Practical Information

Here can be found all the information you need to prepare your visit to Santander and enjoy your stay in our city.


Date: 14th - 15th March 2015

Place: Instituto de Física de Cantabria (IFCA). Campus of the University of Cantabria, Avenida de los Castros s/n, Santander, Cantabria, Spain.


Reaching Santander

By plane (Seve Ballesteros-Santander Airport). The airport of Santander is 5 km away from the city center, and flights to Madrid, Barcelona and several european cities. Currently, three air companies operate in this airport: Iberia, Ryanair and Vueling. You can find all destinies in the sites below:

From the airport, you can reach the city center by taxi (~15 euros) or by bus (~2 euros). The airport bus stop is in front of the arrivals terminal. Buses leave the airport at 6:40, 7:00 and every half hour until 23:00. They arrive at the Bus Station, located in the city center.

By train. The Santander train stations (RENFE and FEVE) are located in the city center, 2 km away from the University campus, and they are connected with the principal cities of Spain. Check timetables and prices in the sites below:

By bus. Several bus routes connect Santander with the most important cities in Spain. The Santander bus central station is placed in the city center, 2 km away from the University campus. Check timetables and prices in the sites below:

By car. You can calculate your route to Santander using this links:

Reaching IFCA

The university campus, where the Instituto de Física de Cantabria is located, can be reached on foot (~10-15 min. walk) from most hotels in El Sardinero.

The bus line number 7 connects the city center with the beaches (El Sardinero) and the Avenida de los Castros (University campus). You can find more info about the urban transport in Santander in the link below:


We have made a hotel block booking of double rooms (single use) for the meeting time period (nights of March 13, 14 and 15) in the Silken Rio Hotel (located in El Sardinero) for a reduced price (65.97 € per night, breakfast included). If you are interested in this option, please send an email to adm[at] (Inés Martín) indicating your request and pointing out that it is for the SSC 29 Consortium Meeting. Payment should be made directly in the hotel at checking out.

If you prefer a different acommodation, Santander offers a variety of options all around the city.


Lunches will be held in the Menendez Pelayo University's cantine (UIMP), ~5-10 minutes walk from the conference venue (see map below). The price of a regular meal in the cantine is about 10 euros.


Santander is the capital of the autonomous community of Cantabria, situated on the north coast of Spain. Its famous beaches and beautiful bay became the favourite holiday site for King Alfonso XIII and for the spanish bourgeoisie during the first decades of the 20th century. Famous buildings like the Palacio de la Magdalena, the Gran Casino del Sardinero and the Hotel Real were built during this period. You can find more info about Santander in the following sites:


Cantabria is a mountainous region in the shores of the Atlantic ocean. Its landscape is dominated by a lush vegetation, with dense oak and beech forests, green valleys between high mountains and long beaches of fine sand. Among the most relevant touristic destinies are the Picos de Europa National Park, the Altamira prehistoric caves and villages and citys like Santillana del Mar, Comillas, Castro Urdiales, Reinosa, Potes or San Vicente. There are also numerous romanic churches scattered all along the region. More info about Cantabria can be found in the links below: