Monday, June 24th, 2019 | 19:00 – 22:00
Walking City Tour and Welcome Reception at the “Patio de Cristales” of the “Casa de la Villa”.
The walking city tour will depart from the Conference venue at 19.00h.
IMPORTANT: For security reasons it will be mandatory to wear your badgeto access the “Patio de Cristales” in the “Casa de la Villa”. Otherwise your entry will not be allowed.
The area known as Austria’s Madrid, or the Madrid of the Hapsburg, after the Austrian royal dynasty who reigned in Spain until 1700 is the oldest section of the city, so it’s packed with historical attractions. You’ll feel the charm of old medieval-reinassance Madrid in the narrow quiet streets around Plaza Mayor to get the Plaza de la Villa at 20.00h, where the welcome reception will be offered by the Madrid City Hall.
“Casa de la Villa”
The “Casa de la Villa” is located in the “Plaza de la Villa”, between “Puerta del Sol” and “Bailén” Street.
It is one of the most beautiful areas of Madrid, where we can feel how history is still present.
The “Casa de la Villa” has housed the City Hall of Madrid until 2008, when it was moved to the Post & Telecommunications Palace in the “Plaza de la Cibeles”
The use of “Casa de la Villa” in these days, is limited to official events.
When Madrid became the capital of Spain, the first meetings of the council of the city, what we could call the City Hall of that period, it took place in the church of San Salvador.
In the seventeenth century, Felipe IV authorized the council to build that place to hold its official meetings.
Patio de Cristal
The glass patio was open until the nineteenth century when the dome was made. thus becoming a room that could always be used. It is marble and on the roof we can see some striking stained glass windows that have been recently restored. In one of them you can see the Puerta de Alcalá.
El cóctel de bienvenida y la Cena de Gala están incluidos para todos los asistentes (también incluida en la cuota de estudiante)
Tuesday, June 25th, 2019 | 20:30 – 23:00
Dinner will take place in “La Masía de José Luis” at 20:30 hours. Staff will be checking dinner bookings on arrival at the dinner venue. Please wear your badges to access the restaurant.
“La Masía” is located inside the Casa de Campo. For those attendees staying in other areas of Madrid, we suggest to take the underground (called “Metro”) to “Lago” station (line 10 – blue) or “Puerta del Ángel” station (line 6 – grey).
Special dietary requirements, vegetarian and vegan meals should have been ordered during the registration process. In that case, please inform your assigned waiter.
Shuttle service will be available from the Restaurant to “Puerta de Toledo” in Madrid after the dinner. (Expected at 23.00h
“La Masia de José Luis” Restaurant: With 1,722.60 hectares of natural space, this location is the most important public park in Madrid. The history of Casa de Campo began with the decision by Philip II to move the Court to Madrid, and reside there. The King built a manor house linking the Palace with the hunting area called El Pardo. Later, farms and fields bought from the areas surrounding the Casa de Campo were added.
It was declared a Royal Forest under Fernando VI. As a result of the hunting and country atmosphere of the farm, as well as its proximity to the Palace, the original country house belonging to the Vargas Family was enlarged to host the Royal Family for such activities. Carlos III gave it a new twist when he introduced livestock and agriculture as one of its purposes, which would be continued by Queen María Cristina.
During the Spanish Civil War, many battles were fought there, and the numerous bombings affected its antique construction, giving rise to new military constructions, which still can be seen.