General information

Conference venue and location

The conference will take place at the following venue:

Department of Sociology,
University of Crete
Gallos Campus,
74100 Rethymno,
Crete

Accessibility

Rethymno is well-connected in terms of transportation. Participants can arrive at Rethymno either by airplane or by ferryboat from Piraeus. International flights connect through Athens or directly with the island’s Chania or Heraklion airports — there is no airport in Rethymno.

However, there are frequent flights (approximately every 45 minutes) connecting Athens to Chania served by K. Daskalogiannis airport (airport code CHQ) and Heraklion served by Nikos Kazantzakis airport (airport code HER) (60km and 80km respectively from Rethymno). During the summer months and September there are direct charter flights between the airports in Crete and most major European destinations

Information about flight schedules is available at the following websites:

Information about ferryboat schedules is available at the following websites:

Traveling within Crete is easy and relatively cheap by bus. Bus services connect all cities, towns and villages within Crete. For information on bus timetables check the bus services web site: http://bus-service-crete-ktel.com/timetable.php.

Land travels to Rethymno from the airports in Chania or Heraklion, or their respective harbors are as follows:

Option 1

Transfer by taxi costs about 80 € from Chania Airport (90 € from Heraklion Airport). However, this cost can be reduced if more than one passengers share the taxi.

Option 2

After arriving at the airport, travellers can take a taxi to the bus terminal (KTEL) in the city of Chania or Heraklion. The bus ticket from Heraklion and Chania to Rethymno is 7.60 euro. From either city, buses leave for the Rethymno bus terminal approximately every hour between 5:30 and 21:00. Cash rather than credit cards is the preferred method of payment.

Option 3

Travellers after arriving at Chania or Heraklon can also rent a car at the airport.

Map of Crete

Description of the town of Rethymno

Rethymno is built on the shores of the Aegean Sea, the influence of which is felt deeply by its inhabitants. Behind the town rise hills and mountain peaks, the highest being Vrissina, at 858 metres. It is a small city of about 25,000 inhabitants, located on the northern coast of Crete, almost midway between the two larger cities of Chania and Heraklio. Rethymno is a charming blend of old and new. At the western edge of the city’s Old Town, there is a large fortress the Fortezza – dating from the period of Venetian rule during the 16th century. It has strong walls reinforced by four bastions, and many buildings preserved within its premises. Just outside the Fortezza is the Archaeological Museum whose exhibits include finds from the Neolithic, Minoan, Hellenistic and Roman periods. Also within the Old Town there are the intricately-decorated Rimondi Fountain, the Venetian Loggia, Turkish houses with enclosed gardens and sheltered balconies, minarets, and many other buildings of historical significance.

At the same time, Rethymno offers all the modern conveniences and activities to satisfy every interest. For those who want to relax and enjoy the warm weather, there is a long ocean front sandy beach, which stretches for 12 km. There is usually fresh fish to be found in the tavernas around the picturesque Venetian harbour; there are many other restaurants and tavernas in the city offering traditional Cretan cuisine and many other types of food. There are three cinemas in the city; music clubs, pubs and cafes are also widespread throughout the city. There are many small shops with attractive merchandise and souvenirs in the Old Town as well as stores with traditional Cretan handicrafts. Despite its rapid growth and development, Rethymno has retained its traditional character. In the 16th and 17th centuries, the town of Rethymno developed a reputation as a centre of Arts and Letters and has preserved it to the present day.

The climate is temperate and Mediterranean. Summers are hot and dry with temperatures fluctuating between 28-36 Celsius. Spring and autumn are mild seasons, cooler temperatures range from 24- 30 Celsius Winter is mild with little rain and the coldest days don’t fall much below 14 Celsius.

Details and information concerning Rethymno and Crete are available through the website of the Prefecture of Rethymno at: http://www.rethymnon.gr/en/city

Catering

Light lunch, Coffee/tea and snacks will be offered for free during the conference at the Gallos Campus of Rethymno. However, participants could also buy anything extra they need at the cafeteria, on student prices.

Accommodation

The Local Organizing Committee has interceded to obtain special discount rates for conference participants. To expedite the conferee’s communication with the hotels, we give their website addresses, their e-mails and telephones, as the personnel is conversant in the English language and can help the conferees to make their reservations.

Hotel name Price* Capacity Address Distance from the venue**
1. Achillion Palace 58/70/85 72 rooms 27 Giamboudaki str. 4.4 km
2. Kyma Beach Hotel 87.50/107.50/- 35 rooms 18 A Papanastasiou str. 4.8 km
3. Petradi Beach Hotel -/40/- 50 rooms 79 Stamathioudaki str. 2.5 km
4. Palazzino di Corina luxurious suites – Traditional style hotel 85/95/125 21 rooms (standard doubles to junior suites and two maisonettes) 7-9 Damvergi str. 4.2 km
5. Jo An Palace 33/45/- 51 rooms 8 Dimitrakaki str. 3.8 km
6. House of Europe*** 26/41/- 11 rooms 4A Plastira str. 4.0 km

* Prices stated in euros for a single/double/triple room, including a breakfast. These are special prices for the conferees and subject to availability.
** Walking distances based on Google Maps Direction Search.
*** This is a University-owned and recently restored traditional Cretan mansion. The house is used to accommodate visiting university lecturers and visiting students. You can contact us for reservations zamba@uoc.gr.

The above hotels are approximately from 3 to 5 km from the University Campus and a 5-minute walking distance from the bus stop that connects the town with the Campus with buses running every 20 minutes (0.70 € tickets for students and people over 65 years old and 1.20€ regular ticket). Alternatively, a taxi will take 10-15 minutes. Taxis cost 6 € (this cost can be reduced if more than one passengers share the taxi) for down town to the Campus. Cash rather than credit cards is the preferred method of payment. For Radio-Taxi service in Rethymnon telephone 28310-23000 /24000/25000.

Map

For your information, the following interactive Google Map has been prepared containing the conference venue (green pin) and all of the above hotels (red pins). Please select locations in the box on the left and navigate the window to locate the places.

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