The Costa Dorada begins just south of Barcelona and extends for over 200km as far as the Ebro Delta. Whilst it doesn’t seem to figure as prominently in the holiday brochures as the better known Costa Blanca and Costa del Sol to the south it still attracts more than 3½ million annual visitors. Reus airport is the gateway to the Costa Daurada with many seasonal charter flights arriving during the summer months. However, the decision by Ryanair to stop using Reus as one of their bases has led to a significant reduction in services in recent years.
Reus airport lies just 4km from the town of Reus and 15km from Tarragona. It serves as the gateway to the resorts of Spain’s Costa Dorada, most notably Salou, and the Port Aventura theme park which is one of the region’s main tourist attractions. Some arrivals have flown to Reus in order to go to Barcelona which is about 105km away although price permitting they’d be better off flying directly to Barcelona’s El Prat Airport or even Girona which is 90km north of the Catalan capital.
Ryanair were the first budget airline to start offering cheap flights to Reus but have since reduced their services significantly. There are holiday charter flights available with some major tour operators during the summer months but limited scheduled services.
Reus Airport Transfers
Shuttle Bus & Private Transfers
You can pre-book Reus airport transfers and have a vehicle waiting for you on arrival. You can get a quote from the search engine at the above link. Prices are very competitive to all the most popular holiday destinations along the Costa Dorada including Salou and the service is available for all group sizes.
By Bus and Train
There is a bus stop in front of the airport arrivals area from where you can take a bus to Reus Coach Station (20 mins). From Reus there are train connections to Barcelona which take 90 minutes. There is also a bus which goes to Barcelona’s Estació Sants station in about 1½ hour. Bus times depend on flight arrivals. You can check the train timetable on the RENFE website.
There is a taxi rank outside the arrivals hall and they will take you to any of the resorts on the Costa Dorada. Taxi prices to Barcelona are a bit steep if you’ve only selected Reus for the cheap flight in which case you’d probably be better off taking the private transfer or flying directly to Barcelona in the first place.
Car Rental at Reus Airport
If you’re only going to Barcelona then it’s not a good idea to rent a car from Reus and drive there. You’re bound to run into traffic problems and get lost as you approach the city and overnight parking charges are extortionate. However, if you’re holidaying on the Costa Dorada or touring around then Zest Car Rental are a good option for finding good rental deals from Reus airport. You can get a live quote below.
The premier resort of the region is Salou which is a popular destination for family holidays thanks to its golden, sandy beaches and its proximity to one of Europe’s largest theme parks at Port Aventura. This is a true wonderland for children which is split into separate themed areas representing the Mediterranean region, Polynesia, China, Mexico, the Wild West and Sesame Street. Port Aventura also has a great water park as does the attractive resort of La Pineda at Aquapolis just along the coast.
Many years ago Salou had a rather tarred reputation as a resort but this is very much a thing of the past and today the coastline boasts more than 30 blue flag beaches. With little in the way of wild nightlife the resort doesn’t attract a particularly rowdy crowd but a good time to avoid for families is the annual “Saloufest” in March/April when thousands of British students head into town for a huge party.
Along the Costa Dorada
Smaller resorts along the coast such as the fishing port of Cambrils with its excellent seafood restaurants are particularly popular with Spanish tourists. The low key resorts of Cap Salou and La Pineda also offer a more tranquil experience than Salou whilst the pretty town of Sitges is mostly popular with the gay community. A great day out along the Costa Dorada is to the historic city of Tarragona which is just 10km from Salou. This is home to the Roman ruins of Tarraco which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Inland from the Costa Dorada there is some spectacular countryside with small villages containing medieval monasteries.
As far as activities are concerned there’s plenty to do in the region. Wine lovers can arrange some tastings in Penedes, one of Spain’s chief cava and wine producing regions which is centred on the town of Sant Sadurni d’Anoia. Golfers will love the region thanks to its excellent courses including three at Port Aventura Golf whilst nature lovers will enjoy a visit to the National Park of the Ebro Delta wetlands which are home to an incredible number of breeding birds.