Santander 4 – 7 SEPT 2024
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Dream from above
The surroundings of the Magdalena Palace are of great beauty both for the Victorian-style palace and for the maritime pine forest that surrounds it and for the rough Cantabrian sea that isolates it. Seeing the sea from above is always something that impresses. In addition, it is ancient since the Romans already knew it.
The afternoon breeze always encourages you to take a walk around the palace and its surroundings. And it makes you discover the magnificent panoramic view of the Sardinero beaches.
In short, an environment that makes you dream and transports you to another world.
In this environment we will share a small lunch offered by the Santander City Council. Surely, we will take the opportunity to also share music and voice. And, in addition, it will be the ideal moment to greet many colleagues that we have not yet had the opportunity to meet or to meet others and share a pleasant time.
In the evening-night it is always a bit cool, so we recommend bringing something to cover yourself (sweater?, fleece?)
Free of charge for delegates, but registration is required
Gala Dinner – Voice Party
We spaniards really like “fiestas” because it is a moment of fun and sharing to the fullest. With the excuse of having dinner we are going to try to create an environment where music and voice unite everyone. For the most scientific, it will make them think about the magic of acoustic physics and the power of laryngeal physiology. To the most artists in the beauty of creativity and in the connection with our most ancestral emotions. And for the partygoers it will release tension and endorphins that will make them feel very happy.
The objective of this Party is to share a unique moment, where we get rid of tensions and leads us to share voices and many other things.
And surely it will make us all live a moment that we will not forget.
There will be no shortage of tasty and healthy food, with a lot of local Cantabrian produce. We also want to encourage those who come to sing improvised or prepared. The important thing is to share.
It will take place in a building that holds a lot of Santander history, the Gran Casino del Sardinero. You surely won’t forget it.
60€ per person. It is not included in the Fee
tours and excursions
This municipality with a long seafaring calling has a magnificent coastal profile distinguished by ledges, inlets, lighthouses, and cliffs, all of which surround Mount Buciero and its extraordinary beaches. One of the town’s outstanding architectural features is the church of Santa María del Puerto.Eminently Gothic but with Romanesque reminiscences, it houses the altarpiece of San Bartolomé with Flemish paintings from the 15th century. Of utmost importance is the Marismas del Asón Nature Reserve. This protected space with rich and varied ecosystems is highly attractive to bird watchers. Santoña’s industry is based, above all, on the preparation of tuna and anchovies.
This is one of the main tourist towns on the entire Northern Spanish coast. The Puebla Vieja and the Arrabal districts have their origins in the Middle Ages and are very picturesque. In the Gothic temple of the Assumption (XIII and XVIII) we find the altarpiece of Bethlehem, one of the jewels of Flemish polychrome sculpture. The city’s beaches, which are of great beauty, are located on the Puntal.
Laredo is famous for its festivities which include the Battle of Flowers in late August and the Landing of Carlos V, celebrated every September.
Suances is a natural port between cliffs where many historians locate the Roman “Portus Blendium”, famous for its great commercial movement of that time.
Suances has very beautiful beaches where you can practice surfing.
Santillana del mar
Santillana del Mar is one of the villages with the greatest historical-artistic value in Spain. In it hides the Altamira Cave, classified as the Sistine chapel of rock art, a World Heritage Site. The Collegiate Church of Santa Juliana and its beautiful cloister stand out among the delightful streets of what seems to be a film set recreating medieval times.
This delightful town has some of the most important modernist buildings in Cantabria such as the Sobrellano Palace by Martorell and Domenech i Muntaner, its Pantheon Chapel, the Pontifical University and, of course, Gaudí’s Caprice.
One of the most peculiar symbols is the modernist sculpture El Angel de Llimona that presides over the entrance to the town’s cemetery. Comillas is included in the Oyambre Natural Park.
San Vicente de la barquera
A fishing village with beaches and an estuary that stand out for their natural beauty. In Puebla Vieja, you should not miss the church of Santa María de Los Ángeles (XIII – XVI), the castle and the remains of a fortification wall. From here we can enjoy the view of the exceptional background of the snow-capped peaks of the Picos de Europa. The arched bridges are another singular feature of this seafaring town.
Cabezón – Ucieda – Bárcena M.
This area of lush countryside treasures an important architectural, cultural and landscape legacy. It is close to the native oak and beech forests of Mount Ucieda, in the heart of the Saja-Besaya Natural Park and the Saja National Hunting Reserve, of great ecological value. Nestling in the Park is Bárcena Mayor, a Historic-Artistic complex, and one of the most beautiful villages in Spain, with its traditional sandstone houses with their delightful balconies.
Potes is known as the town of bridges and towers. The group of neighbourhoods in the old quarter with its narrow streets and mansions, most with coats of arms, retains a great popular flavour. It is the gate of Cantabria to the Picos de Europa National Park. A short distance from the town is the Fuente Dé cablecar that carries the traveller at an altitude of 1.823 meters in just 4 minutes, to access a landscape of immense beauty. Near Potes we find the Monastery of Santo Toribio, housing the relic of the Lignum Crucis, the largest piece of the True Cross of Christ. It is one of the four most important pilgrim destinations in Christianity.
Its urban complex concentrates valuable architecture from the 17th and 18th centuries, the result of the economic boom resulting from the first Artillery and Ammunition Factory in Spain. We recommend you visit the Gran Hotel Balneario (Spa Hotel) an incomparable environment full of history and with relaxing botanic gardens.
Pedreña and Somo
These two villages lie on the bay of Santander and can be accessed by a boat service from the quayside in the centre of Santander.
Pedreña is a place of great beauty offering a multitude of activities that include hiking along the coastal path, water sports, or playing golf on the course made world famous by the extraordinary Severiano Ballesteros.
From Pedreña you can walk towards Somo over the road bridge where the Cubas estuary ends. Its main attraction is the 8 km long beach where you can practice different sporting activities, especially surfing.
Vega de pas
This is a unique area of the most rural Cantabria. The most significant monuments are the 17th century parish church and the Doctor Madrazo sanatorium, dating from the early 19th century. Local delicacies are the “sobao” (spongecake) and the “Quesada” (cheesecake), and are not to be missed.