We are delighted to welcome you in the region of Chania on the island of Crete in Greece. Chania area is one of the most appealing and worldwide popular tourist destinations of Greece.
The city of Chania is built on the area of Minoan Kidonia (3.000-2.800 BC), which according to mythology was founded by King Kydon and was one of the most important cities of Crete, as Homer mentioned. Chania is today a wonderful mixture result of Eastern and Western civilizations, a beautiful, picturesque town with a charming medieval old town, the iconic Venetian harbour, numerous old buildings, museums, churches and crafts shops, some of the most beautiful beaches in Greece, intriguing castles and a unique natural landscape. You will also understand why Cretan cuisine (widely known as Mediterranean diet) has gained worldwide acclaim. In the fish tavernas, rakadika and historic cafes, the flavours of Crete will win you over.
The small but long shaped village of Platanias where the conference will take place, is one of the most popular tourists resorts in Crete and the main tourist resort of Chania Prefecture. Located just 10 kilometres west of Chania, Platanias is ideal for people who want a seaside holiday with a busy nightlife, bars, restaurants, a large 7-kilometres long sandy beach and countless hotels. Platanias lies at the mouth of the River Platanias, which was called the Iardanos in Homer’s time. The river banks were once lined with plane trees (platania in Greek), whence the name of the area.
The conference takes place in the first days of October, an ideal season to visit Crete. The summer peak temperatures are past, but the weather is still warm enough for swimming in the sea and enjoying a dinner or a drink outdoors.