Practical Information

The workshop will take place at Hotel Relax Torreruja, a charming hotel in one of the most enchanting locations of Sardinia (Italy), with a small port in red granite, the Aragonese tower, quaint seafront promenade and fascinating beaches.

Torreruja Relax Hotel

Located at Isola Rossa, a picturesque fishermen village on the Asinara Gulf, in the North of Sardinia (Italy), Torreruja is just a short stroll away from the village and seafront, it enjoys privacy and a wonderful marine view graced by the famous sunsets of Isola Rossa.

Transfers from Alghero and Olbia airports

huttles timetable on arrival day (16 May) and departure day (23 may) from/to Alghero and Olbia airports to/from the Hotel Torreruja:
From Alghero airport: May 16
From Olbia airport: May 16
1. Shuttle leaves at 11:00;
2. Shuttle leaves at 15:00;
3. Shuttle leaves at 19:00;
4. Shuttle leaves at 00:15;
1. Shuttle leaves at 12:00;
2. Shuttle leaves at 17:00;
3. Shuttle leaves at 19:00;
4. Shuttle leaves at 23:00;

To Alghero airport: May 23
To Olbia airport: May 23
1. Shuttle TBA;
2. Shuttle leaves at 10:00;
1. Shuttle TBA;
2. Shuttle leaves at 10:00;

Shuttle services are free of charge on arrival and departure days (16 and 23 May). Please book a place for you and your accompanying person (if applicable) by sending an email containing your flight details (arrival and departure) to:

Deadline to book your transfer is April 28.

If you are arriving/departing on a different day, a personalised pick-up can be arranged with the Hotel staff; please contact directly the Hotel (at: ) if you require a personalised service to enquire about costs.

If you prefer to use public transport you are adviced to plan it well in advance; see our Travel section below for information and bus schedules.

  1. How to reserve a room at Hotel Relax Torreruja

  2. Prices for NEEDS 2009

  3. Accompanying persons

  4. Travel information

  5. Public Transport

Isola Rossa can be easily reached from Olbia or Alghero airports.


How to reserve a room at Torreruja

If you intend to participate in NEEDS 2009 please make your reservation at Hotel Relax Torreruja (see prices below). This can be done downloading the booking form in [DOC] or [PDF] format, filling it in and sending it to the hotel by fax or e-mail.
The payment of a deposit will be needed for the booking of your room.

Please note that we have reserved a certain number of rooms for conference participants; these will be given on a first come, first served basis. Once these rooms are taken, it will still be possible to make a reservation, but availability is not guaranteed and prices may change (considerably). The ultimate deadline to reserve a room at the discounted NEEDS 2009 rates is the 31st March 2009.

The Hotel reservation procedure is entirely handled by the Hotel's managing company (Delphina srl), and not in the control of the Organizing Committee; please try to solve any problem directly with them in first instance.

NEEDS 2009 Rates

Rates pp
Double room
(shared with a participant or accompanying person)
470 EUR
Single room
650 EUR

The rates include Full Board accommodation (exclusive of drinks), administration charge and services, free internet facilities (WI-FI) in the conference centre and reception area.

Accompanying persons

You are welcome to take accompanying persons with you; they will get the same discounted rate as conference participants and are not subject to any conference fee. If they do not reserve at the same time as you, please make sure that they do so using the form AND give your name as a reference person among conference participants, to avoid embarassing situations.

If you come with accompanying persons (in particular children) please read carefully the booking form as some further discounts are available in this case.

If you come alone but would prefer to share a room with another participant, there is such an option; see the booking form for this.

Travel information

Isola Rossa can be easily reached from Olbia or Alghero airports.

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How to get there

Please consult Olbia and Alghero airports web pages for the most updated information about flights to Sardinia.

If you plan to fly with a low cost airline you may find useful information following the links:

If you intend to travel by ferry here a few companies travelling to/from Sardinia:

More information about travel from/to the airports will be posted on this web page in due time.

You can find addition information about Sardinia and its territory at Sardegna Turismo.

Public Transport

First time visitors often think of Sardinia as a small island. That is not so, and many locations (especially in the mountainous hinterland) are difficult to reach by public transport especially out of season (i.e. from September to June). Should you choose nonetheless to travel by public transport it is advisable that you plan your trip and obtain full train and buses timetables in advance. Public and private transport links are provided below.


Ferrovie dello Stato - State Rail Company

Ferrovie della Sardegna - Only provides local services between Cagliari and Isili, Nuoro and Macomer and from Sassari to Alghero, Nulvi and Sorso.

Buses and Coaches

ARST - Sardinia public transport authorities. ARST buses provide a fairly comprehensive transport network even to remote villages. Tickets have to be bought in advance and must be stamped on board. Tickets are available at coach stations or authorised bars, shops and newsagents. N.B.: there are no Sunday and Public Holiday services to many locations.

Long distance coaches provide connections between Sassari, Nuoro, Oristano, Cagliari and airports, the main ones are:

Logudoro Tours - 2 coach routes: one between Alghero Airport and Cagliari (stopping at Oristano and Macomer) with a timetable to match Ryan Air flights; the other between Porto Torres and Orune (stopping at a number of villages). Tickets can be purchased on board. Available also for coach hire.

Turmo Travel - Coach routes are: Cagliari/ Santa Teresa di Gallura; Cagliari/ Olbia Airport; Olbia/ Sassari; Olbia/ Santa Teresa di G.; Bonorva/ Alghero. Available also for coach hire.

Ferrovie della Sardegna - Coach and bus services organised by the Sardinian Railways. Local services are quite extensive, check the website.

Fara Viaggi - Connections between Oristano and Cagliari Airport (very cheap), Oristano and Olzai (with many stops in between), Alghero and its airport, Sassari area, Macomer and Ardauli. During the summer they provide services to main tourist areas, such as campsites and beaches, around Alghero and Oristano.

Digitur - Two routes: (1) Porto Torres/ Sassari/ Bosa/ Cuglieri/ Is Arenas; (2) Alghero Airport to Santa Teresa di Gallura stopping at major tourist destinations en-route (such as, Castelsardo, Valledoria e Costa Paradiso). The website is in Italian only, but timetables, destinations and stops are easily viewable by clicking on AUTOLINEE.

Autolinee Pani - Links are between the main towns of Nuoro, Sassari, Oristano and Cagliari with very few stops and and only 2 or 3 services per day for each route. They don't have a website, call them to find out timetables and prices. Telephone numbers for Pani office in Nuoro: 0784-36856 and in Sassari 079-236983.

Redentour Deplanu - Connections between Alghero Airport and Nuoro. The fare is 9.50 EUR and the journey takes 2.20 hours. They do not have a website but they can be contacted by telephone at the numbers +39 0784 30325 or +39 0784 31458.

Sun Lines They do not have a website, but you can click here for their timetable (Olbia/ Emerald Coast/ Palau) or for information call: +39 0789 50885.

booking form in PDF
booking form in DOC