About Segovia ...
Segovia is a city full of ancient history, which origin dates back to Celtiberian tribes, who built it in a craggy rock made of limestone. Even to this day the origin of the city remains a mystery. We know that it was inhabited in the pre-roman era and Rome left its indelible mark by the building of the Aqueduct. Repopulated in 1088, Segovia gathers centuries of brilliant History.
The textile industry and wool trading made the city thrive and layered two physical and social levels: the fortified city, inhabited by noblemen and clergy, and the suburbs – in the Eresma and Clamores banks – where the industrial activity was developed.
During the 12th and 17th centuries, this prosperity is visible through the building of many churches, convents, strongholds, palaces that we can still enjoy nowadays. A period of economic decadence paralyses to a certain extent the artistic development, but favours the preservation of the monumental heritage. From the last decades of the 19th century, the city restores its remarkable legacy, and nowadays it is shown proudly to the visitor. In 1985 the UNESCO named Segovia as a World Heritage Site.
and La Cárcel - Segovia Creation Centre
The Segovia City Council received in 2005 the management of the site of the former Province Prison of the city, abandoned for a decennial, from the correspondent authorities. Re-opened in 2011 with cells and galleries preserved, however today no more as confinement spaces but open to artistic interventions, free. The process of remodelling continues and new spaces are restored allowing citizens to follow the transformation process.
La Cárcel concentrates contemporary creation and promotes citizens creation. It hosts the Citizen´s Creativity Laboratories (LABCCs), launches artistic calls, proposes cultural programming, encounters around cultural industries, hosts headquarters of festivals and artistic and educational projects.
It contributes also to the decentralisation of the cultural offer, from the historical city centre to a traditionally depressed neighbourhood, and to the creation of a new growth axis in Segovia.
The conference will take place at the La Cárcel - Segovia Creation Centre, Av. Juan Carlos I, 40004 Segovia, Spain
How to get to Segovia?
There are two airports close to Segovia: Madrid Barajas Adolfo Suarez Airport (110 km away) and Valladolid Airport (100 km away). For information about flights and schedules, visit: http://www.aena.es/
Segovia is connected to Madrid (capital city of Spain) and Valladolid (capital city of Castile and Leon, the region Segovia is located in) through AVE (high speedy train).
Form Madrid the departure station is Chamartín Station and the journey is just 25 minutes long.
From Valladolid the departure station is Campo Grande Station and the journey is 20 minutes long.
Other trains like AVANT or ALVIA cover the distance in 40-45 minutes.
Also, Segovia is conected to Madrid thorugh Cercanías (line C8b), departuring from every Madrid stations. A 2h long, but beautiful, journey. More information: http://www.renfe.es/
It is very easy to get to Segovia from Madrid or Valladolid. The journey is about 1hour long for both trips.
From Madrid you need to go to the Moncloa Bus Hub to get La Sepulvedana buses to Segovia. More information: 0034 902 11 96 99 or https://www.lasepulvedana.es/indexcentro.php
From Valladolid, Linecar buses to Segovia departure from Puente Colgante Station. More information: 34 983 23 00 33, http://www.linecar.es/
Reaching Segovia by car from Madrid means using one of the more modern highway systems in Spain. The journey from Madrid lasts about 1 hour on a 4 lanes road through a tunnel that crosses the Guadarrama National Park.
You need to take the A6 highway to Segovia, exiting to A61 at San Rafael (toll costs between 4,50 - 6,45 € depending on the day and the time of the day).
There exist an alternative route without toll taking the N-603 national road.
From the north of Spain you need to take A1 road and then take N-110 road at Villarejo.
From north west, the easiest way is taking A6 highway and then N-110 rad at Villacastín.
Once at Segovia, useful transport information:
RADIO TAXI C/ Cuenca, 6 - 34 921 445 000
CITY BUSES (Customer Service) (C.C. Almuzara) C/ Juan Bravo, 6, Ph. 34 921 462 727
TOURIST BUS : 34 921 466 721
RENFE: 34 902 240 202
CAR RENTAL · AVIS: C/ Navacerrada, 16 - Ph. 34 921 422 584 ·
EUROPCAR: Vía Roma, 16. Ph: 34 921 445 293
Where to stay in Segovia?
All information related to accommodations in Segovia can be looked up at: http://visitsegovia.turismodesegovia.com/es/accommodation