Getting there



Zaragoza has an airport, but there are very few international flights. Most of them are operated by RyanAir from european airports. Far more effective for most people will be to fly to either Madrid or Barcelona, and take an AVE (fast train - an hour and a bit from central train stations in each city) or a bus (several hours, but leaving regularly direct from Madrid airport).


Trains

RENFE is the national train operator, and run trains from both Barcelona and Madrid to Zaragoza (it's roughly in the middle).

Tickets are between €20 and €70 one way, and the journey is about one and a half hours. Trains depart from Barcelona Sants, or Madrid Atocha - both reachable by public transport (for a few euros) or taxi (for €20-30) from the respective airports.

The venue is very close to the train station, connected by a walkway.


Buses

Buses direct from Madrid airport (Terminal 4) to Zaragoza run every hour or so, cost €30 - €60 round trip depending on class, and take between three and a half and four hours.

Bookings can be made online directly with Alsa.

Supra buses are more expensive, have bigger "business class" seats, (not very fast) wifi, and snack/drink service like on a plane. Supra economy has the nice seats, but without the beer and chips.


Shared rides / Driving

Car rental is simple, but check that your license is valid (European licenses are, Australian licenses aren't unless you have an international driving permit…).

Having a car in Zaragoza itself is pretty pointless as the city is small, walkable, mostly flat, and unfriendly for driving. Plus there is good public transport and taxi service. But if you want to get out on the weekend a car can be useful. Zaragoza is on the A2 freeway that connects Barcelona to Madrid - driving from Madrid there is one toll section, driving from Barcelona there are more. In either case the distance is 300km and will take about 3 1/2 hours plus rest breaks.



We recommend to use Barcelona airport and AVE train as comfortable, cheap and fast way to reach Zaragoza. Meet other BeeCon attendees in Barcelona and travel together to Zaragoza!

Staying There



Zaragoza is a lovely historic city, and there are many options for cheap accommodation within an easy walk or bus ride of the venue.




Train discounts

Discount 35% for RENFE tickets

Please, send an email to registration@orderofthebee.org including your BeeCon ticket number and your passenger name to obtain the voucher

Hotel deals


Discount code KEEN

Eurostars Zaragoza

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Exe Zaragoza WTC

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Tips & Tricks


SMOPYC 2017

Feria de Zaragoza

From 25th to 29th April, the exhibition halls will become the centre of the public works and construction. The venue represents an excellent letter of presentation for companies interested in European market. Without a doubt, the celebration of the seventeenth edition will involve its return as the first-rate event in the international fair calendar.

Hotels, restaurants and other facilities could be filled those days, as BeeCon happens at the same time!

Rent a bike

It is every time more and more comfortable to move around in Zaragoza with a bike. If you are used to bike in your city, we recommend you to rent a Bizi – Three-day pass costs only about 5€ and gives you plenty of freedom to move around. Just remember to drive safe!

Wi-Fi

There will be a wireless Internet connection in the conference venue. Moreover, a large number of bars, cafeterias and hotels offer free Wi-Fi for their customers, so getting connected anywhere in the city shouldn’t be a major problem.

Public transport

The tram construction work is now finished, so now you can easily get around by tram and bus. Moreover, public transport in Zaragoza is rather inexpensive and well organized. Check out the routes and timetables at the Urbanos de Zaragoza website for buses and Tranvía Zaragoza website for tram.

Take a Taxi

To take a taxi, you can hail a taxi (the most common thing to do), find a taxi queue or call to one of these dispatch numbers:

+34 976 38 38 38

+34 976 75 75 75

Zaragoza card

Zaragoza Card is a smart-chip card offering cardholders free public transport as well as access to the city’s rich cultural heritage and other attractions. If you are planning to visit Zaragoza by yourself, probably this is the best choice to save money.

Going out

As in any self-respecting Spanish city, there are bars, pubs and clubs for every taste in Zaragoza. The three most popular nightlife areas in the city center are Casco Viejo (both sides of the street Alfonso I), La Zona (streets Francisco Vitoria, Leon XIII, General Sueiro and surroundings) and San Miguel (street San Miguel and surroundings).

What to drink

The local beer is Ambar. The most appreciated local wines come from vineyards located in Somontano, Campo de Borja, Calatayud and Cariñena. For non-alcoholic drink, we recommend you to try grape juice (mosto).

What to eat

Tapas Our favorite appetizer bars in Zaragoza offer local air-dried ham (Jamón de Teruel), different types of cheese, Spanish omelet (tortilla de patata), croquette (croquetas), deep fried squid rings (calamares fritos) and a large variety of canapés (montaditos). The most popular appetizer bars are located in El Tubo area, comprised of the following streets: 4 de Agosto, Mártires, Libertad, Ossau, Cinegio, Estébanes, Blasón Aragonés, Pino and Plaza Sas.

Few of the traditional dishes would include young lamb’s meat (ternasco), lentil soup (lentejas), Spanish migas (migas) or fried eggs with potatoes (huevos rotos) – These you can get from most of the restaurants.

For dessert, snack or breakfast, you should definitely try chocolate with churros (chocolate con churros).

Tourism: Villages


Sos del Rey Catolico, birthplace of Fernando of Aragon who united Spain. A pleasant town in a beautiful setting.

Aínsa, an attractive medieval town with an arcaded main square. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful towns of Spain.

Alquézar, situated above the Rio Vero canyon the combination of great views and moorish architecture makes this village well worth a visit.

Albarracín, a beautiful town which won an international award for historical preservation.

Tarazona, lots of Moorish architecture including a cathedral which is a mix of gothic and mudejar style architecture.

Teruel cathedral is a treat and the town boasts five Mudejar towers. A must for anyone interested in Mudejar architecture.

Jaca, one of the bigger towns in the area and has a historic past figuring Romans and Moors. Its main sight are its sixteenth century citadel and its cathedral. Main stop for Camino de Santiago in Aragón.

Castillo de Loarre, a magnificent fortress built against the side of a mountain and with fabulous views. 2016 scenario for TV series Game of Thrones.

Tourism: Parks and Countryside


Ordesa National Park was one of Spain's first National Parks. The region contains spectacular Pyrenean scenery. Full of limestone cliffs, waterfalls, glacial canyons, and lots of wildlife. It is virtually inaccessible in autumn and winter but full of hikers and climbers in the summer. The Ordesa gorge, Escuain canyon and Anisclo canyon are well worth a visit.

Puerto de Somport, the Somport Pass - just across from France this pass was a key crossing point for pilgrims walking the route to Santiago de Compostela. This area is very popular now with skiers. The Panticosa gorge is very attractive.

Tourism: Monasteries


San Juan de la Pena Monastery. This monastery is built from under a bulging rock and is reputed to have housed the Holy Grail.

Piedra monastery, much of the monastery has been rebuilt following damage in the 19th century but some 13th century buildings remain. There is now a hotel in part of the monastery buildings and lovely grounds.

Veruela monastery, a lovely building with a very attractive entrance tower and a massive abbey church in a mix of Romanesque and Gothic styles. One of Spain's most important monasteries

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Aragon


The city of Zaragoza, one of the most beautiful in Spain, and the area surrounding it contains several UNESCO Heritage sights. The La Seo Cathedral with a Gothic-Mudejar style is one of these.

The Mudejar Architecture of Aragon was inscribed to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1986.

Pyrenees Mont Perdu (in conjunction with France) - the UNESCO listing is in danger of being removed as sufficient care is not being taken to protect this beautiful area. The UNESCO site includes the Ordesa National Park.

Route of the Santiago de Compostela (From Somport to Puente la Reina - Óbanos)

Rock Art of the Mediterranean Basin on the Iberian Peninsula

Museums


Museum Arqueologico Provincial, excellent museum with archaeological finds and Gothic frescoes, Huesca

Casa Museo de Goya, the cottage where Goya lived, Fuendetodos

Provincial museum, Teruel - housed in a mansion this is one of the best museums in Aragon.

The Alfajeria palace, Zaragoza, an incredible Moorish palace of the 11th century.

Museum Camon Aznar, Zaragoza, art collection including a collection of etchings by Goya.

Museum Pablo Gargallo, Zaragoza, sculptures by Pablo Gargallo.

Museum of Zaragoza, Zaragoza, with lots of paintings and archaeological remains.

Location

  • Etopia Center for Art & Technology
  • Av. de la Cdad. de Soria, 8, 50003 Zaragoza, Spain
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