November’s guided visits and Art Nouveau Evenings are cancelled

Reus, 30th October 2020

Casa Navàs has ceased operating this Friday, 30th October. The current health situation and the new restrictive measures announced yesterday by the Government of the Generalitat force us to temporary closure. By now, the closure is effective until the end of November. At the end of next month, the situation  will be reassessed and, depending on the evolution of the pandemic, a new opening date will be set. Therefore, this month’s guided visits and November’s Art Nouveau Evenings edition are cancelled.

This is by no means a definitive but a temporary farewell.    We’ve had to make this decision out of social responsibility, and in order to help to contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic and to prevent the health system collapse.   All those who have a ticket to visit the house or who need more information related to the management of booking, rescheduling, or cancellations should send an e-mail to info@casanavas.cat.

Casa Navàs machinery won’t stop and we will keep working even harder to be back stronger and with new projects. We strongly support culture and heritage, and we will always ensure our visitors enjoy this magnificent work by Lluís Domènech i Montaner. For now, we will be very active on the social networks in order to keep in touch with all Art Nouveau lovers and culture in general.

Finally, Casa Navàs would like to thank the support and trust of all those who visited us since we reopened last July, and all those who intended to visit us soon. We also would like to acknowledge the great work of our staff, who will be reckoned with once we reopen to the public.

October 31, 2020

Autumn-Winter season

Although this is a complicated year, Casa Navàs stands, if pandemic let so, and will always stand for spreading the artistic heritage and culture. With this in mind, it will maintain the same opening days and all the activities that took place during the previous season. Furthermore, new events will be scheduled to be announced soon.

As usual, the facility can be visited from Monday to Sunday. Weekdays times are from 11:00 to 14:00 and from 16:00 to 19:00, Saturdays from 10:00 to 15:00 and from 16:00 to 20:00, and Sundays from 10:00 to 15:00.

Art Nouveau Evenings

Art Nouveau Evenings come back this October, including a guided tour with a live concert and dinner at the old textile shop. This event gives the visitors the chance of putting themselves into the shoes of the Reus bourgeoisie in the early 20th century.  It was very usual, between 1900 and 1930, to go to the theatre to see musical works performed by a violin and a piano and composed by the most famous Catalan composers at that time. After the concert, people were to the most fashionable bars, with a merrier atmosphere, and where the most popular and modern rhythms were played and danced. These two parts are the ones you could listen to performed by Garbuix Duet (Albert Galcerà i Albert Carbonell)

The next «Art Nouveau Evenings» dates will be the 30th of October, 27th of November, and 8 and 29 of January at 20:30. Cal Borrull is in charge of the supper, and the wines to be served are ‘Secrets de Casa Navàs’ (Casa Navàs’ secrets) white and red wines from the renowned winery Clos Galena.

Vermouth Visits

If there were a drink that represents the city of Reus, no doubt that’s the vermouth. That is the reason why Vermouth Visits are back next autumn-winter season, in collaboration with Vermuts Miró. Every Saturday and Sunday, those who want to attend the guided visit at 12:30, 13:00, or 13:30, will have the chance to spend a while at the terrace of the house tasting three different vermouths by Vermuts Miró: white, red, and Reserva.

October 16, 2020

Casa Navàs is the more visited tourist and cultural facility in Reus

During the autumn-winter season, it will maintain and expand its cultural offerings

Casa Navàs’ occupancy balance after the summer is positive despite a complicated season due to the health situation. While it is true that international attendance has dropped considerably, domestic visitors’ attendance remained, and that saved the season. With nearly 5500 visitors, this emblem of Lluís Domènech i Montaner becomes the most visited tourist attraction in Reus. Casa Navàs doesn’t want to be defeated by the pandemic, and that’s why it will strengthen its commitment to culture in the next autumn-winter season by maintaining and expanding its activities.

The year 2020 is being a very complicated one for tourism, as due to COVID-19, the capacity of facilities had to be reduced and international tourist attendance dropped dramatically. Taken this into account, Casa Navàs ends the summer season — from 11th July until 30th September — with a positive balance, although far from one year-ago figures. It is highly significant that domestic tourism kept very similar figures. All in all, 4000 Catalans wanted to discover this Art Nouveau masterpiece.

Domestic tourism accounted for 53% of the total number of visitors received at Casa Navàs during the summer months, followed by visitors from Reus, which accounted for 20%, Spanish tourism with 14% of the attendants, and international tourism with 13%. These last two markets have declined sharply compared to 2019; with the French visitors at the top and without reaching 1,000 tourists, the international visitor has fallen around 82%, while the one from the rest of Spain has fallen by 55%.

In a very difficult year for tourism like this, the number of people who visited Casa Navàs daily after the reopening of the facility on July 11 exceeded expectations.  A trend that lasted until August 21 when the Catalan Health Minister, Alba Vergés, announced special measures for the city of Reus to reduce the rate of infection from COVID-19.  After that, good occupancy figures fell dramatically, a fact that has caused to end this summer with less optimistic data than the recorded so far.

Although making comparisons with 2019 is difficult because the situation is very different, and considering that due to the pandemic the capacity of the visits had to be reduced, Casa Navàs closes the summer with 45% fewer visitors than a year ago. A percentage that goes down to 31% if we only take into account the figures obtained up to the day of the appearance of the Catalan Minister of the Generalitat.  However, with these data, Casa Navàs becomes the main tourist attraction in Reus as it is the facility that has registered more visitors in the city by far.

October 16, 2020