The creative epicentre of this special branch of Art Nouveau can be found in Reus
The creative epicenter of the modernism can be found in Reus, just 15 km from Tarragona, which together with Barcelona saw the development of urban and bourgeois Catalan modernism. Reus is a typical Catalan city, internationally recognized for its important Art Nouveau heritage and for its close link with the architect Antoni Gaudí, as well as being and ideal shopping destination.
At the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th century Art Nouveau took strong root in Reus, making it the most important Art Nouveau city in Catalonia, along with Barcelona. Nowadays, Reus has one of the most important collections of Art Nouveau buildings in Europe, which can be discovered by following the “Art Nouveau Route”; a trip around the 28 most significant buildings in the city. The highlights include works by the great architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner, who designed the Pere Mata Institute, Navàs House, Rull House and Gasull House, among others.
The city where Gaudí was born, Reus, also maintains some places closely connected to his youth and childhood, which are included in the “Gaudí and Reus Route”. Another must is a visit to the Gaudí Center, a modern interactive museum dedicated to the life and works of Gaudí, where the visitor can also get to know more about the important architectural heritage of the city.
Near Tarragona, inland from the Costa Daurada, we will find a fascinating, mystic and religious legacy: the Cistercian Route.
Present-day Tarragona prides itself on retaining its imperial past as one of the most important capitals over many centuries.