Workshop Location

In its 2024 edition, MARTECH is organized by the Marine Robotics team of the Systems, Robotics and Vision Group (SRV - http://srv.uib.es/ ) , born and located at the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB), in Palma de Mallorca, in cooperation with the Development Center of Remote Acquisition and Information Processing Systems (SARTI) ( Politechnical University of Catalunya).

The event will be held in the Sa Riera building, located in C/ de Miquel dels Sants Oliver, 2, 07013 Palma, (Balearic Islands). This building is in the heart of the old town and it is a representative part of the city history. This building is in the origin of the University, it forms the old campus, that currently hosts, mostly, management, administrative services and conferences.

The location of the conference site hall can be seen here:

Universitat de les Illes Balears. Edifici Sa Riera

Howerver, nowadays, the most of the courses, degrees and research activities are performed in the new and wide campus, located on Ctra de Valldemossa, km 7.5. a rural setting between the Palma districts of Son Espanyol and Sa Garriga, spanning a total area of almost 100 hectares, 52 of them forming part of a nature reserve set as an Area of Special Interest (ANEI) along the north-western boundary which is known as the foothills of the Sierra de Tramuntana.

Travel information

By Plane

Getting to and from Palma de Mallorca has never been easier or more affordable.

Palma Airport – Son Sant Joan allows visitors to arrive straight into the heart of the city. It is the primary and unique international airport in the island, facilitating in and out flight destinations o and from almost all EU and Schengen area countries, the UK, and the USA . Frequencies of flies, specially from main spanish cities, England and Germany are quite elevated, permitting a high degree of connectivity all around the world.

Son Sant Joan airport is located at 10.5 km from the conference hall. Taxi is recommended to travel from the airport to the Sa Riera Building or to the city historical quarter. However, bus number A1 also goes from airport to the city center at more affordable prices.

By Boat

Palma port: It Is located near the town certer and offers 4 daily ferry services with Barcelona, Valencia and Denia, allowing transport of passengers, either in cabins or armchairs, and vehicles. Consults availability and prices to the both companies that cover this line: Transmed (Grimaldy Lines) and Balearia, in :

TOURIST INFORMATION

Palma de Mallorca is the capital and largest city of the Spanish Balearic Islands autonomous region. It is located at the south coast of the Mallorca island by the big and beautifull Bay which shares the same name as the town. Palma was founded as a Roman camp upon the remains of a Talaiotic settlement. The city suffered numerous vandal raids during the fall of the Western Roman Empire, and afterwards it was reconquered by the Byzantine Empire, colonised by the Moors (who called it Medina Mayurqa) during almost 8 centuries and, finally, in the 13th century, became part of the Aragon crown, after being conquered by James I the King. Many remains of all these different periods are still visible and visitable, not only in Palma, but all around the island.

Main sights in Palma
Plaça d'Espanya

The Plaça d'Espanya is the transport hub of Palma since it hosts the main Train and Bus station from which one can move around the city and around Mallorca. The two old buildings at both sides of the Station are home to the tourist information centre, several cafés and the historical station from which departures the ancient railway to Soller, a train dating back to 1911 and one of the most famous attactions of the city, and of Soller, cause the trip crosses beautifull landscapes of mountains to get Soller, an atonishing village located at the Sierra de Tramuntana. At the centre of the plaza there is a statue of James I, Conquistador of Majorca.

Cathedral area and Almudaina Palace

La Seu, the Palma Cathedral was built between 1229 and 1346 over an on top of a previous mosque, which, in turn, was build on an original Christian church. The famous catalan architect Antoni Gaudí was drafted to restore the building in 1901. The Parc de la Mar (Park of the Sea) lies just south, overlooked by the great cathedral building which sits above the city's stone foundations. Side by side with the cathedral, the Palace of the Almudaina has a roman origin, but on it, an islamic Almoravide Alcazaba or citadel was erected and used during XII and XIII centuries. It was rebuild in 1309 by the Malloquian King Jaume II, and nowadays is the Royal oficial residence when spanish Kings visit the island.

Old city

The Old City (in the southeast area of Palma behind the cathedral) is a maze of narrow streets hinting at a medieval Arab, christian and jewish past. The majority are private houses, some of which are open to the public as discreet museums or galleries. The Old City is also home to the Town Hall, the Convent of the cathedral, and the Arab baths.

Arab Baths

The Banys Àrabs, or Arab Baths, one of the few remnants of Palma's Moorish past, are accessed via the quiet Ca'n Serra street near the Convent of the cathedral. The small two-roomed brick building that once housed the baths has aByzantine origin, dating back to the 11th century and it possibly was once part of the home of a muslim nobleman.

Bellver Castle

The Bellver castle is a gothic fortress located at 3 km from the old city of Palma, and it was build at the beginning of the XIV (1300-1311) by the Mallorquian king Jaime II.

This is one of the few castles in europe with a circular floor and, among them, the oldest.

Acommodations

We are unable to offer any concerted prices, we can only say that it is best to book as soon as possible.