Dates of the School:
The Summer School to be take place from 19 to 23 June 2017. A welcome party is organized on Sunday, 18 June (see the program).
The School will take place at the Magdalena Palace located at the bay of Santander, with outstanding facilities and surroundings. Placed in a magnificent landscape at the seashore, it is at short walking distance from excellent beaches. A bus stop is located just at the gate. Lecturers and students accommodation is available on site or in close halls, so they can share the everyday life in a good ambience and have access to outdoor life as swimming and walking.
In addition, the palace has full Wi-Fi facilities, lecture rooms for up to 200 people, with all equipment for projection and sound, and the lobby can accommodate the registration and reception areas. The students' posters have also appropriate place to be displayed.
Access to the School, from most European cities, is provided by two close airports:
- The airport of Bilbao from which Santander can be reached easily by bus (100 km or about 1 hour). It provides connections to all continents, through main European capitals as Amsterdam, Berlin, Bristol, Brussels, Bucharest, Dublin, Dusseldorf, Istanbul, Frankfurt, Geneva, Lisbon, London, Manchester, Milan, Munich, Oslo, Paris, Prague, Rome, Stuttgart, Venice and Zurich as well as domestic flights from and to Madrid, Barcelona, Malaga, etc.
- Santander airport provides low cost connections to Madrid, Barcelona, London, Frankfurt, Rome, Brussels, Paris, Lisbon and other places depending of the season.
In order to easy the transportation from these two airports, buses will be provided from the airport of Bilbao and Bilbao downtown to the Magdalena Palace, on Sunday June the 18th. Specific information will circulate once the travel plans of the attendees are known.
Santander can be reached also by regular bus from all Spanish capitals and by train from Madrid, Bilbao, Barcelona, etc.
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Santander combines an urban environment with the essentials of Cantabria: beaches, landscape, nature, gastronomy and culture. The city is organized around a large natural harbor used for over 2,000 years, since before the Roman Empire. The surrounding landscape is privileged, with wide green spaces and beaches, highlighting the area of Mataleñas, Sardinero and La Magdalena, formerly used as royal summer residence by the King Alfonso XIII.
Within walking distance of the city they are the southern shore of the bay and the coastal border at the mouth of the river Pas, with some of the best beaches in the region, are widely used in summer but for those who guess right to be in the area in the early days of the beach season (May and June) are virtually deserted. The coast north of the city of Santander, recently transformed into a natural park, it is steep and rocky and, in times of migration, an ideal place for watching the birds of passage. For Nature lovers, the Picos de Europa National Park located at about 80 Km, provide a privilege zone for hiking.
A few kilometers away is also the Natural Park Liencres Dunes, the largest dune system throughout the Cantabrian coast. South of the bay is Peña Cabarga, whose summit offers a breathtaking panorama of almost all Cantabria. In its skirts is the Cabarceno natural park, the largest animal park in Europe, where you can see tigers, elephants, giraffes, hippos, etc., in such large venues that seem to be released.
While the School will take place in Santander, there is a programed afternoon excursion to Bilbao to visit the Biscay transporter bridge, the Bilbao Guggenheim Museum and to walk along the riverside. Bilbao is itself an old city, founded in 1300 by the lord of Biscay, Don Diego López de Haro. The old part is worth visiting, as it is the new part build in the last years of the XIX century by rich people that ruled the iron mining at the surroundings. In recent years the Bilbao Guggenheim museum has given touristy relevance to the city, and now cultural and artistic events take place almost everyday.
The Bilbao surroundings have very interesting places to visit, like the Biscay Bridge. It is the world's oldest transporter bridge and was built in 1893. On July 13, 2006, was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO. The bridge can be reached by Metro or bus directly from the Residence Hall in about 20 minutes and, from the top, offers a splendid view of the Bilbao river and harbor, close to the estuary.
Close to Bilbao is also the historic village of Guernica, the place of the Basque liberty that was bombarded in the Spanish Civil War and taken by Picasso as a subject for his famous painting "Guernica" that displays the horror of the war in a universal way. The original painting is now located in Madrid, and a copy is displayed on the wall of the United Nations Building in New York.
The Village of Guernica hosts now a "Peace Museum and Park" that can be visited all year round. Close to it is the estuary of the "Urdaibai", a wetland natural region and a Biosphere Reserve, with a large sample of the wild life in the north of Spain.