Why Reus?



    Reus enjoys a strategic location between the Mediterranean beaches of the Costa Dorada and the mountains of the interior. An hour south of Barcelona, the city is located on the Mediterranean corridor and is well connected to the rest of Spain and Europe by the AP7 motorway as well as by a range of air and sea infrastructures within a 12-mile radius: the Reus Airport, the Port of Tarragona and a high-performance rail network for both passengers and cargo.


    The Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV) is a leading university in Catalonia and indeed throughout Europe due to the quality of its teaching, its emphasis on continuing education and its excellence in research, development and innovation. The university offers 50 majors and attracts more than 12,000 students. In Reus, it has three faculties and an aeronautical college:

    • Faculty of Business and Economics
    • School of Architecture
    • Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
    • Center for Higher Aviation Studies

    Reus became a pioneer in teaching and learning in 1988 when it founded Mas Carandell, a center for education and entrepreneurship. The mission of this singular institution is to develop and implement active employment policies and to promote a culture of lifelong learning as a way to foster employment and equal opportunities, social integration and sustainable development for the people, businesses and economy of the city and the surrounding area.

    As for research, Reus is part of the Campus of International Excellence Southern Catalonia (CEICS). This campus strategically integrates the productive sector and the various teaching, research and knowledge-transfer institutions of southern Catalonia with the aim of becoming an international leader in a number of fields of study, such as health and nutrition.

    The Escola Internacional del Camp – Salou is located just a few km from Reus city centre. It is an innovative academy, meeting students’ needs with an educational model designed to evolve according to new, and constantly changing, demands: encourages students’ holistic development, English, Catalan and Spanish are the main languages of the school, blends the best Catalan educational tradition, with pre-eminent international models and contributes to the economic, social and cultural development of the region.

    The EIC academy offers a comprehensive curriculum, covering every stage of students’ education: nursery School, primary, preschool, secondary (ESO & Baccalaureate) and vocational Education.


    Reus has a population of more than 100,000 inhabitants. The layout of the city is compact; its diverse uses come together well, and it is well connected. It is about six miles from the beaches of the Costa Dorada, an hour from Barcelona and a short distance from the Priorat wine region and its vineyard landscapes, which produce high-quality wines appreciated all over the world. Nearby are the city of Tarragona, successor to the Roman city Tarraco, the PortAventura theme park and its resorts, and the Ebro Delta Nature Park, among other attractions.

    Reus is the hometown of architectural genius Antoni Gaudí, who designed the Sagrada Família, the Casa Batlló and the Park Güell. Visitors to the city can explore where he spent his childhood and appreciate the mark these places left on his work. A trip to the Gaudí Centre helps visitors better interpret his work.

    The city of Gaudí is also well known for its modernist heritage, including unique architectural pieces like the Casa Navàs or the Pere Mata Institute.

    Strategically located between sea and mountains, Reus is the shopping hub of the Costa Dorada, a status it has earned thanks to its long mercantile tradition, including shops that date back more than a century and its broad, diverse and singular open-air selection.

    One of the most important attractions is the local gastronomy, Mediterranean cuisine par excellence including local specialties such as D.O. Reus hazelnuts, D.O.P. Siurana olive oil and the famous Reus vermouth.

    Culture is one of the defining characteristics of Reus thanks to its very active civil society, its traditions, cultural institutions like the Teatre Fortuny or Centre de Lectura, one of Catalonia’s first cultural centers, and festivals all throughout the year, some of which enjoy international renown.

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