Electron-vibration phenomena in molecules and solids: Symmetry breaking and beyond
The XXIVth International Symposium on the Jahn-Teller Effect
24th-29th June 2018 - Santander (Spain)
Santander is a small city (175000 inhabitants) on the north coast of Spain. It is the capital of the region of Cantabria, siting on a beautiful bay and famous for its beaches and food (like most of the north of Spain). The economy is largely driven by tourism and its largest company is the University. It is also famous for holding the headquarters of the multinational bank Banco de Santander. The city presents the visitor with spectacular walks by the sea, numerous green areas, several museums (oceanographic, archaeology, modern art) and cultural centers (Centro Botín). It is well prepared for international events as it has recently hosted the world sailing championship.
The region is well-esteemed for its natural resources, with several natural reserves within one-hour drive from Santander. The nickname of the inhabitants of Cantabria "montañeses" means mountain-people referring to the special situation of the region where high-mountains (2600m) are in close vicinity to the sea. The coast is decorated with colorful villages like Castro Urdiales, San Vicente de la Barquera or Comillas where the famous architect, Gaudí, built his "capricho" (whim).
The "Picos de Europa" are a beautiful montain range and nature reserve that still conserve much of the original fauna and flora of the region (like oak forests, wild bears and wolves) and are the perfect spot for trekking and 1-day excursions from Santander. The surroundings of the Ebro river source, forming a large water reservoir, are another great set of places to visit nature and find charming little romanic churches.
Another feature of the region is the well-preserved medieval village of Santillana del Mar containing a picturesque XIIth century romanic church "La Colegiata" and the world-famous Altamira caves known as "the Sixtine Chappel of Quaternary art".
One of the most visited family attractions is the (Cabarceno natural park) that presents the visitor with a mix of dramatic karst terrain and wild animals in large-open spaces.
Santander can easily be accessed by plane (http://www.aena.es/csee/Satellite/Aeropuerto-Santander/en/). The airport has daily flights to Madrid and it is a base of the low-cost company Ryanair with weekly flights to/from London, Edinburgh, Rome, Charleroi, Barcelona, Seville, ... There is a bus that connects the airport to the city center every 30 minutes (takes about 10 minutes and costs 2.5€).
Another possibility to reach the city is to fly to the much larger airport of Bilbao and then take one of the many buses connecting both cities (the trip takes 1hour 30 minutes).
Hotels and living
Santander is a touristic city and has a wide range of hotels and hostals from the luxury of Sandinero to more modest offerings at the city center. Living costs are average in Spain (cheaper than northern/central Europe, more expensive than easter countries). Usually a full lunch (2 course meal with wine and dessert) can be found for prices between 12-18€ (the so-called "menú del día"). Most bars and restaurant offer a selection of "tapas" and typical Spanish (potato) omelette and "rabas" (fried squid).
The temperature in Summer is 22°C-27°C during the day and 13°C-17°C during the night. Rain is very frequent.