HOME OF GAUDI: MODERNIST TOUR IN REUS. GAUDI & DOMENECH I MONTANER. + SITGES
Reus is the city in which Antonio Gaudí was born, and is therefore deemed to be the cradle of Modernism. It preserves some places frequented by the genius that was Gaudi during the 16 years he lived here before leaving for Barcelona, or which were related in some way to his life.
The Modernist Route is a pleasant stroll through the centre of Reus, enabling visitors to view the most interesting modernist facades in the city. In order to admire the facades of the 26 buildings chosen, visitors should follow the route and stop in front of the buildings identified with a plaque, featuring the name of the building, the date of construction and the name of the architect.
Of special note on this route is the work of Lluís Domènech i Montaner (Institut Pere Mata, Casa Navàs, Casa Rull and Casa Gasull), which due to the elegance of his style influenced other modernist buildings in Reus
On the way back, we will choose a different route that will take us parallel to the sea to Barcelona and we will pass through one of the most beautiful cities of the entire Catalan coast, Sitges.
You will be picked up at your hotel in Barcelona and we will drive south-west, along the valley of river Llobregat. We will drive past several small towns, crops and mountains. After approximately 1h20m minutes we will reach the Modernist city of Reus. We will have a journey of approximately one hour and twenty minutes to reach the heart of Reus. We will cross one of the most important wine regions of Spain and we will pass through Villafranca del Penedes and San Sadurny de Noia, considered the capital of cava, where we will find fantastic cathedrals of Wine of modernist style, until we reach our destination.
In Calle San Vicente, 4 we will find where architect Antoni Gaudí was born on 25 June 1852 and lived during his childhood and youth in Reus. It was the home of his parents, Francesc Gaudí Serra and Antonia Cornet Bertran. A plate of considerable dimensions remembers Gaudí’s residence in the area.
In this place there was the boiler of his maternal grandfather. The birthplace of Antoni Gaudí is private and can not be visited. Near the house, at the confluence of the streets of Santa Ana and the bitterness, is the sculpture “Child Gaudí” work of Arthur Aldomà 2002, representing the architect during his playing childhood. The sculpture was a tribute to the city of Reus in his famous architect, is bronze, 1.10 meters, located in a bank where rests the teenager enjoy playing with golden balls rotating effect.
The best place to start the tour is the iconic and busy Market Square. It is here that we find the Renaissance town hall, a lot of terraces where do the vermouth, and the Gaudí Centre Reus is a center of interpretation of the work of renowned architect, and at the same time claimed the roots of genius. First they will take you upstairs, where a spectacular audiovisual trialogue will introduce in the particular world of the thinker of the Sagrada Familia. Then a door opens, and come into models and reproductions of large fragments of his works. There are also interactive elements to better understand the Gaudi architecture, or the answers to many of the puzzles that have emerged around Antoni Gaudí.
Afer the visit of Gaudi Center Reus we will have a tipical local famouse drink, a delicius Vermouth cortesy of Gaudi Tours.
After our drink break and also located in the same square, a beautiful corner house: the Navàs house. Domenech i Montaner, one of the great names of Modernism, designed this building with ground floor for business Joaquim Navàs tissue -trade that today still exists-and housing. Furniture, glass, ceramics… all of modernist aesthetics, and turning this house possibly in one of the most beautiful in the country.
Then we will have a good lunch in a tipical Reus restaurant where we can enjoid a tradicional menú with local products. Then afer a walk free time to discover the city or shops.
Make the path of Modernism will serve not only to know the buildings of this architectural era, but also to discover the streets of the capital of Lower Camp and squares. Immediately you will notice that it is a city with an intense commercial activity, possibly more than the Tarragona area, with dozens of shops in the downtown streets, a centenarian and family, and others that look signing international brands. A good example of commercial vitality is the street then we take off the Market Square, the Monterols. This is what leads to the Plaza de Prim, where the Fortuny Theater and the famous sculpture of General on the horse. Before reaching the square in that street, we find two Art Nouveau buildings: the Laguna and tent houses. Both of Pere Caselles i Tarrats.
After enjoying free time we will go to The Pere Mata Institute. We have not gone to school along the city walking route because it is a bit off the streets through which we have passed, about two kilometers, we will go by car. Under the baton of Montaner, one can say that this psychiatric institute, consisting of several pavilions, is a clear precedent of the Hospital de Sant Pau in Barcelona. But that is a precedent not mean you have to envy him! And if not enter the pavilion 6, De Distinguished, and you will realize why. This site was designed to accommodate patients with high purchasing power, with all amenities; here you will enjoy with stained glass windows containing, imitations of Roman mosaics, murals in the noble halls, parks and lamps… A modernist luxury, the final icing on the visit.
After this exciting journey into the past we will visit another town, one with a colorful, idyllic brand of charm and a prevailing essence of Modernism.
Sitges is located on the Costa del Garraf, 38 km from Barcelona. The town enjoys a privileged location where the sea meets a beautiful landscape of mountains. This is the ideal getaway for health tourists or for artists thirsty for inspiration.
Modern day Sitges offers a unique mix of traditional fishermen’s houses with a lively, bohemian atmosphere. A wild array of colorful boutiques, restaurants, musicians and artist workshops open their doors to the streets. Soak in the Mediterranean essence of this unique coastal paradise.
We will do a walking tour of the winding streets and hidden corners of the labyrinthine Sitges city center and see several examples of architectural modernism, including the Casa Bacardi and Casa del Rellotge. You will hear fascinating stories about the ‘Americanos’ who became rich off this ‘new’ continent.
End the day on Playa San Sebastian, named “the best urban beach in Europe” by the New York Times. Relax on one of its scenic terraces or take a dip in the crystal blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea.
After enjoying free time, we will return to Barcelona. End of our services
- This is private tour up to 6 people per group, if you are more than 6 email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended as there is some walking involved.
- If you have reduced mobility, please contact us before booking. We do our best to welcome everyone on board!
WHAT WILL YOU SEE
Reus: Reus is the birthplace of famous people throughout history as architect Antoni Gaudi, the painter Mariano Fortuny, the sculptor Joan Rebull or General Joan Prim, among others, that have allowed him to have a heritage of modernist buildings and a range of cultural activities and facilities of the highest order.
Nearly eighty listed buildings make a spectacular showcase of modernist architecture, designed arquitectescom Lluis Domenech i Montaner and Pere Caselles and Joan Rubio i Bellver, among others. The visit provides Modernism and knowledge of these gems, including the Pere Mata houses Navàs, Rull and Gasull, all works of Domenech i Montaner, considered one of the best architects of European Modernism.
Gaudí Center: Located in the historic center of the city, the Gaudí Center is a new performance space that allows audiences of all ages to explore the formation of his creative genius and understanding for teaching the secrets of its architecture. Through multiple resources (audiovisuals, interactive models, sets, personal …) visitors go into the world to enjoy a participatory manner, opening the senses and mind to new experiences.
Casa Navàs: Designed by the architect Lluis Domenech i Montaner, Casa Navàs is its uniqueness among the finest examples of Art Nouveau in Europe. Built between 1901 and 1907, and located in the heart of the city, Domenech i Montaner designed by Joaquim Navàs a building that housed the new housing and business premises of his client, which showed a Market Square imposing stone facade with a tower located in the corner.
To ensure proper lighting inside the building, Domenech was screened patio to the west, thanks to which gave the house a third front which opened windows, and at the same time enables the overhead lighting store downstairs.One of the salient features of the house Navas is its magnificent interior, which remains intact, thanks to the care of their owners.
Pere Mata Institute: In 1898 began the construction of the Pere Mata Psychiatric Institute, one of the major projects of the architect Lluis Domenech i Montaner, which mark the beginning of the brilliant modernist era lived Reus. From that moment, Domenech performs other buildings here and the spirit of Modernism hard extends throughout the city. Pere Mata Institute, built in the whole scheme of the pavilions was the forerunner of the Hospital de Sant Pau in Barcelona, and today is considered one of the jewels of Modernism. Pavilion “of the distinguished” is the ornamental richness of the greatest artistic value of the whole hospital because it preserves the spectacular decorative repertoire of Modernism. It is the only flag that can be visited and there he performed various cultural events.
Sitges: The painter and writer Santiago Rusiñol, in love with light and beaches, settled in Sitges in 1891. Cau Ferrat, his studio house turned into a museum, soon became a refuge for modernist and avant-garde artists from all over Europe. Its festivals, exhibitions and performances transformed the small “vila” of farmers and fishermen into a bohemian tourist destination.
Penedés region is one of the most important wine and cava regions in Catalonia. Penedés land is between the sea and the mountains, and this influence of the sun and the sea makes that Penedés region is considered one of the country’s best wine-producing regions after the Rioja, it is also one of the most ancient viticulture areas in Europe.
WHY GAUDÍ TOURS?
- Skip line at all top sites. No need to pre-purchase tickets yourself.
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- Professional and fully licensed local guides
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- Personalized visit adapting to your characteristics, age, condition or interests.
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- Small Group preference (1 – 9 people) big Group (9 – 40) extra 5€ p/p for radio guides. We use individual radioguide for each assistant with big group..
- No burdens, no agglomerations, no rush.
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Total per tour (guide and transport): up to 6 people: 780€
Not included: tickets Casa navas 10€, El Instituto Pere Mata 6€, Gaudi center 9€