The ESMO congress 2020 will take place from 18 to 22 September, at the IFEMA – Feria de Madrid – in Madrid, Spain.
The European Society for Medical Oncology, short ESMO, was founded in 1975 and is nowadays composed by 500 committee members and 20 000 oncology professionals. Its ideology is based on 3 pillars, the integrated cancer care, the specialized education and the sustainable cancer care.
The ESMO Congress is one of the most influential oncology platforms in Europe for clinicians, researchers, patients advocates and journalists from all over the world. This year, the congress will present the very latest advances in oncology and translate science into better cancer patient care.
2019’s congress venue will be Madrid, the capital of Spain. It is one of the most visited Spanish cities, but has become a metropolis remarkably late, that is why visitors can still admire the small and tranquil old town center that once ruled a whole kingdom.
This historic area – undoubtedly the most interesting in Madrid – can be roughly divided into five main districts.
“El Madrid de los Austrias” is a district full of historic heritage of the 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th century. It is a very touristic area located in western Madrid and visitors will find famous buildings there, such as the Royal Palace, the “Plaza Mayor”, the “Plaza de la Villa”, the “Basilica of San Miguel” and the “Teatro Real”, the Madrid forum of the opera.
A bit further in the south the district “La Latina” can be found. It is the most vibrant and young district of the capital, visitor will find a huge number of food markets, e.g. the open-air market “Rastro”, tapas bars and cocktail bars in the streets of medieval origin.
The southeast part of central Madrid is “Lavapiés”, an old district from the 16th century. It has numerous small, traditional shops and many cozy library-cafes. Due to its charm, the district became lately a hotspot of contemporary Art. Visitors will find there the impressing “Reina Sofía” Museum, which holds Picasso’s biggest work, “El Guernica”.
The “Barrio de las letras” is probably the most famous district of Madrid, due on one hand to its central location between the “Sol-Gran Via” and the “Paseo del Arte” and on the other hand to the famous authors, who lived there, such as Lope de Vega, Quevedo and Góngora. As an homage to the authors, the district has the street “calle huertas” where quotes from literary works are engraved.
The center of Madrid’s tourist and cultural life is without any doubts the area between Puerta del Sol and Gran Vía. Visitors and locals can found there, gathering at landmarks such as the kilometer zero, statue of the bear and the strawberry tree and the statue of Charles III of Spain on horseback.
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