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9th International Topical Meeting on
Industrial Radiation and Radioisotope Measurement Applications

Valencia (Spain), 6-11 July 2014

Practical information

Valencia is a city for encounters and contrasts. The legacy left by the cultures and civilisations, which have reached these shores in the past still remains alive in the city's monuments and streets, not to mention in its people hearts. Business and trade coexist with leisure and culture. Valencia is a city that never sleeps. It has a rich cultural life with festivals, concerts, shows and exhibitions all year round. A city like this can be enjoyed with all five senses. Dialogues flow smoothly, ideas float back and forth easily, lines of communication are always open and people feel at their ease. Valencia invites you to indulge your passion for the art of encounters

  • How to get the venue

    By tram : lines 4 and 6, stop “Universitat Politècnica” (www.fgv.es)
    By bus : lines 40 and 71, stop “Tarongers-Galileo Galilei” and “Tarongers-Ramón Llull” (www.emtvalencia.es)
    By car : you can use your own car as in July it is not difficult to find a parking place in the morning, although underground parkings require an UPV card.
    By taxi : ask the taxi driver to get “Rectorado” (building 3A).

  • Restaurants

    Restaurants near the conference building

    Restaurants UPV

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  • About Valencia

    • How to get the city

      Excellent links provide easy access to and around Valencia. There are two international airports (Valencia and Alicante) and three maritime passenger terminals (Valencia, Dénia and Alicante). The AP-7 Mediterranean motorway runs north to south providing easy connections to France, and there are good road connections to the rest of Spain: the A-3 motorway to Madrid, the A-23 Valencia-Zaragoza and the A-31 dual carriageway from Alicante to Madrid. Rail connections are also extensive.

      By car:

      The A-7 Motorway goes across the Region of Valencia, along the coast, and connects with the European network. Major roads connect the coast with the main inland cities and the rest of the country.
      There are also daily bus services to the rest of Spain and Europe from the BUS station, which address is:
      Calle Menéndez Pidal 13, Valencia
      (+34) 963 466 266

      By plane:

      Airports in Alicante and Valencia with national and international flights:
      Valencia Airport (Tel.: 96 159 85 00; Ctra. del Aeropuerto s/n; 46940 Manises, Valencia)
      From Valencia Airport, metro line 3 can leave you at downtown.
      A taxi From Airport to downtown costs 20-25 €.
      Alicante Airport (Tel.: 96 691 90 00; 03071 L'Altet, Alicante)

      By train:

      ¡AVE! Situated in the city centre. Trains arrive and depart for all national and international destinations. It also caters for local destinations within the Valencia Province. Information and Reservations: 902 24 02 02 www.renfe.es

      By Sea :

      Although Valencia is principally an industrial port it also operates a frequent ferry service to the Balearic Islands and is the starting point for many Mediterranean Cruises.
      Further information:
      Maritime Station (+34) 96 393 95 00
      Maritime Company TRANSMEDITERRÁNEA: (+34) 902 45 46 45

    • Public Transport within the City

      Combined ticket :

      Combined tickets allow travelling on the EMT bus service and the FGV tram and metro lines, within the “urban zone” of central Valencia.

      You will find more information in the metro information desks and at: www.metrovalencia.com

      Taxi :

      Different companies offer a taxi service. Prices vary depending on the zone. The price shows up on the taximeter. The main taxi companies which operate in Valencia are:
      Radio-Taxi: 963 703 333
      Tele-Taxi: 963 571 313

    • Places to visit in Valencia

      • Historic City

        Valencia is a city with a great cultural interest where one can find ancient monuments such as El Palacio de la Generalitat, El Miguelete, La Lonja, Torres de Serranos, Torres de Quart, the Central Market, The Cathedral along with many other historical places like The Round Square (Plaza Redonda), Plaza del Ayuntamiento (City Hall Square), Marqués de Dos Aguas Palace and the Old city

        For further information just visit the following link1 or link2

      • Modern City

            The City of Arts and Sciences, 21st century emblem of the Valencian Community, is designated as a fun and leisure space aiming to influence the scientific, technical, educational and leisure, tourist, economical and commercial urban fields. It is a unique place in the world to enjoy yourself with Art, Science and Nature.

        The City of Arts and Sciences is situated next to the old bed of the river Turia, in the area between the Saler highway and the Moreras road; with a surface of 350.000 m². It has four great areas: the Art Palace, a plurifunctional building for the development of cultural activities of all kinds; L’Hemisfèric, Cinema-Planetarium with the latest technological systems; the Science Museum, which houses exhibitions of subjects related to science and leading technology; and the Universal Oceanographic Park, a big urban park with two aims: first, intended for promenade and relax, and second, for leisure and fun with the diffusion of underwater principal aspects.

        All around the city one can also find many gardens and green areas to enjoy leisure such as “Los Viveros”, “Jardín Botánico”, “Cauce viejo del Rio Turia” …

        For further information just visit the following link

      • Beaches

        In the Valencian Region there are 485 kilometres of coastline. Beaches of all kinds can be found from very long straight beaches to those in small coves or inlets. The sand is fine and golden and, on some beaches you can find fine, clean gravel. All beaches have a splendid climate and light.

        In the north of the port of Valencia are the beaches of “Levante”, “Arenas” and “Malvarrosa”, the closest ones to the city, and the easiest to get by public transport. Typical restaurants can be found here, where you can taste exquisite Valencian dishes.

        In the south of the city, there is the beach of “Pinedo”. About eight kilometres away is the beach of “El Saler”, which is situated in an area of great ecological interest, with the “Albufera lake”, extensive pine trees, and one of the most prestigious golf courses in the country.

        All along the coast of Valencia you can find beaches distinguished by the blue flag of the European Union, thus showing their cleanliness and quality of services.

      • Museums

        Museum visitors have a wide choice in Valencia. The most important museums are:

        Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno (IVAM)  (Valencian Institute of Modern Art)
        Permanent exhibition of sculptures by Julio González and regular temporary exhibitions by some of today's leading avant-garde representatives of the arts.

        Museo de Bellas Artes
        (Museum of Fine Arts)

        Outstanding works from the Valencian School: Joan de Joanes, Ribalta, Espillosa, Vicente López, Sorolla, Pinazo, etc. International works such as Velázquez's self-portrait, works by Pinturicchio, Andrea del Sarto, Van Dyck, Murillo, El Greco, Goya, etc. In the sculpture pavilion, you'll see interesting examples of contemporary art and an important archeological collection.

        Museo Nacional de Cerámica
        Ceramics Museum)
        Housed in the Palace of the Marqués de Dos Aguas, with a façade in the churrigueresque style, this museum offer an overview of outstanding works in ceramics from Manises, Paterna and Alcora.

        Museo de la Catedral
        Of note are the works by Almedina, Joanes, Goya, Jacomart, Alonso Cano and Orrente.

        Museo Paleontológico
        Contains a collection ol insects and fossils. The most important museum exhibited is the skeleton of a megatherium.

        Museo del Patriarca
        (Patriarch's Museum)

        A collection worthy of mention, including works by El Greco and early Flemish painters.

        Museo de la Prehistoria
        (Museum of Prehistory)

        A view of the Paleolithic period of history including a range of curious remains and fossils.

        Museo Taurino
        One of the oldest and most impressive in Spain, with a variety of bullfighting memorabilia from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.

        Museo Fallero
        The Ninots are the cartoon-like figures or statuettes decorating the monumental Valencian fallas fiesta. Each year, since 1934, the cream of the crop have been saved from the roaring flames and kept in this museum, together with posters, photographs and other objects connected with the fallas.

        Centro de Artesanía de la Comunidad Valenciana
        (Craftsmanship Centre of the Land of Valencia)

        Displays a wide selection of works by Valencian artisans.

        Museo Histórico Municipal
        (Municipal Historical Museum)

        Located in the Ayuntamiento (City Hall), the museum has a collection of historical objects, including the Senyera (the regional flag), the pennant of James I the Conquerer ,the 15th century Flemish tablet of the Final Judgement and a series of antique books and guild memorabilia.

        Casa-Museo José Benlliure
        (Museum-Home of José Benlliure)

        Contains the works of this well known Valencian artist, along with ceramics and objects from the epoch.
        Museo Marítimo Joaquín Saludes (Joaquín Saludes Maritime Museum)
        Located in the Torres de Serranos (the east gateway to the ancient city), this exposition presents a valuable collection of amphorae and other archaeological objects brought up from the Mediterranean seabed, as well as an attractive model ship display.

        Museo de la Ciudad Palacio Marqués de Campo
        (City Museum- Marqués de Campo Palace)

        Holds an archaeological collection illustrating the pre-Roman age and the founding of the city, and a part of the municipal art gallery. It also contains a permanent exhibition of Christian Valencia in the XIIIth and XIVth centuries .

        For further information just visit the following link1 or link2

    • Cultural life

      Valencia is home of numerous cultural activities. You can find theatre plays of different types. In the city, there are theatres such as: El Centro Dramático de la Generalitat Valenciana, la Sala Escalante, el Teatro Principal, el Teatre del Micalet, el Teatro Olympia, el Teatro Talia, etc.

      The “Palau de la Música” offers classical music concerts regularly during the year. Once a year, the “Certamen Internacional de Bandas de Música” is held, this Festival keeps a great tradition alive all around the Valencian Province.
      Pop-rock music concerts are also organised, where a large variety of Spanish and International artists perform their live music. Art lovers ought to visit museums or a large number of art galleries where temporary exhibitions are held, of which there is a large number in the city.

    • Local festivities

      Valencian people are outgoing, generous and love street parties. The basic ingredients of Valencian parties and festivals are light, gunpowder, fireworks, parades, music, etc.

      is our Valencian main festival. It takes place once a year from the 12th to the 19th of March. There is a rich explosion of colours, noise and gunpowder smell. Artistic monuments called Fallas, plenty of colours and satire, are all around the city. Music and people dressed with typical costumes parade through the streets. Magnificent fireworks, together with “Mascletás” (daytime fireworks displays) and the flowers' gift to the Virgen de los Desamparados are important events. Hot chocolate with “buñuelos” (a typical kind of cake) are typical of this festival. On the 19th of March, all the fallas are burnt, and the experience is unforgettable.

      For further information visit the following link www.fallas.com

    • Weather in Valencia

      Valencia enjoys a mild temperate Mediterranean climate. The average annual temperature is 17ºC with warm summers and very mild winters, rarely below 10ºC. There is only light rainfall mainly in autumn and the beginning of spring.

      Further weather information (real time information) in this link