The International Psychogeriatric Association is thrilled to bring the 2019 International Congress to Santiago de Compostela! World Heritage City by UNESCO thanks to its monumental beauty, extraordinary conservation and as the final destination of a thousand-year-old pilgrim route: the Way of St. James. The Romanesque cathedral and the surprising richness of its contemporary architecture, designed by Eisenman, Hedjuk or Siza, surrounded by Galicia’s largest area of parks and gardens, together with several  restaurants, sixteen museums, and modern and old fashioned, shopping – there is something for every visitor in Santiago de Compostela

Visit for more information about Santiago de Compostela.

A Visa may be required for non Schegen Area citizens. For additional information, please, visit:

Official letter of invitation

Official letters can be requested and will be issued by the meeting organizers upon request. Visa invitation letters do not imply any obligation or financial engagement from meeting organizers and will not be provided in advance of full payment of registration fees.


The official language of the 2019 International Congress is English.


The average temperature in Santiago de Compostela  in September is around 73 °F maximun53°F minimum(23°C maximum, 12° minimum)


Walk the Camino

One Day Pilgrim's Way Trip: 30 August 2019 - Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Join others attending the IPA/ SEPG Joint International Congress in Santiago de Compostela, Spain on this one day guided hike.

  • · Full day, guided trip
  • · Friday, 30 August 2019
  • · Depart from Santiago de Compostela by bus at 9:00am
  • · Total walking distance 14km/ 8.7 miles (approx 3 hours of walking)
  • · Lunch and transportation included
  • · 55€ per person (includes taxes)

Experience the Pilgrim’s Way to Santiago de Compostela by walking a small part of the French trail.
At 9:00 AM you will depart from Santiago de Compostela towards Arzúa.
You will arrive there before 10:00 AM and you will start the stage that goes from Arzúa to O Pedrouzo. You will go across Galician woods filled with chestnuts, pine trees and other botanical species of the area, and you will admire some of the most typical examples of Galician popular architecture, such as hórreos and cruceiros, as you go through tiny villages located in the countryside.
At approximately 13:00 PM you will arrive to Restaurant A Esquipa (Salceda), where you will enjoy lunch.
Around 15:00 PM you will continue by bus to the outskirts of Santiago de Compostela, and you will walk the last km, finishing at Obradoiro Square, the ending point of the pilgrimage.
Upon arrival, you will also discover the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela on a guided tour of one of the most impressive constructions in the city.

Detailed Programme:

  • · 9:00 am: Departure from Santiago by Bus
  • · 9:50 am: Arrival in Arzua
  • · 10:00 am:  Start of the walk from Arzua
  • · 13: 00 pm: Lunch at the restaurant A Esquipa (Salceda)
  • · 15:00 pm: Departure by bus to Santiago
  • · 15:30 pm: Arrival at the Monument to the Pilgrim, and walk to Santiago
  • · 16:20 pm: Approximate arrival at Obradoiro Square for a tour of the Cathedral with audio-guide

Register and payment:
55€ per person (includes taxes)
No refunds allowed.

The walk does include a few steep inclines, but is set at a moderate pace. You do not need to be a skilled hiker to enjoy this walk. However, it will take place rain or shine, so please plan accordingly.
For more information, please contact the planning office at

TRANSPORTATION: How to get there

By plane:

The airport of Lavacolla-Santiago de Compostela is located 10 km away from the city centre.

Airlines operating out of Lavacolla airport:

Air Lingus, Air Europa, Air Nostrum, Easy Jet, Evelop, Gestair, Iberia Express, Iberia, Ryanair, Swiss International Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Vueling Airlines;

Lavacolla Airport provides nonstop service to the following international destinations:  Basel, Istanbul, Frankfurt, Geneva, London, Paris, apart from several airports within Spain from which to connect to foreign destinations


Daily connection by bus with the international airport of Sa Carneiro - Oporto

Airports of Alvedro-La Coruña and Peinador-Vigo are within around one hour and half from Santiago.

By train:

The train station is located at the city centre.

Long-distance: direct daily trains link up with Madrid, San Sebastian, Hendaye and Barcelona. There is as a daily service with one layover, to Bilbao and Paris, as well as nearly all of Spain’s main cities.

Regional: there are trains approximately every hour to the main destinations in Galicia (A Coruña, Vilagarcía de Arousa (beach), Pontevedra and Vigo) with connections to Portugal.

By bus:

Daily connection with the international airport of Sa Carneiro - Oporto

Rent a car:

International companies (Atesa, Hertz, Avis, Europcar, etc)


There are connections every 30 minutes to the airport stopping at the train station, the city centre and the bus station (north part of the city).

The urban transport has 22 lines all around the city, with stops every 20 minutes during working week. This service has an app for routes and timetables.

Maisbus app


Recommended hotels.

Please, contact the hotel directly indicating your attendance to “IPA 2019 Congress”, to obtain a more advantageous rate for your reservation.

Hotel / Guest house Deadline for
Room Type Rate IPA
(10% VAT incl.)
Distance to
Congress Venue
e‐mail address
for reservations
San Francisco Hotel Monumento none Double single use 170,50€ 50 m
Hotel Compostela 4* now closed
Eurostars Gran Hotel Santiago 4* now closed
Hospedería San Martin Pinario now closed
Hotel Lux Santiago 3* now closed
Hotel A Quinta da Auga 4* now closed
Hotel NH Collection Santiago 5* now closed
Hotel Nest Style Santiago 3* now closed

University Residence El Burgo.

Individual room (cafeteria in the building, breakfast not included):  20 € 

Applicants should be IPA/SEPG/APG members

Distance to congress venue: 1 km

email address for reservation:

Please indicate the following information on your application:

Date in

Date out

Name and Family Name




Accommodation Grant: We will offer a reduced number of Accommodation Grants for IPA/SEPG/APG Members.

If you want to apply for an Accommodation Grant, please, include on your e-mail a short explanation of your reasons why.

Deadline for reservations extended to: 26 July 2019

For more information about accommodations: