The conference will be held in the town of Chania, an historic, beautiful town in the island of Crete in Greece. It is a place where 5,000+ years of recorded history and an environment of unique beauty. The conference venue, the Minoa Palace Resort in Chania in the island of Crete combines a beautiful summer resort directly on a beautiful sandy beach, with State of the Art conference facilities that will ensure an excellent blend of technical and social activities.
Blend in the Old City
Stroll along the esplanade and by the old port and find yourself lost into the network of old city alleys
Swim in Crystal-clear waters
The beach of Balos, ranked 35th among the 100 World’s best beaches, is by itself a worthy reason to visit Chania. The Falasarna beach and the Elafonisi peninsula lying at the west coast of Crete also attract millions of sea-lovers each year.
Enjoy superb local food
At palio limani don’t miss the ‘Monastiri’, a favourite hangout of the locals famous for its delicious Cretan mezes. Try some of the famous traditional dishes.
Moving towards the east bound of the city, at the hidden neighborhood of Tambakaria, the cuisine of ‘Thalassino Ageri’ will certainly surprise you. Very fresh fish and inspired kitchen served by the sea, are promising an unforgettable evening. Romance seekers may choose the impressive restaurants with lovely terraces overlooking the old-port and the Venetian lighthouse.
For those preferring to stick around the conference venue, we recommend walking to “Symposium” for an exceptional dining experience.
Don’t leave Crete without tasting…
the small but very delicious olives (known as psilelies), the wild greens and more than 100 varieties of herbs; the extra virgin-oil; the Cretan wines made from ancient varieties (including Vilana, Vidiano etc); the Cretan style bougatsa (fresh cheese pie with a taste of sugar); snails cooked in many different ways; charcuterie such as apaki; tsikoudia, a fragrant grape-based distillate that follows or precedes every meal, ‘Dakos’, a Cretan salad made with nut, tomato and myzithra (local cheese); the ‘ofto’, a traditional cooking technique for meat.
An excellent Conference Facility…
State of the art facilities, the latest audiovisual equipment, comfort, high class decoration and cutting edge design are only few words to describe the “Imperial Congress Hall”. Covering an area of 1400sqm it has a capacity of over 1500 delegates, while its ample exhibition space guarantees an outstanding technical exhibition.
Within a grand 5-star resort
MINOA PALACE RESORT & SPA is a luxury 5* beachside hotel, built within 35.000 sqm of maintained gardens. It is situated in the cosmopolitan area of Platanias, 12km west of the picturesque town of Chania and only 30min drive from Chania International Airport.
The hotel offers majestic views of its surrounding countryside and the White Mountains. To the north, it enjoys panoramic views of the endless golden beach of Chania with the shimmering sapphire blue Aegean beyond. Several in house dining options will satisfy even the most demanding.
VISA: Greece is a Member-State of the European Union and has ratified the Schengen Agreement. Citizens traveling inside the E.U. just need to display their police I.D. Card without the need of a passport. However, a passport is necessary for a number of other transactions, such as currency exchange, purchases, etc.Visas are not required by citizens of Member-States of the Schengen Agreement. Greece follows the provisions of the Schengen Agreement, which abolished controls on common internal lands, at air and sea borders and allows Member-State citizens to travel around without a visa for a short stay period of up to three (3) months. However, airlines and other carriers require a valid passport and/or police I.D. Card or other form of official identification means.
Citizens of the majority of the countries that are not Member-States of the Schengen Agreement require a VISA to enter Greece and the E.U. Visitors from these countries can obtain further information from the Hellenic Embassies or Consulates in their countries, or even from their travel agencies.
Visas are not required by holders of valid passports from the following non-E.U. countries if they want to visit Greece and remain in the country for up to 3 months (90 days) within a chronological period of 6 months:
Andorra ; Argentina ; Australia ; Brazil ; Brunei ; Canada ; Chile ; Costa Rica ; Croatia ; El Salvador ; Guatemala ; Honduras ; Israel; Japan ; Malaysia ; Mexico ; Monaco; New Zealand ; Vatican ; Nicaragua ; Panama ; Paraguay ; Saint Marino; Singapore; South Korea ; USA ; Uruguay; Venezuela.
Should you require an invitation letter to support your application for a Greek visa, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.In order to comply with Greek Immigration, invitation letters will only be supplied to attendees who have registered and paid for the Conference. If you have not paid your registration fees, we will be unable to send you an invitation letter.
CLIMATE: Crete has the mildest climate in Greece due to its southerly location and the surrounding waters. During the summer the weather is generally sunny and pleasant. The average air temperature is 20-30 ˚C during the day and 18-24 ˚C during the evening. For up to date weather reports please click on the following link:
CREDIT CARDS: All major credit cards, such as MasterCard, Visa, American Express, are widely accepted in most hotels, shops, cafes and restaurants. You should always carry photographic ID as you may be asked for this when making a transaction.
MEDICAL TREATMENT: If you become ill while visiting Crete, you can get free emergency treatment in the Accident and Emergency departments of National Health Service hospitals. However, if you are admitted to hospital as an in-patient, or referred to an out-patient clinic, you will be asked to pay or use your international insurance plan. Pharmacies are usually open from to Monday to Friday, on Saturdays and limited availability on Sundays. For more information and to find a pharmacy near you, please consult your hotel.
TIPPING: At the restaurants, most of the time service charge is included in the price of the food. It is customary, but not obligatory to give a tip of 5% to the waiter at the restaurant. In the Taxis it is not necessary to tip the driver. In the hotel it is customary to tip the bellman with 2 to 5 € for handling the luggage upon checking in and checking out from the hotel.