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Reus is in the Catalonia region of Spain on the Costa Dorada, otherwise known as Spain's Golden Coast. It is a popular place to base yourself if you want to hire a car and explore this part of Spain and all that it has to offer.

Why go?

The area is well known for beach holidays and enjoys year-round sun as well as some lovely scenery in the nearby hills...

The area is particularly well suited to those looking for a family holiday as there are many resorts and places to visit that are family-orientated such as Port Aventura and the beach resorts of Sitges and Salou.

Reus is famous as the birthplace of Antoni Gaudi, whose signature style of architecture can be seen in Barcelona. The town is popular for its shops, restaurants and museums.

Flights to Reus take about two and a half hours from the UK, arriving at Reus Airport (REU) and you will find it easy to collect your Reus car hire from one of the pick-up points at the airport. Once you have collected your car you can head to Reus itself and from there to one of the nearby resorts such as Cap Salou, La Pineda or Cambrils.

Where to explore?

With great resorts and towns on your doorstep, where will you explore in your rental car?

Salou is home to many beautiful beaches and on its outskirts is Universal's Port Aventura Theme Park, which is one of the largest in Spain. This is an ideal place to visit if you are travelling as a family and Cambrils is a lovely place to visit for its famous harbour and old defence tower.

The resort of Tarragona is a must if you are coming to this region. The archaeological remains here are a World Heritage Site, making this a great place for those interested in Roman history. The number of restaurants means that it is also an ideal place to become acquainted with the local cuisine, including the famous Catalan fish stew.

Barcelona is only about an hour's drive north of Reus so is very accessible if you have hired a car. It has everything you would expect of a major city, including museums, churches, restaurants, shopping and other tourist attractions. In addition, just outside Barcelona is the Montserrat Monastery situated on the mountain of Montserrat overlooking the city. It is well worth a visit and is an important religious retreat for the people of Catalonia.