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2 Days Trip to Granada
VISITS: 4th, 6th  and 8th
GROUPS: Minimum 30 people
Maximum 30 people
PRICE PER PERSON: 145,00 eur
INCLUDES: Bus, official guides, entrance to the Alhambra and Generalifem and accommodation in double rooms in a 3*** hotel, Bed and Breakfast
STARTING TIME: 08:30 am (meals NOT included)
MEETING POINT: Conference and Exhibition Center - FIBES Center


City center sightseeing tour:

You will visit the Royal Chapel (pantheon of the Catholic Monarchs, Isabel and Fernando), Cathedral of the Incarnation (a masterpiece of Spanish Renaissance) and Madraza (Medieval Koranic School). After a stroll through the Alcaiceria (the old Arab silk market), we will see the Corral del Carbón (a XIV century caravansary or Medieval inn for merchants and their precious goods).

Alhambra and Generalife tour:

This is a guided tour with an Official Guide, who is member of APIT (Granada Association of Professional Guides).
Duration: 3 hours approximatelyItinerary: Nasrid Palaces, Charles V Palace, Medina and Generalife Gardens and Palace.


The Alhambra, designated a World Heritage Site in 1984, is a palatial city on the Sabika hill, near the Darro river. Its name comes from the color of its walls built using local clay which gave the bricks a reddish tint (Al-Hamra in Arabic means red).

The Moorish part of the complex is comprised of the Generalife gardens, the Nasrid Palaces, and the Alcazaba, or citadel. The Christians built the palace of Carlos V and the church of Santa María on the former mosque. The Nasrid Palaces are grouped together in an irregular pattern and the different rooms are connected by courtyards or passages.

The Alhambra originally dates from the 9th Century, when the first historical reference was made of the Alcazaba as a military building. It was in the 13th Century when the first Nasrid ruler, Mohammed I, made it his royal residence. His successor, Mohammed II, finished the walled ramparts. In the 14th Century, coinciding with the reigns of Yusuf and Mohammed V, the Alhambra gained the splendid monumental appearance that we see today. Yusuf ordered the Comares Palace to be built, with its great tower overlooking the city. The inner apartment of the Palace housed the throne of the Sultan, placed under the canopy that represents the concept of the universe of Allah. This ruler also reinforced the complex with enormous gateways, such as the Gate of Arms (the main entrance to the Alhambra) or the Gates of Justice.

Mohammed V reformed the Comares Palace and added the spectacular façade of the Cuarto Dorado (Golden Room) courtyard. He also built the innovative Palace of the Lions, very different from the usual approach used at that time to design palaces. It consists of a four-part structure based on Eastern Islamic models.

The Alhambra is an unparalleled example of how light and water can add a significant decorative effect on the architecture. A careful selection of materials enables the decorative effect to change with the varying patterns of light. The water acts as a kind of mirror, reflecting the architecture and decorative figures, adding to the sense of calm and tranquility. Moreover, it creates water and light-induced optical illusions, and helps soften the harsher lines of the horizontal architecture, as in the case of Courtyard of the Myrtles.

The Alhambra was abandoned to its fate in the 18th century. During French domination, the fortress was partially destroyed. It was not until the 19th century that reconstruction, restoration and maintenance work on the building started and continues to be a work in progress.


Accommodation: MA ABEN HUMEYA 3***

Fully renovated in 2003, the hotel features comfortable and stylish accommodations, as well as tastefully-decorated lounges. Nearby the lobby, guests will find a lively cafeteria and the restaurant will provide them with a welcoming place to taste delightful dishes.
The property offers the best value for money and is ideal for tourists who want to explore the wonderful city of Granada, with its many cultural and artistic sights.
The property comes with 162 soundproof accommodations with ensuite bathroom supplied with towels and amenities.
All of the accommodations come furthermore equipped with air conditioning, direct dial telephone, desk, safe, colour TV and heating.
Moreover, non-smoking rooms, as well as cots and extra beds can be provided upon request.




Includes: Transport + Tapas Dinner + Show + panoramic Alhambra

Special dinner: Price per person: 66 €


The “Cueva de los Tarantos” was founded in 1972. José Martin Quesada and Concepción Maya Maya bought a cave in the Sacromonte district of Granada. This cave later became the flamenco zambra “Cueva Los Tarantos”. This zambra was the last founded in the district. It soon became a famed zambra owing to the quality of its show. Major flamenco artists from Granada have performed in this cave.





Abstract submission deadline extended to
7 June
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Science in School
NMR in biology
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Key Information

How to Reach Seville - Congress Venue
(Seville Convention Center - FIBES. Avda. Alcalde Uruñuela, 1 - Sevilla)

How to Reach FIBES (address, commuter train to FIBES, bus line...)

How to Reach your hotel in Seville (See the IUBMB-FEBS Seville 2012 Hotels at Google Maps)

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Three Poster Sessions will take place throughout the Congress. To see more information and the detailed calendar sessions, please click here.

Biochemistry in Gastronomy

Saturday, September 8, 13:30 – 14:30
Venue: Auditorium
Andoni Luis Aduriz, Chef, Mugaritz
Presented by: Unai Ugalde
For more information, click here.