16th European Bat Research Symposium

Conference Venue

Tarragona Exhibition & Congress Center

Tarragona is located in the northern part of Spain, at the crossroads of the Mediterranean axis and the Ebro Valley, providing it with a strategic communications hub thanks to its road, rail and port network. The congress is hosted in the Tarragona Exhibition and Congress Center, a Palace with centuries of history. The Palace is located in the very centre of Tarragona, a city recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The city, characterized by its openness to the Mediterranean, has a wide range of attractive warm culture, leisure and nature.


Moreover, is an ideal conference venue for naturalists and scientists for several compelling reasons:

  1. Environmental Initiatives: Tarragona is committed to sustainability and environmental conservation. This aligns with the interests and values of naturalists and scientists, making it an environmentally responsible choice for hosting conferences. Tarragona has been connected to the surrounding countryside and villages by paths, some of which are as old as the city itself. In total, this citiy has identify 90 distinct roads or paths totaling 142 km, that will increase in the future (see map). One of the most ambitious enviornment initiatives that Tarragona has started is The Tarragona - GreenBelt '26 project, with the aim to promote and renaturalisation of the urban and peri-urban spaces of the Green Ring of Tarragona.

  2. Excellent Connectivity: This citiy is located 100 km from Barcelona. It is conveniently located near the national Reus Airport, which offers national and some international flights, and is also accessible from Barcelona's international airport. This makes it easily reachable for attendees traveling from around the world. But, giving the large number of scientifics, naturalists and conservationists that this conference will hosts it is possible to reduce the carbon footprint to travel to Tarragona. This city is well-connected to Barcelona by high-speed train and to other national or international cities by national rail networks.

    Barcelona Airport High-speed train

  3. Accommodation Options: Tarragona is known for being a citiy visited by tourists during the summer, and full of university life during the rest of the year. Thanks to that this citiy boasts a variety of accommodation options, including hotels, resorts, and vacation rentals, catering to different preferences and budgets.

  4. Culinary Delights: One of the most important fact during any conference is the opportunity to favour the networking between scientists and studiens, and the social life. Tarragona offers a large numbers of restaurants and bars to chat and savor the region's Mediterranean cuisine, featuring fresh seafood, locally sourced produce, and of course world-renowned wines. Many restaurants and bars are located in the old town surrounded by Roman ruins and ancient buildings. Tarragona’s trademark dish is cassola de romesco, a casserole made with a rich regional nut sauce, and atendees will could enjoy the seafood paella, as well as arròs negre (rice cooked in squid ink), grilled or fried fish, arrossejat (seafood rice simmered in fish stock), fideus rossejats (sautéed noodles cooked paella-style in fish stock). However, it will be possible to have an excelent dinner or a interesting chat with other atendees while enjoying an espectacular Mediterranean sea views. These culinary experiences can be an enjoyable aspect of any conference.

    Paella of "arròs negre" Bars and restaurants in the old town

  5. Collaboration Opportunities: Tarragona is home to several universities and research institutions, fostering an environment of collaboration and intellectual exchange. This can facilitate networking and partnerships among attendees.

  6. Recreational Activities: The excellent location of Tarragona offers numerous recreational activities, such as hiking, water sports, and cultural tours, which can provide a well-rounded experience for conference attendees during their leisure time. Tarragona is hosting one of the biggest "urban" caves. This natural and aquatic cave is still being explored and offers a 3h tour between mud, ponds, wells and, of course, water. And the least but not the least, this citiy has 14 km of coastline, giving it a mild and temperate climate all year round. September is one of the best months to engoy the citiy and its beaches.

    Urban Cave from Tarragona


Tarragona offers an enticing blend of natural beauty, historical significance, modern amenities, and a commitment to sustainability, making it an appealing conference venue for naturalists and scientists seeking a stimulating and inspiring environment for their academic endeavors.