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International Polymer Colloids Group
25th - 30th June 2017

Conference venue

Arantzazu is a Sanctuary located in the town of Oñati in the Basque Country Region (Spain). The place benefits from the highland silence and peaceful atmosphere of the Aizkorri mountain range. The place is frequently visited by devotees (Virgin of Arantzazu) and tourists. Arantzazu is also a starting point for several mountains trails and circuits for hikers that provide access to the meadows of Urbia and on to the mountain range Aizkorri.

Read more information about Arantzazu.

In Arantzazu, apart from the Sanctuary, there are 4 hotels, 4 restaurants and the conference venue (see the picture below). All the hotels are within walking distance (5-10minutes).

Conference Venue and Hotels in Arantzazu

The conference will take place in the Gandiaga Center.

Travelling to Arantzazu

Arantzazu can be reached by three nearby airports - Loiu (Bilbao), Biarritz (France) and Hondarribia (Donostia-San Sebastian).

How to travel to Arantzazu

Loiu-Bilbao International Airport

Bilbao Airport is about 80 Km away from Arantzazu, 1 hour and 15 minutes drive.

The organization recommends flying to BILBAO airport. BILBAO is an international airport with three flies per day with main European airport hubs like Paris, Frankfurt and London. The conference organization will arrange buses for the GRS and IPCG conferences from Bilbao Airport to Arantzazu. The last day of the conference, 30th of June, buses will be organized to Bilbao Airport early in the morning.

NOTE: An additional fee will be charged in the registration fee for the bus trip. Departure times information can be found in the Registration Form.

If you prefer to travel by public transportation, there are shuttles that connect Loiu Airport with Arrasate (a town which is close to Oñati-Arantzazu, 21 Km, 30 min drive). For the trip and timetable information, please clik here. From Arrasate, the only way to reach Arantzazu is by Taxi.

Biarritz International Airport

Biarritz airport is 130 Km far from Arantzazu and the trip will take 1 hour and 45 minutes. There are daily flights from Paris, Lyon and Heathrow (less often). However, the only way to reach Arantzazu from Biarritz is by rental car or Taxi.

Hondarribia Airport

Hondarribia (the airport of Donostia-San Sebastián) is 103 Km far from Arantzazu, 1 hour and 15 minutes drive. It is a national airport with daily connections to Madrid and Barcelona. The only way to reach Arantzazu from Hondarribia is by rental car or Taxi.

On-site Accommodation

Pre-Conference GRS

The accommodation for GRS is included in the registration fee, in a doubled-shared room in Sindika Hotel, located in Arantzazu. Additional information about the hotel can be found in the link below. Wi-Fi will be available in all rooms. Sindika Hotel is within 10 minutes walking from the Conferences venue.

Note: If you have preferences to share the bedroom with someone, during the registration you will be requested to provide the full name and the email address of the person. If not, the organization will assign a roommate.

IPCG conference

The accommodation is included in the registration fee. Santuario Aranzazu and Asis Topagunea will be available for the conference attendees. Wi-Fi will be available in all rooms.

Students attending also the IPCG conference will be accommodated in the same hotel used in the GRS weekend.

For non-conference attendees or accompanying person, a reduced registration fee will be charged, which includes lodging and meals during the whole conference.