Granada is a historical and legendary city where The Alhambra, the most visited monument in Spain, is located. Granada has long enjoyed the privilege of witnessing major scientific and cultural developments which have emerged in response to the city's location at a veritable cultural crossroad, both as a key center of medieval Islamic history and as the city that provided the impetus for the discovery of America and indeed for the entire Spanish Renaissance. The University of Granada, founded in 1531 by the Emperor Charles V of Germany and I of Spain, currently serves more than 60000 registered full-time students. Apart from its historical significance, Granada, surrounded by the incomparable natural beauty of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, is also attractive by its proximity to the highest mountains (above 3400 metres) in continental Spain and to its tropical coast and beaches, privileged by sunny and warm weather all the year. There will be many different opportunities to visit and get to know downtown Granada and many of its attractive natural surroundings.
All registered participants and their accompanying persons are kindly invited to:
Welcome reception: This reception will be held at the great terrace of the Conference Center of Granada on the evening of July 15.
Flamenco evening and Albayzin guided tour: All registered participants and their registered accompanying persons will enjoy a unique Flamenco evening at one of the most prestigious "Tablaos" in Andalusia where you will experience its strong, rhythmic undertones and is often accompanied with a similarly impassioned style of dance characterized by its powerful yet graceful execution, as well as its intricate hand and footwork. While one group enjoys Flamenco dancing, another group will enjoy a guided tour (by foot) through the narrow streets of the "El Albayzin". El Albayzín (also Albaicín or El Albaicín) is a district of present day Granada that retains the narrow winding streets of its Medieval Moorish past. It was declared UNESCO world heritage site in 1984, along with the more famous Alhambra. It rises on a hill facing the Alhambra and many tourists journey into the Albayzin primarily for the spectactular views of the Alhambra from the viewing point by the church of Saint Nicholas. Highlights within the area include the remains of an Arab bath complex, Granada's archaological museum, and the church of Saint Salvador, built on the remains of a Moorish mosque. The Albayzin also contains some original Moorish houses and a wide-range of restaurants, including several streets whose eateries are inspired by North Africa.
After the guided tour, the group will go to the Flamenco dancing and vice versa for the group that enjoyed Flamenco earlier. Both the Flamenco evening and the Albayzin guided tour will take place on the evening of July 17 starting at 21.15 h. The meeting point will be the main entrance of the Granada Conference Center where the buses will be awating.
Conference excursion: It will be a guided tour through “La Alhambra” of Granada. This excursion will take place during the evening (between 20.00 h and 22.00 h) of July 18. It will be a unique opportunity to get to know this famous monument and its impressive gardens.
Conference dinner: It will be celebrated in the “Carmen de los Mártires” Palace, an historical building and romantic gardens by “La Alhambra”. The conference dinner will be held on the evening of July 18.
Granada Bus City Sightseeing: All registered participants and their registered accompanying persons will have free access to a double decker (with an open top) bus that will take you during 90 minutes through the most visited places and monuments in Granada. It wil be a nice opportunity for you to get to know a little bit about the history and atmosphere of Granada. In the bus you will find pre-recorded explanations in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese and Russian. You will have a special ticket for ESCAMPIG attendands (and registered accompanying persons) that will be valid during FOUR days starting July 16 through July 19. With this special ticket you will be allowed to get on and out of the bus as many times as you want everyday from July 16 to July 19 between 10.00 h and 20.00 h. There is a bus stop of the Granada Bus City Sightseeing right in front of the Granada Conference Center. The frequency of the bus is about 30 minutes and the starting bus stop (point) is the Cathedral although it is possible to get on the bus in up to 12 different bus stops. A leaflet of the bus tour can be found here.
You can download more information on the Conference excursion and dinner here.
Note: Detailed information on the above mentioned social programme together with the parallel social activities prepared for the accompanying persons is available through the conference website.