Conference Location

The ETSF YRM 2019 will be held at the Carlos Santamaría Center (CSC) in Donostia, Spain. The CSC is named after the mathematician, philosopher, meteorologist, euskaltzale and pacifist from San Sebastian. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by the UPV / EHU in 1992. His support was decisive in the development of the Gipuzkoa Campus.

It houses the Campus Library, as well as new resources and services (learning rooms, language lab, resource workshop for teaching and learning, etc.). In this university center are also the headquarters of Institutes, Chairs and Research Groups, in the areas of Social Sciences, Law and Humanities, as well as the Andrestegi Room that hosts interesting exhibitions throughout the year.

 

Accommodation

The accommodation will take place at Residencia Villa Alaidi (web only in Spanish).  The residence is located only ten minutes by foot to Centro Carlos Santamaría (roughly 1 Km). Rooms are booked for five nights featuring two or three-bed occupation. Continental breakfast will be also provided by Villa Alaidi.

 

 

 

Knowing Donostia (San Sebastián)

Donostia (San Sebatián), lies along a white sandy bay between the Urgull and Igeldo hills. Fishermen's houses, a smart suburb and modern districts make it one of the most attractive cities on the Cantabrian coast. The Museum of San Telmo, the Peine del Viento (the Wind Comb) and the Kursaal are examples of how the city brings together modern and traditional features. Meanwhile, the province of Guipuzcoa, of which San Sebastián is the capital, blends sea and mountains, offering the traveller landscape, sports and cuisine, as well as interesting monuments. Basque cuisine has a recognised international prestige.

 

The town centre streets of San Sebastián unfold overlooking the La Concha Bay. Monte Igeldo marks one end of it - a wonderful vantage point for enjoying views over the city. At its feet is Torrepea Point, where the “Peine de los Vientos” ("the Wind Comb"), a sculpture by the famous Basque artist Eduardo Chillida, is installed. Here Ondarreta beach begins, framed by a garden area and by the Pico del Loro. This was the place chosen by Queen Maria Cristina (18th C.) to build the Miramar Palace, her summer residence. A lovely promenade with elegant railings and street lamps runs along La Concha Beach, on whose sands is the Perla del Océano Bathing Area, a former royal bathing hut. Still looking at the sea, you arrive at the old Casino, nowadays the City Hall. In this area, between the sea and the River Urumea, is the old town and the way to Monte Urgull, the marina and the fishermen's district. The summit of Urgull is dominated by La Mota Castle and a representation of the Sacred Heart. One path takes you upwards while another skirts the hill and takes you along the breakwater.

 

Old Town

 

In the oldest part of San Sebastián, the churches of San Vicente and Santa María del Coro await you, the former Gothic and the latter Renaissance-Baroque. An old Dominican convent is nowadays the San Telmo Museum, whose archaeological and ethnographic collections, together with its paintings, are worth a leisurely visit. These busy streets lead you to the porticoed Plaza de la Constitución. Among its many balconies - numbered and painted white, betraying its origin as a bullring - stands the old Neoclassical City Hall, converted into the Municipal Library. La Alameda del Boulevard leads into the Romantic city, which emerged after the old walls were demolished. One the banks of the Urumea you can make out the Victoria Eugenia Theatre and the María Cristina Hotel, built in Neoplateresque style. Spread through this rationalist street pattern, you can also visit the Plaza de Guipúzcoa, with its gardens, the Provincial Government building, the Koldo Mitxeleria Cultural Centre and the Post and Telegraph Office. Also, San Sebastian Cathedral, el Buen Pastor, built in Neogothic style. Once again on the bank there are aristocratic houses from the beginning of the 20th century, leading to the María Cristina bridge, the most monumental of those crossing the river. Four lamps by the sculptor Mariano Benlliure light the way to the railway station, designed by Eiffel. On this side of the river are the modern districts of Eguía and Gros. On Gros Beach is the modern Kursaal structure, designed by the architect Rafael Moneo. San Sebastián is a cosmopolitan city with a strong Basque character, which is clear in its cultural events. The "tamborrada" or "Semana Grande", with its fishing boat regatta, tells us something of the tradition; while its prestigious film and jazz festivals say a great deal about its international vocationAll these are occasions when it is well worth enjoying the city, although you will need to book accommodation in advance.

For further details about the city or the region, please go to link, or take a look to the video below.

 

How to get Donostia (San Sebastián)
By Plane
Donostia has 3 airports (2 international) within just over 100 Km of the city. Only 20 kilometers from the city centre, San Sebastián Airport has connections to the major Spanish cities, Madrid and Barcelona.
Bilbao Airport, with connections to all Europe, is 105Km from the city, and Biarritz Airport, served by French and international low-cost companies, 47Km. Both airports are well connected to Donostia by bus.
By Train
RENFE
The company RENFE rail service offers both long-distance train and suburban. The train station in the centre of Donostia (Estación del Norte) offers connections to numerous Spanish cities including Madrid and Barcelona, and to international destinations such as Paris
EUSKO TREN
There is also an underground railway (Metro Donostialdea), a narrow-gauge train connection with Bilbao and cities along Basque Coast. The service linking it also Hendaye (France) and the SNCF, French rail service, with Lasarte passing through Donostia. The train is popularly known as the TOPO.
SNCF
The French company SNCF connects with world capitals such as Paris from Hendaye train station.
​By Bus
​​The Donostia new bus station has lines to cities throughout Spain and part of Europe. You might check out  FlixBus or Eurolines. The bus station is situated in Paseo Federico García Lorca 1, near the train station.
Eight of the city's DBUS lines will stop in the area around the station, on the ground level: the lines 17, 24, 37 and 45 in front of train station; 9, 41, 42 at Duque de Mandas street and 27 at Gernikako Arbolean pasealekua next to María Cristina bridge.
On the DBUS buses you can pay in cash (maximum 20 € bills) or with SSCARD and BASQUECARD tourist cards. On lines 45 and 16 you can also pay with contactless credit cards.
For further information on how to get Donostia, please visit the following link.