The school will be hosted at Building 2 of the Technology Park of Sardinia Pula, Italy.
We have negotiated special rates for all participants (students, lecturers, and their guests, if any) with the Is Molas Resort, located just a few kilometers from the research park that will host the School. These rates will be available until August 20th, 2018. All the offers are available here.
In its special rate the Is Molas Resort includes 24-hour reception service, multi-language staff, ample parking and access to its outdoor pool. A shuttle is also available at set times to transfer guests to the nearby town of Pula and to the Is Molas Beach Club. For further details please visit the hotel's web site: http://www.ismolas.it/.To book a room at the Is Molas Resort and take advantage of the above rates send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and mention the promotion code "Scientific School 17-21 Settembre 2018".
NEW: We will provide a Daily transfer to and from the course venue at the following times:
Depart from Hotel Return from venue
Mon-Fri 8:30 AM 5:45 PM
The shuttle will depart from the hotel entrance in front of the reception.
OTHER ACCOMODATION OPTIONS
Pula is a lively town with plenty of accommodation options. Should you decide to book your stay somewhere in town, you might find useful the timetable for the local bus serving the research park; click here to download it.
Here is some information to help you plan your trip. Please remember that this information is provided on a best effort basis and may not be up-to-date by the time you read it.
Reaching Sardinia by Air
The airport closest to Pula is the Cagliari International Airport (IATA: CAG).
Here are some of the airlines that fly from/to Cagliari:
From the Cagliari airport to the city
The airport is only a 10-minute drive or a short train ride from the Cagliari city center. Train schedule and useful information can be found by visiting the Cagliari International Airport website.
Reaching Sardinia by Ferry
If you want to bring your car to Sardinia, then you might consider travelling by ferry. The port of Cagliari is served by the following ferry lines:
From Cagliari to School venue
Depending on your arrival time, you might be able to reach the school venue by public transportation. There is a bus that connects the Cagliari bus station in Piazza Matteotti with our Research Park (Route 134). Use Google Maps' "Directions" feature to find routes and times.
A second alternative with public transport might be to take a bus from the Cagliari bus station in Piazza Matteotti to the town of Pula. You'll then have to find a way to get to the hotel or the Park: your hotel's shuttle (if one is available), the local public transporation, or a taxi (should be about €20).
The third (and most expensive) alternative is to book a taxi directly from the airport to your destination. There are several companies that offer this service (e.g., Follesa, Sina, Radio Taxi 4 Mori).
- VISA INFORMATION: Visitors from some countries will need a visa to enter Italy. Official information is provided by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
- OPENING HOURS IN ITALY: Throughout the year, apart from holidays, businesses are open at the following hours:
- BANKS: Business hours for banks in Italy are from 8:20 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Banks in Italy are open from Monday to Friday.
- SHOPS: Shops in Italy usually open at 9:00 a.m. and close for lunch at 1:00 p.m. Afternoon shop opening hours are usually from about 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Most shops open on Saturdays at least in the morning. Few shops are open on Sundays. Large supermarkets and department stores are open all the week from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
- PHARMACIES: Pharmacies in Italy generally open at 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Most pharmacies are open on Saturday mornings while it is not usual for them to be open on Saturday afternoons and on Sundays. There is always at least one pharmacy in every area of the town that is open at any time (“Farmacia di turno” in Italian). A sign with the addresses of the nearest open pharmacies is always on the door of every closed pharmacy.
Pula and surroundings
The entire island of Sardinia, including the area of Pula, is covered with beautiful and interesting sites. Take some time to enjoy them and relax; while you're at it, enjoy the good food and wine too.
Here are a few places within the immediately surrounding area to get you started.
View over Pula and Nora
The town of Pula enjoys an excellent position on the south-western coast of the Golfo degli Angeli. It is an important agricultural centre which doubles its population during the summer, thanks to the number of seaside holidaymakers…
ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE OF NORA
Ancient Roman theatre in Nora
You'll find the ancient city of Nora just a few km from Pula. The archeological site is a fascinating window on life at the time of the ancient Romans and the Phoenicians. Right next to the archeological site, you'll also find its white, sandy beach. The pristine water is shallow and thus this beach is ideal for families with children.
Cagliari - port and Castello
Cagliari, overlooking the Golfo degli Angeli, is a beautiful city with ancient roots. It is the heart of Sardinia’s political, economic, tourist and cultural life. The city boasts one of the longest city beaches in the Mediterranean, but also offers a myriad of cultural attractions, excellent food and nightlife.
Chia is a seaside location just west of Pula. Here you'll find long beaches covered in fine lightly coloured sand: Spiaggia Campana, Su Giudeu, Cala Cipolla. Admire the pink flamingos that spend their days in the pond which forms just behind the beach of Su Giudeu. The area also has a lively nightlife, as the "chioschi" on the beach fill with people and music.
The Pula area also lends itself to intense but spectacular physical activity.
- You can rent a road or mountain bike in Pula and join a tour with local guides. Here are a couple of links: Pul.Sar, ProBike, and a nice bike route an old Roman road near Chia (some Italian required). Even our own Technology Park is a popular destination for mountain bikers.
- Sardinia is a "Mediterranean climber's paradise". Domusnovas, near Pula, has hundreds of bolted climbing routes, but if you're willing to move around there are a plethora of destinations. Here are some links to see some pictures and help you get you started: Climbing Sardinia; http://www.corradoconca.it
Venture a little further
If you have a car and you want to venture a little further, these ideas might interest you as well.
Pan di Zucchero
The south-western end of Sardinia - an area called Sulcis - is a mix of wild nature, a spectacular coastline, and interesting unique relicts of a long gone mining industry. Visit engineering marvels such as Porto Flavia, beautiful beaches such as Cala Domestica, or enjoy the entire coast by hiking or biking from one to the other on the local nature trail network.
There's plenty of good wine to be tasted in Sardinia. If reading this whets your taste buds, you should consider visiting some of the local wineries. Pula offer some options; venture further to towns like Serdiana, Atzara and Mamoiada (and many many other others) for more options.
Map of vineyards in Italy (find Sardinia for specific info; some Italian required)
Some suggestions from the Guardian
SEE A NURAGHE
A nuraghe (photo by A. Autiello, CC BY-ND 2.0)
Ancient dwellers of Sardinia left many reminders of the past presence - see, for instance, the Giants of Mont'e Prama, which you can see in the Arch. Museum of Cagliari. Perhaps the most visible are the "Nuraghi", which you can see all over the island.
GROTTE IS ZUDDAS
The caves of Is Zuddas open out in the Cambric limestone of Monte Meana (236 m above sea level) at Santadi, and they stretch for an overall length of around 1650 m. Of these, 500 m are visitable without any special equipment or training. Head out to Santadi, pay your ticket and follow the local guides for a walk down into the bowels of the Earth. While you're there, stop into the renown Cantine di Santadi to buy some wine and perhaps tour the cellars.
Visit Pula: Pula's tourist information portal
SardegnaTurismo: the official tourist information site of the Region of Sardinia
Visit Cagliari: the tourist portal of the city of Cagliari
Climate and weather
The climate is typical of the central Mediterranean area with mild winters and hot summers. Thanks to its geographical position, Sardinia is often refreshed by north-westerly winds with a constant breeze.
In Pula in September expect relatively hot days and warm nights: the average daytime high is 27°C, while the average low is 17°C. Some rainy days are possible, but not likely. The average sea water temperature in September for the Gulf of Cagliari is 24°C.