Crete, the fifth largest one in the Mediterranean Sea, is the largest island in Greece with 1,100 km of coastline and approximately 600,000 inhabitants. Here, you can admire the remnants of brilliant civilizations, explore glorious beaches, impressive mountainscapes, fertile valleys and steep gorges, and become part of the island’s rich gastronomic culture. Crete is, after all, a small universe teeming with beauties and treasures that you will probably need a lifetime to uncover!
Just 25 km east of the Heraklion, Hersonissos is the most cosmopolitan place of Crete. It is 24 km away from the airport of N. Kazantzakis [Airport / city code: HER] and 26 km from the port of Heraklion.
The seaside town Port of Hersonissos is quite busy all year round. Half of the shops and hotels are open throughout the year, in contrast to the rest of Crete where many hotels and restaurants are open only during the tourist season of April-October.
Hersonissos city consists of several small villages and the main tourist destinations of Port Hersonissos, Anissaras and Old Hersonissos. These villages are Koutouloufari, Piscopiano, Anissaras, Potamies, Avdou, Gonies and Kera.
The variety and extent of Hersonissos coastline make it possible for bathers to enjoy an infinite number of different places to swim, all of them lapped by warm, crystal clear water.
The harbor of Hersonissos is famous for its night life as there are many bars, restaurants and taverns next to the beach.
Sights & places you should see
Knossos PalaceThe centre of Minoan civilisation and capital of Minoan Crete lay 5km south of Heraklion.The Palace of Knossos is connected with thrilling legends, such as the myth of the Labyrinth, with the Minotaur, and the story of Daidalos and Ikaros.
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
The Heraklion Archaeological Museum is regarded as one of Europe's most important museums. The museum brings together archaeological finds from all over Crete, covering over 5500 years of the island''s history.
CretΑquarium is an expert in presenting species and ecosystems of the Mediterranean, offering 60 tanks of different sizes, containing a total amount of 1,700,000 litres of sea water. It is home to 2000 sea animals, 200 different species found in the Mediterranean basin.
SpinalongaSpinalonga is a small island near Elounda in East Crete. Spinalonga is also known as the Leper Island, as that is where lepers from Crete and the rest of Greece were quarantined until 1957.
Crete is very popular and cosmopolitan island especially during the summer months which is considered to be at the peak of the tourist season in Greece.
In cooperation with CCBS Greece, a full-service destination & event management company and professional conference organizer, we have selected and are recommending hotels in various categories, based on the distance from the venue and that we have established reasonable prices exclusively for the UACE2019 participants.
How to get there
How to get to Crete
Crete's distance from mainland Greece is roughly 160 kilometers.
During the period of the Conference, the “Nikos Kazantzakis” Airport of Heraklion (Distance 20 Km from the Conference venue) is linked with more than 50 European airports with direct regular and charter flights.
“Kazantzakis” Heraklion Airport is linked directly with “Eleftherios Venizelos” airport of Athens, the “Makedonia” airport of Thessaloniki, the “Diagoras” airport of Rhodes and with the airports of many Greek islands. The flight from Athens to Heraklion takes approximately 45 minutes.
The port of Piraeus (Athens) is linked daily to Heraklion and sailings take about 8 hours on standard ferries. These overnight ferries arrive at their destination between 5.30 and 6.30 in the morning.