Gaudí, Picasso, Miró and Casals – four geniuses in Tarragona




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Tarragona


Four artists with a shared inspiration: the landscapes of Tarragona, on the Costa Daurada. Discover them and explore Reus, the city where Gaudí was born; spot some of Picasso’s paintings in Horta; enjoy one of Miró’s favourite destinations in Mont-Roig; and visit El Vendrell, the home of the musician Pau Casals.

Reus, where Gaudí's Art Nouveau style began This is the place on the route nearest to the city of Tarragona (just over 10 kilometres away), where Gaudí was born in 1852. To find out more about the architect and his life and times, start with the Gaudí Centre and take a tour of the sites in the city associated with him, including the house where he was born on Calle Sant Vicenç, and Sant Pere church where he was christened. A stroll around Reus also reveals a large number of outstanding Art Nouveau buildings. We suggest a visit to the Pere Mata Institute and Casa Navás, works by the architect Domènech i Montaner. El Vendrell, the birthplace of Casals Pau Casals is one of Spain’s best-known musicians and composers, and wrote the unofficial UN anthem, among other pieces. To discover the landscape which inspired him in his early years, we suggest a trip to El Vendrell, around 40 kilometres from Reus. The must-sees here are the Pau Casals Villa Museum on Sant Salvador beach, and the auditorium opposite named after him. In the historic quarter of El Vendrell you can see the house where Casals was born, and the church with the organ where he first started to play.

Mont-roig, the place that inspired Miró Just over 20 kilometres south of Reus is Mont-Roig del Camp, where Joan Miró used to spend his summers. The house where he stayed is now known as Mas Miró, where he produced many of his works and which appears in one of his paintings, 'The Farm'. The landscape around Mont-Roig was one of the main attractions for the artist. To see why, head to La Pixerota beach, hike the hills around the chapel of Mare de Déu de la Roca, or ride along some of the bicycle trails in the surrounding area. This area captivated Miró and inspired many of his paintings, as can be seen in the Miró Centre in Mont-Roig del Camp. Horta, nature worthy of a Picasso painting Continuing southwards, just over an hour's drive from Mont-Roig, you'll come to a spot that many people will recognise from Picasso's paintings: Horta de Sant Joan. Visit the Picasso Centre to see reproductions of all the work the artist created here, in which he immortalised different views of the village, such as the Hostal del Trompet and Café de Vives. An interesting side trip is Els Ports Natural Park, home to what is known as 'Picasso's Cave', a small grotto where the painter spent part of the summer of 1898.





Things to remember

The tourist offices and visitor centres in Reus, Mont-Roig, El Vendrell and Horta de Sant Joan sell the 'Tarjeta Genial', a card giving discounts on tickets to all the visitor centres along the route. For more information about this route, visit the official website: http://www.elpaisatgedelsgenis.cat


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