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Spain – CRIP

Centre de Restauració i Interpretació Paleontològica (CRIP) (Els Hostalets de Pierola, Barcelona, Spain)
Torre del Senyor Enric (Els Hostalets de Pierola, Barcelona, Spain)
Montserrat Mountain (Els Hostalets de Pierola, Barcelona, Spain)

About half of the courses are held at the premises of the CRIP, in the lovely town of Els Hostalets de Pierola, in Barcelona province. This town is located at 40 km from Barcelona centre (one hour and a half by public transport).

Located near Montserrat Mountain, and in the middle of vineyards, the 2,000 thousand people town of Els Hostalets de Pierola provide an incomparable framework for research, networking, and enjoying the countryside of Spain. Moreover, it is famous between palaeontologists by its Miocene fossils sites that have provided about 60,000 fossils, and between them, some new species of primates that have shed light into the evolution of Hominids.

Why there:

We organize some courses in this small town because we want researchers to focus during one week only in the content of the course, with no distractions. Moreover, this isolation, and the quietness of the place, promotes networking and interactions between participants, including instructors.

Where to stay:

In Els Hostalets de Pierola participants have the option to stay together at the Youth Hostel Can Roviralta (check Accommodation in the course webpage), having the opportunity to keep discussing during dinners, and to enjoy some time together having a barbecue or visiting regional wine cellars. This option is strongly recommended.

Please be aware that from the centre of Barcelona city it takes about one hour by car and one hour and a half by public transport to arrive to Els Hostalets de Pierola.

Other options of accommodation nearby Els Hostalets de Pierola: Hotels en Igualada and Hotels in  Martorell.