WEA 2006


Fifth International Workshop

May 24-27, 2006

Menorca Island, Spain

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The 5th International Workshop on Efficient and Experimental Algorithms (WEA 2006) will be held in Cala Galdana, in Menorca, one of the Balearic Islands (Illes Balears) in the Mediterranean see.


Menorca has a land area of 702 square kilometres and a coastline of 216 kilometres. The maximum distance between two points is 47 kilometres, that is, between Ciutadella and Maó. The coast of Sant Lluís, at the eastern end of the island, is the first spot in Spain where the sun rises.

Geologically the island is divided into two symmetrical but very different halves. The North, has an uneven and rugged coastline with sparse vegetation and numerous islets and reddish and dark sandy beaches. The South is made up of calcareous rock, is flat and has smooth cliffs, gullies sculpted by water and coves of white sand surrounded by pines. The highest elevation of the island is Monte Toro at 357 metres.

On the 8th of October 1993, Menorca was declared a Biosphere Reserve by Unesco. Biosphere Reserves are places on the planet where the concept of sustainable development is experimented with. That is to say, they are territories where human activity is developed in a manner compatible with the conservation of natural resources with the aim of ensuring continuation for future generations of inhabitants and visitors to the island.

For more information about this wonderful island, visit the official website of the Balearic Islands (Illes Balears) or the official website of the Menorca island's council.


The most common way of getting to Menorca is by air, arriving at the airport, which is very close to Maó. Cars can be rented at the airport, or if you want to use public transport, you can take a taxi or the bus to Maó. Once in Maó, there are plenty of connections with other buses which cover different routes on the island. There are many airlines offering frequent regular flights from a number of points, such as airports on the other Illes Balears, mainland Spain and Europe. More information on how to arrive by air can be found here.

Menorca has sea connections with Valencia and Barcelona, by means of boat and fast ferries. You can also get to the island by sea from the other Illes Balears. More information on how to arrive by sea can be found here.


From Maó Airport to Cala Galdana:

  • by Taxi:

    • Taxi company: Associació Menorquina de Radio Taxi
    • Telephone: (+34) 971367111
    • Price: 36 euros (one way)
    • Capacity: 4 people
    • Notes: You can take a taxi in the airport without previously calling the company. However, from Cala Galdana, one must call to order a taxi in advance.

  • by bus (get the Bus schedule)

    • Aeroport --> Maó (central bus station)
      • Company: Autocares Torres
      • Price: 1.5 euros/person (one way)
      • Notes: A bus every 30 minutes, from 6:00h to 22:00h approx.

    • Maó (central bus station) --> Cala Galdana
      • Company: Transportes Menorca
      • Price: 3.5 euros/person (one way)
      • Notes: Only 7 to 9 buses per day, from 8:00h to 18:00h approx. No buses on sunday. Service also to the city of Ciutadella.