Useful info – ICSO 2016 | Barritz, France | 18-21 October


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Monday 17 October
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Tuesday 18 October
from 08:00 to 18:00


Wednesday 19 October
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Thursday 20 October
from 08:30 to 18:00


Friday 21 October
from 08:30 to 12:00

Important dates

Opening of the abstracts submission
18 January 2016


Abstract Submission Deadline
30 April 2016 16 May 2016


Notification to Authors
June 2016


Registration opening
6 June 2016


Early Registration Deadline
5 September 2016
8th September 2016


Final Papers Due
8th September 2016


ICSO 2016
18 - 21 October 2016

ICSO 2016 Secretariat

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81710 Saïx - France
Tel.: 33 (0)5 63 72 30 68
Fax: 33 (0)5 63 72 30 32

Useful info


By plane

Biarritz-Anglet-Bayonne international airport is 5.5 km from the center of Biarritz. From the airport, you can get to the center of Biarritz using the bus Chronoplus n14. The trip takes about 15 minutes and costs 1 euro.The city centre is easily reached by taxi (taxi rank outside the arrivals hall). You can also hire a car from one of the many vehicle hire companies represented at the airport.

The next closest airports are the one of San Sebastián/Hondarribia (36 km away) and the one of Bilbao (148 km away). There isn’t any direct transport from any of them to Biarritz.

Airport shuttle service
Departures every 20 minutes between the airport and Biarritz. 
Phone: +33 5 59 24 26 53 >> Chronoplus

Taxis are parked outside the arrivals hall on the ground floor of the airport.
Phone: +33 5 59 03 18 18

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By train

The train station of Biarritz is located 3km outside of the city center, at the Allée du Moura. For more information: Website

The local bus service operated by Chronoplus offer buses connecting the train station with other parts of Biarritz.

The high-speed line (TGV) between Paris and Hendaye stops in Biarritz, taking around 5 h 20 min. There are also regional train services along the Basque coast.

If you are going to or coming from Spain, you will probably have to change trains in Hendaye.


By Car

Biarritz is served by the A63 and A64 motorways (exit 4).



Explore the Basque Country : Top Things to Do & See


port-vieux-beach Biarritz

Known for its famous beaches, therapeutic water and a thriving surf scene, Biarritz offers visitors a unique atmosphere.. It’s a place where posh restaurants and spas live harmoniously side-by-side with laid-back pizza joints and surf shops. When Empress Eugenia, wife of Napoleon III, built her palatial summer residence next to the sea, Biarritz was forever changed. The small whaling town transformed into a trendy spa and holiday destination for France’s elite. Today the town is full of grand summer houses and has an up-scale feel to it. However, the atmosphere in Biarritz has been balanced off by a laid back surf culture that has deep roots in the area. This interesting contrast forms part of Biarritz’s identity and adds to its charm.

Biarritz has 6 km of beaches ("plages" in French) and is therefore a popular summer holiday destination. Its beaches are characterized by fine sand and large amounts of seaweed. The seaweed adds iodine to the water which is known to have beneficial effects on the body. These healthy properties of the water are the reason for the popularity of thalassotherapy (the medical use of sea water as a form of therapy) resorts in Biarritz.


Get In & Around

Once you are in Biarritz, most places are reachable by foot. If you want to go from one end to the other, then you can use the local bus service, operated by Chronoplus (



Located at the northernmost point of the French Basque Country where the Nive and Adour Rivers meet, is the urban center of Bayonne (“Baiona” in Basque). Although the city is not very large, it comprises part of the overall BAB cosmopolitan area which consists of neighboring Anglet and Biarritz (8 km away).  A stroll along the Nive River which separates the two main neighborhoods of the city, Grand Bayonne & Petit Bayonne, is both beautiful and relaxing. The buildings are decorated in a lovely mixture of Basque and French architecture, each adorned with colorful wooden shutters. Both sides along the water are lined with bars and restaurants and make for great places to stop and take in the most beautiful views of the city. Because of Bayonne’s commercial importance and its close proximity to Spain (aprox. 30 km away), the city features many fortified structures. Most of the original wall that surrounded the city is gone but it is still possible to see some of the remnants when wandering through its streets.


Saint Jean de Luz

What was once the center for Basque corsairs in the 17th century has now become an easy going beach resort town. Saint Jean de Luz sits on a gentle, crescent-shaped bay with fine sand and has an old town that is filled with colorful timbered Basque houses. It is the perfect place for families or couples who are seeking to relax in the sun while experiencing the charm of a gone-by era.

Although Saint Jean de Luz is located a mere 20 minutes away from Biarritz and both are famous beach resorts, the atmosphere in St Jean de Luz is completely different, somehow more relaxed. It is busy but not overcrowded, beautiful but not overly luxurious. There are large beautiful Basque houses that form the old part of the town. Many of the buildings date back to the 17th century, a time when Saint Jean de Luz was one of the most important fishing ports of France. The 17th century was also a time of transition in St Jean de Luz, when the main economic activity changed from fishing to what was essential piracy, when it became a base for Basque corsairs.


Get In & Around

Once you are in Saint Jean de Luz, most places are reachable by foot. However, it may be useful to know that there is a shuttle bus, called Itzulia, that connects Saint Jean de Luz with the neighbor town of Ciboure all year around. The ticket costs €1.



If you could only visit one village in the interior of the French Basque Country, it would have to be Espelette. Its picture-perfect streets are lined with traditional Basque houses, many of which feature Espelette’s number one export, the Piment d’Espelette ("Espelette pepper"). These drying peppers proudly dangle from lines that are attached to the facades of the houses, creating the symbol of the entire village.

Espelette (Ezpeleta in Basque) is a quaint village in the interior of the Labourd province and is best known for its dried red peppers known as Piment d’Espelette. It is a pleasure to stroll down its streets and take in the unique scenery that is formed by the pretty houses with drying peppers hanging from the facades and balconies. The village has many stores and boutiques selling not only the famous peppers but also many more local products such as chocolate and cheese.

While Espelette is overall a very relaxing place, it can sometimes get a little crowded, especially during the high season in the summer and on holidays. But the air is still fresh and the views are awesome. There is a reason why so many visit this place – it’s just so charming.


Local Products & Local Dishes

  • The two most typical products from Bayonne are chocolate and Bayonne Ham, both of them have been produced in the city since the Middle Ages.
  • Dried red peppers from Espelette.


pelota-mano-smallBasque Sports

The variations of pelota are the most common. Pelota is similar to racquetball and is played with a ball (call a pelota) which is hit against a fronton (wall). The most popular form of pelota is also the most minimalistic, called pelota mano and is played without a paddle or racquet. Only the hand is used to hit the ball against the wall.

The most popular Basque sport is also the most simple. Pelota mano, which means hand ball, is a type of pelota vasca (Basque ball) that is based on players whacking a hard ball against a wall, called a fronton, with little more than their hands. The game is played throughout the Basque Country by young and old alike and has a large following of both players and spectators.

Another noteworthy form of pelota is called cesta punta (basket tip). Players wear a curved basket on their hand and compete in what has been described as "the fastest game in cesta-punta-smallthe world." The pelota that is used in cesta punta is 3/4 the size of a baseball, harder than a golfball and travels up to 170 mph (273 km/h).

There are a few things that can be found in every Basque village or city and an outdoor fronton is one of them. Even the smallest village has at least one fronton, and in cities it is possible to have a fronton in each neighborhood. There are also many indoor frontons that are used more often for professional matches. Many of the professional matches are broadcasted on Basque TV stations.






The climate in the Basque Country is mild with clearly defined seasons. For the most part, it doesn’t get extremely cold in winter and summer is comfortable. The weather in the Basque coast is quite moderate due to the ocean breeze. Some areas on the coast are more susceptible to rain.




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