SITIS 2018 will be held at Hotel Reina Isabel & Spa
**** (address: Calle Alfredo L. Jones, 40, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria) which is located on the Playa de Las Canteras beachfront in Las Palmas, providing several room possibilities.
The conference rooms
chosen for the SITIS 2018 tracks as well as for the workshops are: Baldaquino, Galdós and Fogón.
The two rooms Baldaquino and Galdós are close to the hotel reception, while room Fogón is in the first floor. All three rooms are anyway rather close to each other.Location The cityLas Palmas de Gran Canaria
is and open and cosmopolitan capital city located in the island of Gran Canaria at the Canaries. Being the island a frequent touristic destination, particularly for Europeans, the city location on the northeast of Gran Canaria, serves to be considered within the top best weather year around world cities, with an average temperature of pleasant 17ºC in winter, and a comfortable and 25ºC in summer.
Founded in 1478, the city have performed, as a cultural and financial bridge among Europe, America and Africa. In fact, Christopher Columbus stopped in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to repair one of his vessels in his first trip to America.
The city is easily reachable from the International Airport of Gran Canaria, the sixth Spanish airport in number of passengers, located 18 km away from the city center. Only two and a half hours are needed from Madrid, and four from main European cities.
The city ranked first in the 2016 Travellers’ Choice by tripadvisor
highlighting the spectacular Las Cateras beach, the old warter of Vegueta and its colonial style, and the city botanical garden Viera y Clavijo. The city is also a beloved destination among digital nomads who search a nice working atmosphere close to a beach.
The beach of Las Canteras, beside the conference venue, is in the top ten according the 2018 Travellers’ Choice
beaches in Europe, and in fact one of the best urban cities in the world where not just swimming is possible all year round, but also walking along the four kilometres promenade, stopping by in bars and restaurants, or even searching more adventures surfing, scuba diving, snorkelling, kayaking, etc.
The local gastronomy is also highlighted by foreign visitors covering canary specialities (papas arrugadas – wrinkled potatoes-, Canary pork ham, seafood, Canary cheese, wines, …) and all over the world restaurants given the cosmopolitan city population and the repeating visitors. General information
The Canaries are part of Spain and Europe. Thus, the euro (€) is the local currency and Spanish is the local language, with an accent closer to the Spanish spoken in South America, i.e. softening ‘zeds’ and ‘cees’.
Shopping timetables are similar to the rest of Spain opening from 10am to 2pm, and from 4pm to 8pm. However, several shopping centres do not close for lunch. Observe that locals usually have lunch between 2pm and 3pm, while dinner is never before 8pm, even after 10pm during weekends. Visitors can however enjoy meals at any time in the most visited areas, i.e. Las Canteras beach and the Triana and Vegueta area.
The time zone is GMT, i.e. one hour less with the rest of Spain, in summer and in winter. Electric devices work on 220 volts. For emergencies call 112.