GUADEC 2018 Almería Bid
Almería is a sunny and lovely city in the Southeast of Spain, just by the Mediterranean sea. Founded in 955 by Abd-ar-Rahman III, who ordered the construction of the Alcazaba (the Citadel), one of the largest Moorish castles in Europe, only second to the famous Granada’s Alhambra. The modern city of today still preserves the footprints of those times, with an urban structure that has developed around the hill that crowns the Alcazaba.
Almería is the capital of the province of the same name, and its bureaucratic center. The region belongs to the Autonomous Community of Andalusia, and is a rich and boisterous center of vegetable production. In fact, the western region of the province, the Poniente, is famous for its 100.000 acres of greenhouse, and is the main supplier of vegetables for much of Europe. Also, Almería hosts some scientific and research centers: the Calar Alto Astronomy Observatory, the Almería Solar Platform and the Experimental Station of Arid Zones.
The city of Almería has today about 195.000 inhabitants. They are happy and welcoming people, with a daily and nightly life all the week long. Some famous almerians are, for example, Nicolás Salmerón y Alonso, who was the third president of the first Spanish Republic, and some musicians such as Antonio de Torres, considered the father of the modern Spanish guitar, José Padilla, best known as “Maestro Padilla”, Manolo Escobar, and nowadays José Fernández Torres “Tomatito” -one of the best flamenco guitarists in the world- and David Bisbal, a famous pop singer.
Almería is also famous for its cinema story. A good number of world famous films have been shot in the incomparable landscapes and towns of the whole province. Since the sixties, its arid landscapes and clean skies have attracted an enormous amount of films, commercial spots and videoclips. Recently films like Exodus or TV series like Game of Thrones or Penny Dreadful are filmed here.
Winds have no moving emblems here, bud scour
A vacant darkness, un untempered ligth;
No branches bend, never a tortured flower
Shudders, root-weary, on the verge of fligth;
Winged future, withered past, no seeds nor leaves
Attest those swift invisible feet: they run
Free through a naked land, whose breast recived
All the fierce ardour of a naked sun.
You have the Ligth for lover. Fortunate Earth!
Conceive the fruit of his divine desire.
But the dry dust is all she brings to birth,
That child of clay by even celestial fire.
Then come, soft rain and tender clouds, abate
This shining love that has the force of hate.
Proposal of organization model
Based in our experience we propose a particular way of organization and assignation of responsabilites aimed to be optimel for both partners.
There is a separate page for accomodation.
Travel to Almería
The city of Almería has a good local infrastructure, based around its own turistic’s attractives.
Local community group
Tourism in Almería
Visiting Almería is a great opportunity to enjoy some tourism with different landscapes and weathers all in less than 100 Km from the city.
It's important to remark the campus availability is while July. In August the campus is closed for holidays (as is almost any non-touristic business in Spain). We think it will be not a problem for GUADEC.
As the GNOME community knows, celebrating GUADEC in Spain is something recurrent and we want to contribute to this commitment too. Our city is modest but modern and equipped with everything a conference assistant could need and our installations, specially at the university campus, fits well for these activities.
And if you believe Almería, being at the South of Spain, can be very hot... well, maybe it is, but probably not as you expect. Other cities in Andalucía, far from the sea, can be really hot by day with 40 ºC or more and hot enough by night it can be hard to sleep. But being at the seaside our temperatures are always smoothed by the Mediterranean sea. For the same reason places like Málaga, Barcelona, Alicante or Mallorca receive millions of tourists each year.
Give yourself an opportunity to get in love with Almería