is not easily navigated and parking spaces are often hard to find. Once outside the city, roads are less busy and self-drive cars come into their own. Well-signposted routes allow visitors to reach their destinations easily. It is a good idea to keep an adequate braking distance from the vehicle in front as local drivers sometimes do the unexpected.
Our guide to driving in Spain provides more comprehensive information about the road rules and conditions here.
Reus Airport is one of the main airports in the region offering access to Costa Dorada resorts. Most of the tourist draws in central Reus are within walking distance of each other and the main grouping of hotels. Transport options for travelling farther afield are bus, taxi, train and rental vehicle. A car hire in Reus is probably the best option for day trips as it offers the convenience of being able to stop and start at will as well as the freedom to get off the beaten track.
Reus Railway Station is on Plaza de La Estacion. Trains run at intervals of approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes in each direction between Reus and Barcelona. Journey times can be up to two hours and depends on whether the train is an express or local service. Timetables and fare information are available on the website of the national rail operator Renfe.
The Reus Transport Company operates a comprehensive bus network which covers most parts of the city. There are also buses that serve some locations in the outlying areas as well as PortAventura Amusement Park, Salou and Cambrils. There are bus services from both the airport and the railway station to the bus station.
Union Taxi Reus is the official taxi operator in Reus and its drivers are on call 24/7. There are taxi ranks at the airport, the bus station, the train station and four other locations in or close to the town centre. The company website allows for online bookings which are priced on fixed fares for specific destinations.
Although Reus is an idyllic base for sightseeing and day trips in this part of Catalonia, its own sights and attractions are limited to the town centre. People exploring with car hire will soon discover there is a diverse choice of sights and draws in the vicinity. Serra de Montsant mountains and its wine production area are inland while the AP7 Autopista del Mediterraneo is the primary access route for Barcelona, Tarragona, Salou and all points south to Valencia.
PortAventura Amusement Park - This is on the north side of Salou and the biggest such facility in southern Europe. Zones themed on global countries and history offer thrilling rides such as the Furius Baco accelerator roller-coaster and Dragon Khan. Four hotels, three golf courses and a superb range of dining outlets ensure people of all ages are catered for.
Miravet Castle - This is a fabulous 12th-century edifice that stands like a guardian angel on the banks of the River Ebro. It was built in a Romanesque style and highlights in it include St Marti’s Chapel.
Cambrils - This beautiful location offers a pleasing mix of history and golden beaches. Nine kilometres of golden sands, a heritage port with old fishing boats and quaint cafés, and sights such as the Port Watch Tower and the excavated remnants of a Roman villa ensure that Cambrils remains a firm favourite with day trippers.