Sociolinguistics Symposium 21
The 21st Sociolinguistics Symposium (2016) will be hosted by the University of Murcia, a public comprehensive university in south-eastern Spain. It was founded in 1915 although its roots can be traced back to the 13th century.
The conference will be held in the Facultad de Letras (Faculty of Arts) and the Aulario de La Merced, located on the city centre university campus (Campus de La Merced), where the Departments of English (Filología Inglesa) and Spanish (Lengua Española y Lingüística General) are placed. The Aulario de La Merced is a lecture building with 45 seminar rooms and one lecture theatre (Aula Antonio Soler). The Campus also has another lecture theater (Hemiciclo, Faculty of Arts) and an auditorium (Paraninfo).
Coffee breaks will be provided on Campus, between the Facultad de Letras and Aulario buildings. The catering for the conference lunch breaks will be provided in Hotel 7 Coronas (12 minute walking distance from Campus).
Travel: How to get to Murcia
The Region of Murcia enjoys excellent links with the rest of Spain through a full communications network. There are two airports that connect Murcia by air directly with the rest of Spain and Europe: Murcia Airport (San Javier) and Alicante Airport (El Altet).
ALICANTE Airport (El Altet), which we personally recommend due to its better air and land transport connections, is 68 km from Murcia, 45 minutes away by motorway. Detailed information on transportation from Alicante Airport can be found on its website. There is a bus that runs directly from the airport to the city of Murcia (San Andrés Bus Station). The journey is about 1 hour and departs from the airport ALSA bus stop (Departures roadway, 2nd floor, on your right as you leave the Terminal). Ordinary tickets cost €5.22 and Return tickets are €9.40 (tickets can also be bought online or when you get on board).
Alicante airport - Murcia:
- Mondays to Fridays, at 7:15, 9:15, 10:15, 11:15, 13:15, 15:15, 18:15 and 19:15.
- Saturdays: at 11:15,13:15, 15:15, 17:15 and 19:15.
- Sundays: at 11:15, 13:15, 15:15, 17:15, 18:15, 19:15 and 21:45.
Murcia - Alicante airport:
- Mondays to Fridays, at 6:45, 8:00, 9:00, 11:00, 13:30, 14:00, 15:00, 17:00 and 20:00.
- Saturdays: at 8:00, 11:00, 13:00, 15:00, 17:00 and 19:00.
- Sundays: at 8:00, 11:00, 13:00, 15:00, 17:00, 19:00, 20:00 and 20:45.
There is a bus (Bus Route C-6) that runs from the Terminal to the city of Alicante every 20 minutes, every day of the year, stopping at the Railway and Bus stations (among other key points in the city), where you can get regular trains or buses to Murcia city as well. The journey departs from the airport SUBUS bus stop (Departures roadway, 2nd floor, on your right as you leave the Terminal).
MURCIA Airport (San Javier) is located on the northern shore of Mar Menor, at a distance of 47 kms from the city of Murcia by dual carriageway. There is no bus service from that airport to the city of Murcia, so we do not reccommend this one (it is mostly an airport for coastal tourism). A taxi must be taken to get to Murcia directly, or to San Javier Bus Station (visit ALSA and LATBUS webpages for connections with Murcia, though they are regular lines with lots of stops on the route).
Access by train from any part of Spain can be obtained through Madrid, with a daily train service, or from any part of Europe, via Barcelona. All trains arrive and depart from El Carmen Railway Station, located in the city of Murcia (tickets can also be bought online)
Madrid - Murcia trains (4 hours approximately)
- Monday to Friday: 7:30, 9:21, 12:51, 16:48 and 19:19
- Saturdays: 9:21, 14:20 and 14:48
- Sundays: 9:21, 12:51, 14:20, 16:48 and 19:19
Murcia-Madrid trains (between 4-5 hours approximately)
- Monday to Friday: 6:10, 8:38, 9:36, 12:58, 16:47, 17:35 and 19:05
- Saturdays: 8:38, 9:36, 16: 47 and 17:35
- Sundays: 9:36, 12:58, 16:47, 17:13, 17:35 and 19:05
Barcelona-Murcia trains (between 7-8 hours approximately)
- Monday to Friday: 6:25, 9:00, 12:00, 12:50, 13:25, 15:00 and 17:00
- Saturdays: 12:00, 12:50, 15:00 and 17:00
- Sundays: 9:00, 12:00, 12:50, 13:25, 15:00 and 17:00
Murcia-Barcelona trains (between 7-8 hours approximately)
- Monday to Friday: 6:30, 9:39, 15:58a, 12:58b, 13:54
- Saturdays: 6:30, 9:34 and 15:54
- Sundays: 9:34, 12:58a, 12:58b, 15:54 and 16:47
The Region of Murcia is also linked to the rest of Spain by a full road network. Albacete and Madrid can be reached via the A30 motorway. The connection with the Mediterranean seaboard through Alicante and Valencia can be made by an inland route using the E15 motorway, or by the N-332 trunk road which follows the coast starting from Cartagena. To the south it is connected to Andalusia by the A92 and E15 motorways, leading to Granada and Almería respectively.
For buses from/to Madrid/Barcelona, visit the ALSA webpage. As you will see in that page, there are buses running from Madrid Airport (Terminal 4) to Murcia:
Madrid Airport T4 – Murcia:
- Monday to Sunday: 8.45, 11.45, 13.45, 22.45, and 23.45
Murcia - Madrid Airport T4:
- Saturday: 7.30, 14.00, and 23.59
- Sundays: 1.30, 9.30, 14.00, 16.00, and 23.59
- Monday to Friday: 7.30, 14.00, 16.00, and 23.59