Venue: Faculty of Business, Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena


3rd GCMEA will take place at the Faculty of Business (Facultad de Ciencias de la Empresa) of the Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena, Spain. This building is located near the harbour, the city centre and several places of interest such as the Archeological museum, the city Walls, the Roman theater and the city Hall, that are found within walking distance.


Cartagena lies on the south-east coast of Spain, in the Region of Murcia. With a population of 200,000 inhabitants, Cartagena is the second largest city in the Region of Murcia. The city is one of the main ports on the Mediterranean sea. Its climate is Mediterranean, with little rainfall, hot summers and mild winters. Temperatures range between 12 ºC in January and 30 ºC in July.

Cartagena was founded by general Asdrubal, from Carthage, about 227 BC. However, the Carthaginian presence did not last long since the city was soon conquered by the Romans. During the 18th century, the city became the headquarters of the Maritime Department of the Mediterranean. Since then, Cartagena has gone several periods of crisis and prosperity to become the center we know today, an industrial, commercial and tourist city, and seat of the Regional Parliament of Murcia. Cartagena has a valuable historical and cultural heritage that is reflected in the numerous museums, monuments and other tourist attractions throughout the city: the Archeological museum, the city Walls, the Roman theater and the city Hall, just to mention a few. Modern Cartagena also offers plenty of opportunities for recreation and entertainment: cinemas, theater, art galleries, music festivals, etc. Cartagena, like its university, is a welcoming city open to change and innovation.


The tourist heart of Cartagena is located in La Manga del Mar Menor, Cabo de Palos and its beaches, but it is noteworthy that Cartagena also owns other beaches with no less charm.

La Manga is a strip of land 24 km long, which was structured from Cabo de Palos to the north. Its formation was due to sedimentation of sand that contributed the dominant currents in the area. West of the headland is the Mar Menor, which is like a large saltwater lake, with a small opening. To the east is the Mediterranean Sea. Both seas are communicated through channels, called "gullets", through which the water flows between them.

You will find more information about this wonderful place at: http://www.lamanga.net/

Travel


The best way to reach Cartagena is flying to one of the closest airports: Murcia-San Javier International Airport (MJV), Alicante International Airport (ALC) or Madrid-Barajas International Airport (MAD), located at 24, 95 and 450 Km from Cartagena, respectively. These airports have regular flights from/to several European cities, including London airports (of interest to international flights transfers).

Getting Cartagena from the nearby airports

There is no regular direct bus service between the airports and Cartagena: the buses stop at Murcia, and there another bus/train can take you to Cartagena.

From Murcia-San Javier International Airport

We suggest using one of the next options:

You can find more information about Murcia-San Javier International Airport in the next web pages:

From Alicante International Airport

We suggest to take the regular bus to Murcia Bus Station, and, later, to take a second bus to Cartagena:

  • Alicante Airport - Murcia Bus Station:
    • Monday-Friday: from 07:15 until 20:15, every 1 or 2 hours
    • Saturday: from 09:15 until 19:15, every 1 or 2 hours
    • Sunday: from 09:15 until 20:15, every 1 or 2 hours
    • Journey Time: 55 minutes
    • Price: approx. 6 € (one way)
    • More details on timetables: http://www.alsa.es
  • Murcia Bus Station - Cartagena Bus Station:
    • Monday-Friday: from 7:00 until 22:00, every 1 hour or less
    • Saturday and Sunday : from 8:00 until 22:00, every 1 hour or less
    • Journey Time: 55 minutes
    • Price: approx. 4 € (one way)
    • More details on timetables: http://www.alsa.es

Other options are:

You can find more information about Alicante International Airport in the next web pages:


Accommodation


Prices per room and per night with all taxes included. Contact directly with the reception of each hotel asking for the "3GCMEA Congress" offer.

The accommodation offer is subject to room availability and advance bookings are highly recommended. The hotel reserves the right to change the rates by May 2016.


Rating Booking.com (NOV2015) 8,5
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Phone: +34 968 120 908
Distance to city hall: 0.089 km
Double room single use + breakfast 91,00€
Double room double use + breakfast 103,00€
Rating Booking.com (NOV2015) 8,2
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Phone: +34 968 504 200
Distance to city hall: 900 m
Double room single use + breakfast 75,00€
Double room double use + breakfast 85,00€
Notes Spa
Rating Booking.com (NOV2015) 7,9
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Phone: +34 968 505 250
Distance to city hall: 1.0 km
Double room single use + breakfast 55,00€
Double room double use + breakfast 60,00€
Notes 50€ for Single Room. 5€/person reduction for no breakfast option.
Rating Booking.com (NOV2015) 8,3
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Phone: +34 968 520 000
Distance to city hall: 1.3 km
Double room single use + breakfast 65,97€
Double room double use + breakfast 74,97€
Rating Booking.com (NOV2015) 8,2
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Google Maps:
Phone: +34 968 520 032
Distance to city hall: 1.3 km
Double room single use + breakfast 59,00€
Double room double use + breakfast 68,00€
Rating Booking.com (NOV2015) 8,3
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Phone: +34 968 504 431
Distance to city hall: 2.2 km
Double room single use + breakfast 50,00€
Double room double use + breakfast 57,00€
Notes Free parking
Rating Booking.com (NOV2015) 8,3
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Phone: +34 968 324 324
Distance to city hall: 4.1 km
Double room single use + breakfast 59,00€
Double room double use + breakfast 65,00€
Notes Includes WiFi. Bus stop to downtown at 5 min walking.
Rating Booking.com (NOV2015) 8,5
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Phone: +34 968 010 195
Distance to city hall: 5.0 km
Double room single use + breakfast 31,26€
Double room double use + breakfast 35,06€
Notes No breakfast included. Apartment rental for up to 3 persons (40.76 € for all 3)
Rating Booking.com (NOV2015) 8,7
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Phone: +34 968 331 234
Distance to city hall: 21.2 km
Double room single use + breakfast 138,00€
Double room double use + breakfast 153,00€
Notes Includes Fitness center, Pool, Sauna, Steam Bath, WiFi, Transportation within the Resort. Free cancellations 48h ahead arrival. Golf & Tennis available at the resort
Rating Booking.com (NOV2015) 8,1
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Phone: +34 968 331 234
Distance to city hall: 21.2 km
Double room single use + breakfast 96,00€
Double room double use + breakfast 105,00€
Rating Booking.com (NOV2015) 8,5
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Phone: +34 968 583 980
Distance to city hall: 24.1 km
Double room single use + breakfast 81,90€
Double room double use + breakfast 109,80€
Notes Free Spa with at least 2 nights of accomodation. Offer expires 01/05/2016.
Rating Booking.com (NOV2015) 9
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Phone: +34 968 041 840
Distance to city hall: 26.1 km
Double room single use + breakfast 136,00€
Double room double use + breakfast 144,00€
Notes WiFi, spa, heated pool. Six 18-holes Golf Courses available at the resort.
Rating Booking.com (NOV2015) 7,5
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Phone: +34 968 564 123
Distance to city hall: 28.0 km
Double room single use + breakfast n/a
Double room double use + breakfast n/a
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Google Maps:
Phone: +34 968 331 234
Distance to city hall: 30.0 km
Double room single use + breakfast n/a
Double room double use + breakfast n/a
Rating Booking.com (NOV2015) 8,5
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Google Maps:
Phone: +34 968 563 200
Distance to city hall: 30.5 km
Double room single use + breakfast n/a
Double room double use + breakfast n/a