Segovia is an extraordinary city with a fairy tale feel that you will love exploring. The aqueduct is the city's most emblematic sight and when lit up at night, it gives the entrance to the old town a dazzling majesty. Together with this jewel of Roman art, the Alcázar (fortress) is Segovia's most important structure. It is located outside the old quarter on a hill situated between the Eresma and Clamores rivers. Other must-sees include the beautiful cathedral in the center of town and the ancient medieval city walls. Along with Lugo and Ávila, Segovia is one of only three cities whose walls remain complete.

Hotel Accommodations

Conference participants will be offered accommodations at the following hotel for a discounted price, which will include breakfast, lunch, and coffee hour for the duration of the conference. There is a limited number of rooms available at this price and these will be offered on a first-come basis so be sure to book early.

  • Parador La Granja (website)
  • The Royal Residence of La Granja is a beautiful small town just 11 kilometers from Segovia, at the foot of the Central System mountain chain. La Granja boasts a spectacular Parador housed in the Casa de los Infantes (House of the Infantes), built by Charles III in the 18th century as a home for the infantes Gabriel and Antonio, and the headquarters of the Guardia de Corps, which contains a modern conference and convention center, just 55 minutes from Madrid.

    Conference Package Price: 495€ (Additional nights, including breakfast: 115€, or 100€ for single person use)

    To book, please visit the conference booking page. To access the site in English, please click on the UK flag in the upper right hand corner of the homepage.

    Cancellation between August 31 and September 13, will incur a fee amounting to 75% of the package price. Any package cancelled between September 14 – September 28 will receive no refund.

    The package rate includes the following:

    • 3 nights in a Double room
    • Buffet breakfast on your first morning
    • Welcome cocktail at the Parador La Granja, September 28th
    • Morning coffee break, September 29th and 30th
    • Working lunch, September 29th and 30th
    • Visit to the Jardines de la Granja
    • Special gift

    The package above covers only the nights of September 28-30. The website also allows you to book additional nights before or after the conference at a 25% reduced rate compared to the hotel website. To book additional nights, you must add them to your cart in addition to the package above. When adding additional nights, add the above package to your cart, then add the additional nights before or after the conference, but do not include September 28-30 dates or you will be double charged for those nights.

    Example: You wish to stay at the hotel September 26-October 2. Add the package to your cart, then add additional nights September 26-27, then add additional nights for October 1-2.Then proceed to payment.

    At the time of hotel booking you will be given the option of adding a ticket to the closing dinner (40€) or a free bus tour of Segovia. More information on these events can be found on the website.

    All hotel reservations are being handled through the conference host, UNED. Please direct all questions, changes and cancellations to Fernando Garcia or by phone at 913867301.


    Conference Facility

    The conference welcome will be held on Sunday evening. The following two days of workshops will be held in the Congress Center next to the Parador de la Granja. The meetings at the Congress Center will be held in a large auditorium with room for 400 people and in 15 additional rooms, all fully computer equipped.

    Special Tours

    Transportation from the Madrid Barajas Airport

    • Train: High-Speed

      There is a high-speed train option, Renfe, which runs directly from Madrid-Chamartin to Segovia. They leave every half hour to hour and the entire trip lasts around 30 minutes. The cost of a single, adult ticket ranges from 12,70 to 21,50 Euros or roughly $17 to $29 US dollars depending on the hour of departure. For purchasing tickets and more information on the Renfe, please visit the website.

    • From Madrid Barajas Airport to Chamartin station

      If you choose this option, you may take a train from Terminal 4 of Madrid Barajas Airport directly to Chamartin station. This train leaves every few minutes and costs around 2,40 Euros or $4 US dollars. The trip lasts 11 minutes. You may also take a taxi from the airport to the train station, with an average cost of 20 to 25 Euros, or $28 to $33 US dollars. The trip lasts around 30 minutes depending on traffic.

    • Train: Regional

      There are also two to three regional trains that leave in the morning, afternoon, and evening from Madrid. The trip takes around 1 hour and 45 minutes to 2 hours, but at a lower price, usually 8,50 Euros, or around $11 US dollars. The train leaves from Chamartin station as well, which can be accessed with the directions above, and tickets can also be purchased on the website.

    • Bus

      La Sepulvedana bus system is another transportation option, leaving from Madrid. Buses leave every hour and a half and the trips lasts around 1 hour and 45 minutes. Prices for a single adult ticket are 8 Euros, around $11 US dollars. Reservations can be made on the website.

    • If you choose this option, you may take a taxi from the airport to the Intercambiador de Principe Pio (the bus station). A taxi will typically cost from 20 to 25 Euros, $28 to $33 US dollars, and the ride should last around 30 minutes.

    From the Segovia Train Station to the Parador de Segovia and Parador de La Granja

      UNED will be providing a shuttle service from the Segovia train station to the Parador La Granja. The shuttle will run from 2:00–10:00 p.m. on Sunday, Sept 28 and from 7:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 1.

    For more information on the Conference, please e-mail customer service by clicking here.

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