Location-2016

 

The IV-th International forum on cognitive modeling (IFCM-2016) will be hosted in Spain in Lloret de Mar (near Barcelona).

Lloret de Mar is a popular, modern, with well-developed infrastructure, hospitable city; one of the most important and famous tourist resorts in the South of Europe and one of the best developed resorts in Spain. It is located in the Northern part of the Iberian Peninsula in Catalonia, on the famous Costa Brava, 75 km from Barcelona, 30 km from Girona and 100 km to the South of France.

Lloret de Mar is protected from winds by a chain of mountains from the North, making the climate of the resort mild. So the holiday season is quite long. Wide comfortable city beaches of Lloret de Mar, crystal clear water and golden sand make this resort one of the best vacation spots on the Costa Brava. Out of its 5 main beaches with a total coastline of 7 km, 4 are marked with "Blue flag", the most important of them are the "Lloret" (the length of 1630 m), "Fenals" (length 700 m), etc. Coarse sand is similar to pebbles that does not annoy vacationers and is easily shaken off. Resort beaches are separated by rocky outcrops. From the brows there are scenic views of the surrounding city and the bay with clean water of the Mediterranean sea. You can easily combine first-class beach holidays in Lloret de Mar and sightseeing in Barcelona. The capital of Catalonia, of course, also has its beaches, but still it cannot be called a full-fledged seaside resort.

Warning! Swimmers need to be careful - it is forbidden to swim far out of buoys, because the shallow coastal waters and sea bottom in some places are dramatically moving into a sharp break at a depth of 10 m or even up to a kilometer. Therefore, those who can't swim very well, better to stay very close to the shore. You should not swim beyond 50 m from the coast – there are strong currents, safety swimming area is quite big.

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Lloret de Mar

Lloret de Mar is an ancient city and has more than a thousand-year history. According to the archaeological researches, this territory was originally inhabited by Iberian tribes, the first settlers who arrived in the period of the lower Paleolithic. In the I century BC they were replaced by the Romans, who created a thriving village and established trade relations with neighboring Empuries and Barcelona. As a city, Lloret de Mar was first mentioned in connection with 966 and under the name of Loredo (lat. Lauretum) — "the place where Laurel trees grow", according to one version. In the middle ages the population of Lloret is actively engaged in trading and establishes trade relations in the entire Mediterranean.  Trade and cultural ties are being developed. The link with Italy is reflected in connection with places, dialects, religious traditions. After the discovery of America, due to the recovery of transatlantic sailings, strong free trade and business relations between Spain and its colonies across the Atlantic (Caribbean, Argentina) in the 18th and 19th centuries, Lloret de Mar began to develop as a shipbuilding center; it was its new round of development and prosperity. Gradually Lloret transformed into an elegant European city with beautiful streets and squares. After a brief period of economic stagnation a new stage of development of Lloret De Mar began in the mid 20th century, which was due to the development of tourism. Tourism is the main area that brings profit to the modern city.

The city is a cultural and tourist center. It can boast of a large number of historical sites at nearly every headland; interesting architectural places of different time periods are worthy of attention. On the Costa Brava there are a lot of medieval monuments — the Castle of Sant Joan V. 11 (the residence of Narcisse Scaffold - an industrialist of Girona), the medieval Gothic Church of Sant Roma in the centre of town. On one of its headlands there is a bronze statue of the "fisherman's wife" by touching her feet and looking out to the sea, you can see ways to achieve your desires. Natural splendor becomes one with  its well-developed infrastructure and hospitality of the local population. The city is constantly developing and improving its parks, actively developing tourism. The whole life of the city is concentrated at the sea. A variety of hotels of different comfort level, restaurants and cafes, nightlife options are located close to the beachline. Lovers of active recreation will find numerous sports clubs. Rent of water motorcycles, skis, bicycles, automobiles is available almost everywhere. lovers  of nature and relaxing strolls are invited to the Botanical gardens of St. Clotilde in Renaissance style on the cliff top with spectacular panoramic views. One of the most popular attractions with tourists is bullfighting and the water park Water World which is the largest on the coast. Close to Central promenade and the city hall there is the Museum of cats. You can spend your time unusually and interestingly in the Park of dwarfs, which is situated at the entrance of the city of Blanes. The centuries-old traditions of the resort are colourful fiestas and festivals held in Lloret de Mar throughout the year.

The city has a well developed transport infrastructure. Tour buses and free Shuttle buses run around the city. With Bus Terminal there are buses to different towns – Girona, Barcelona, Tossa de Mar, Blanes. Every day there are trips to Figaro with its Salvador Dali Museum, as well as various excursions to Barcelona where you can also get yourself on a regular bus. In Barcelona you can see its  main attractions - the famous Cathedral Sagrada Familia, Park Guell and other buildings of Gaudi, in the evening - awesome fountains with spectacular lighting. From the promenade of Lloret you can have sightseeing and pleasure boats to Tossa de Mar and Blanes, as well as tour buses to the medieval towns of Rupit and Besalu.

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 The participants of the forum will be provided with accommodation services at the hotel "Marsol Hotel 4*" (see photo). 

         Airports: Barcelona.
         Visa: Schengen.