Santiago de Compostela Airport offers direct connections to several European capitals as well as frequent flights to Madrid and Barcelona. Delegates might consider low-cost airlines such as Ryanair, Easy Jet, Air Berlin or Vueling for more economic travel options.
Santiago de Compostela airport (SCQ) is at 15 km from the town and even less from the conference venue. The airport is connected to the town centre by a bus line. Taxi is recommended (fares around 20 €).
Delegates can also fly to A Coruña Airport (LCG, 70 km from Santiago) or Vigo Airport (VGO, 90 km from Santiago) which can be suitable in some cases. Train and car rental are recommended to reach Santiago de Compostela.
Porto Airport (OPO) in Portugal, at 200 km, can be also an excellent alternative for direct connecting options. Car rental is an additional option.
The organising committee strongly suggests booking accommodation in the recommended hotels (registration section) with special rates for the Conference. In these hotels, delegates will be able to register and collect the conference material.
Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela old town is very beautiful, harmonious and well preserved and hosts its five-centennial university, one of the most prestigious universities in Europe. Santiago de Compostela is also a contemporary and competitive city. Internationally renowned architects such as Hejduk, Siza or Rossi have left their trace in Santiago. The American architect Peter Eisenman has developed his new project: the City of Culture (Cidade da Cultura), which is a reference of an outstanding cultural and architectonic complex.
Camino de Santiago (Way of St. James, Chemin de Saint Jacques, Jackobsweg, O Caminho de Santiago, Il Cammino di Santiago). The routes leading to Santiago are busier than ever with pilgrims from all over the world, resulting in a fusion of languages, customs and a continual cultural exchange.
Galicia is an autonomous community in northwest Spain, composed of four provinces: A Coruña, Lugo, Ourense and Pontevedra. It is bordered by Portugal to the south, the Spanish autonomous communities of Castilla y León and Asturias to the east, the Atlantic Ocean to the west, and the Bay of Biscay to the north. Besides its continental territory, Galicia includes Arousa Island, the archipelagos of Cíes and Ons, Sálvora Island, Cortegada Island, Malveiras Islands, Sisargas Islands, and other minor isles and islets.
Galicia has roughly 2.79 million inhabitants, with the largest concentration in two coastal areas, from Ferrol to A Coruña in the north-west, and from Villagarcía to Vigo in the south-west. The capital is Santiago de Compostela, in the province of A Coruña. Vigo, in the province of Pontevedra, is the most populous municipality with 297,332 inhabitants followed by A Coruña with 246,056 habitants. Both cities are the cores of the two major metropolitan areas of Galicia. Two languages are official and widely used in Galicia: Galician, a Romance language which, along with Portuguese, descends from medieval Galician-Portuguese, and Spanish.
Hostal Reyes Católicos
Combining history, art and tradition, the goal of pilgrims and the emblem of St. James, the Hostal dos Reis Católicos, in the Plaza do Obradoiro, forms together with the cathedral one of the world’s most remarkable, and most visited, urban settings. Since 1954 it has housed the Parador Nacional de Turismo “Hostal dos Reis Católicos”. The Catholic Monarchs ordered the construction of this pilgrims’ hospital, built by Enrique Egas, in 1501. The design was composed of a Latin-cross ogival chapel with the vault supported by pilasters decorated with the apostles in the blazing style, and on whose sides two courtyards opened out flanked by the quarters for men and women. They are both substituted by the Renaissance courtyards of Rodrigo Gil de Hontañón. The head space was occupied in the 18th century with two new courtyards, forming the present ground plan of Greek cross with four courtyards. The Plateresque facade (1519, French masters Guillén Colás and Martín Bas) is conceived as a stone altarpiece with an iconological message which is explained by the objective of providing clean, healthy lodgings for pilgrims. In 1678, Fray Tomás Alonso refurbished the Renaissance facade by adding a large balcony resting on large profusely-decorated corbels and three new windows. The chapel was declared a Historic-Artistic Monument in 1912 and the whole building was declared one in 1931.
Wine and tapas in Santiago’s old town
After an intensive congress day, attendants are invited to follow a wine and tapas route in the old town of Santiago de Compostela. For that purpose, each attendant will be provided with 3 free tickets, each allowing for a drink and a tapa in one of 10-12 selected bars.
Restaurante San Jaime, Bar O’Beiro, Restaurante Central, A Charca, Restaurante Cayado, A Taberna do Bispo, Petiscos de Cardenal, Restaurante O París, Restaurante O Barril, Restaurante Porta Faxeira, Casa de Xantar O Boteco.