First Vegetarian Congress
Spanish Vegetarian Union (UVE)
October 9-12, 2004
Hotel Roca Esmeralda, Calpe (Alicante, Spain)
[ Spanish ]
Introduction | Venue and surroundings | Programme of activities | Lecturers | Prices and registration
Venue and surroundings
The Congress will take place at the Hotel Roca Esmeralda, a 3 stars hotel located first line on the mediterranean beach of Levante, at the town of Calpe (Alicante).
The hotel is 2,5 km far from Calpe's town center and is connected with it and with the port by the Maritime Walk. (Bus to the center every half hour).
It offers 88 double rooms and 124 rooms with lounge, equipped with magnetic card locks, air conditioning, radio and music, direct telephone, color TV, safety box and refrigerator. All with complete bath and terrace; large windows with double thermal crystal.
The Hotel has a 24 hours Reception Service, Restaurant with Buffet for meals and breakfasts, Restaurant à la carte, Cafeteria Snack-bar, Social Lounges, Convention Halls, Souvenirs' Shop, Discotheque, Hairdresser's shop, satellite TV, heated and covered Swimming pool, 3 open-air Swimming pools, Gymnasium, Spa center (Jacuzzi, Massage, Sauna), Parking... Also a service for internet connection is available if needed.
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Hotel's website: Hotel*** Roca Esmeralda & Spa
CALPE, lots of possibilities
In the thirties writers such as Hemingway spent their summers in Calpe. Calpe's first hotel was established next to the Peñón Rock: the Ifach Parador. The Morro del Toix and the Peñón de Ifach mark the extremities of Calpe's bay. The Peñón de Ifach (Ifach means north in Phoenician) is the symbol of Calpe and, by extension, of the Costa Blanca. It is the highest rock in the entire Mediterranean and divides Calpe's shoreline in two. The limestone mass is 332 metres high and penetrates 1 kilometre into the sea, forming a first-rate geological feature. Since 1987, a Natural Park has preserved its unique ecological treasures such as the Ifach carnation. The summit of the rock can be visited in organized groups and in the Nature Auditorium the rich fauna and flora of the park is explained. There is also one of the best views of the Costa Blanca from the top of the rock.
How to arrive to Calpe and Hotel Roca Esmeralda
L'Altet airport (Alicante) and Manises airport (Valencia) are at 70 Km and 125 Km from Calpe respectively, they allow connections with the main capitals across national and international flights. By highway, the main connections are the A-7 (exits 63 and 64) at 8 Km from Calpe and the N-332 (Valencia - Alicante) that connects with the international net. The narrow-gauge railroad (Trenet de la Marina) that crosses the coast from Alicante to Denia stops on Calpe's Station allowing communication with the rest of the province. The regular service of buses, with flexible timetables, connects Calpe with the cities of Valencia, Alicante, Madrid and Barcelona.
Hotel Esmeralda is at the end of the beach of Levante (La Fossa). Once in Calpe, you have to follow the signs towards the beach of Levante. Drive along the Avenue Ejercitos Españoles down to the Salt mines (a puddle of water that is observed on the left of the highway), then you'll pass 2 rotundas in the route. From there, continuing the highway you'll drive along the Avenue Juan Carlos I (or Avenida de la Marina), and you'll have to turn right on the 5th street (Mestral street). The hotel, with its distinctive green "wreath", will be already visible at that moment.
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