The conference will be held in Tolosa (Basque Country, Spain, almost 20,000 inhabitants), a historic town in the province of Gipuzkoa, 25 km away from the province capital, San Sebastian (Donostia in Basque), a famous touristic location, a 20-30 min. train journey away (, Gipuzkoa; In medieval times, Tolosa was a very important checkpoint between the Kingdoms of Navarre and Castile, France and the Cantabrian harbours. Currently it hosts many important cultural events and a traditional market every Saturday.

View of Tolosa and the River Oria with the Navarra bridge

View of Tolosa and the River Oria with the Navarra bridge. The white building to the left of the bridge is called Tinglado (Zerkausia), where we will have lunch on 8th and 10th September. The bus for the mid and post-conference excursions will depart from a bus stop on this side of the bridge. Photo: Isabel Salcedo.

The registration and conference sessions will be held in TOPIC, the Tolosa Puppets International Centre, in Tolosa city centre: Euskal Herria, 1.

Venue of the EGC, TOPIC
Venue of the EGC, TOPIC

Venue of the EGC, TOPIC (Tolosa Puppets International Centre). On the left, TOPIC in the middle of Euskal Herria square (photo:; on the right, the conference hall (photo:


Accommodation should be booked independently by each participant. In Tolosa, there are two hotels, three guesthouses, and several rural accommodations. Below we give details about them. Please take into account that beginning of September is High Season in the area, so prices are not cheap. As the availability of accommodation is rather limited, we recommend booking as soon as possible. There is also the possibility of hiring flats online. Prices given below include VAT. Breakfast is a continental breakfast.


  • Hotel Oria: 5 min. walking from the conference venue ( Prices: single room with breakfast: €77.80; double room with breakfast: €105. Free Wifi.
  • Hotel BideBide: adjacent to conference venue ( Prices: individual €54, double €80, triple €110 (prices excluding breakfast, but with 20% discount if reservation is made via the hotel’s webpage). Free Wifi.


  • Pensión Karmentxu: in the town center ( Prices: €30 single room without bathroom, €50 double room without bathroom, €75 double room with bathroom. Breakfast available, but not included. Free Wifi.
  • Pensión Oyarbide: in town center ( Prices: €35 single room, €50 double room, both with en suite bathroom. Possibility of additional bed. Free Wifi. No breakfast service, but many cafeterias in surroundings. Parking: €10.
  • Hostal Bentaldea (, 1 km from Tolosa (Polígono Industrial 38, Anoeta). Rooms and Prices: 2 rooms with one double bed (40 €), 3 double rooms (55 €, 28 € per person), two of them with three beds, so with possibility of three persons. In this case, the room is 70 €, so 24 € per person. All rooms with bathroom. Free Wifi.

Rural accommodations

  • Korteta Nekazalturismoa ( A rural accommodation at a distance of 1.5 km from the town centre. Only suitable for people with a car, as it is quite steep to get there (160 m higher than town center). Six double rooms available, with possibility of supplementary beds, total room for 18 people. Prices change from €25 to €50 per person, depending on single/double room and season.
  • Teileri in Berrobi village ( New building used as rural accommodation at 5 km distance from Tolosa. Only suitable for people with car. Two apartments with parking. Each apartment with three double rooms, two complete bathrooms, kitchen, etc. Prices: Whole apartment: €155 per night, whole house (two apartments): €310 per night.
  • Akulebi in Villabona, Legarreta Auzoa ( 4.5 km distance from Tolosa, 1.2 km from the railway station. Three double rooms with bathroom. Breakfast service available.
  • Urresti and Alustiza Rural houses: both in Villabona, Amasa ( 7 km distance from Tolosa.

Travelling to Tolosa

There are two international airports in the surroundings:

Biarritz airport (, in the French Basque Country, with direct flights to several European cities, including Munich, London, Berlin, Geneva, etc.  There are direct buses from the airport to the bus station in San Sebastian (only one intermediate stop in San Sebastian city), 45 min.

PESA ( only one bus per day, summer timetable not available yet (currently, bus leaves Biarritz airport at 11:35, arrival at San Sebastian bus station at 12:30 (weekends: 12:35 and 13:30). In the other direction, the bus leaves San Sebastian bus station at 10:30, arrival at Biarritz airport at 11:15.

ALSA ( This company offers three buses every day, but summer timetable not yet available.

Bilbao airport (, near Bilbao, with direct flights to many European cities. PESA company offers direct buses from the airport to San Sebastian bus station (€17.10, 1 hour and 8 min.). Timetables not yet available, but there is high frequency of buses.

There is also a regional airport, San Sebastian Airport, located at Hondarribia, on the border with France. This airport only operates with Air Nostrum, Iberia and Vueling, flying to Barcelona and Madrid. If you fly to this airport, there are two buses you can take to reach Tolosa ( Bus E21 takes you directly to San Sebastian bus station, with a departure every hour. If you have to travel from San Sebastian airport to Tolosa during the weekend, you should take bus E27.

Once you reached San Sebastian bus station, you should move to the adjacent train station (bus and train stations are connected by a lift), and take a train to Tolosa (20 or 30 min.). The train has two stops in Tolosa (Tolosa centro or Tolosa erdia), in the town centre, very near the conference venue and most hotels and guesthouses, and the main station (Tolosa estación, or Tolosa geltokia), closer to Hotel Oria.

If you are travelling from Madrid, there are buses from Madrid airport and Madrid bus station to Tolosa, with ALSA company. This route stops in several cities before reaching Tolosa, so it is not so convenient. On average, the journey lasts 6 and a half hours, both for buses leaving from the airport and from the bus station.


Map of Tolosa showing the two railway stations: Tolosa Centro (Tolosa Erdia officially) and Tolosa (estación, geltokia), and the conference venue TOPIC (BideBide hotel is adjacent) (GoogleMaps). Mercado del Tinglado (zerkausia), by the river, is a covered market where we will have lunch during the conference. The bridge adjacent to the Tinglado is the Navarra bridge. The bus for the excursions will leave at the south side, indicated with a cross. All distances in Tolosa are very small, from hotel Oria to TOPIC 5 to 10 minutes walking distance. Please click to navigate on GoogleMaps.


If you require an official invitation letter to attend the conference, please contact the Chair of the Organizing Committee, Idoia Biurrun, after registering (Department of Plant Biology and Ecology, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) P.O. Box 644, 48080 Bilbao, Spain. Email: This letter will not represent any commitment on the part of the organizers to provide financial support for you; it is only for the purpose of obtaining your visa or other such purposes.