The Meeting will be hosted at Fodele Beach Hotel
, 25 km west of Heraklion International Airport
[Airport / city code: HER], at a unique location with a breathtaking view, on the exquisite sandy beach of Fodele area, birthplace of the world-wide famous painter Dominikos Theotokopoulos, well known as El Greco
Fodele Beach Hotel is built according to the Renaissance order; the rooms in the form of bungalows, spring up from gardens of incomparable beauty, forming many picturesque neighbourhoods.
Getting to Heraklion [HER]
By air through Athens International Airport 'Eleftherios Venizelos': Services to Heraklion International Airport 'Nikos Kazantzakis' are operated daily by Aegean Airlines
and Olympic Airlines
. Flights from Athens [ATH] to Heraklion [HER], take approximately 45 min.
Charter airlines operate direct chartered flights to Heraklion, daily from April to October, from major European cities.
By boat from Piraeus: Ferry services are operated daily by Minoan Lines
and ANEK Lines
. Overnight services from Piraeus to Heraklion take approximately 10 hours.
Please consult Katrea Travel Agency
) for transportation details and reservations.
Transfer service between Heraklion International Airport [HER] and Fodele Beach Hotel will be available and arranged by the organizers, for selected flights on the 23rd September 2006. The exact schedule will be announced.
For those who prefer to travel on their own, taxis are available outside the airport terminal building. Typical fares to the meeting venue or meeting hotels are around €40 (one-way).
The village comprises an oasis of freshness, especially for the hot days of summer. The village's square offers itself for relaxation and gives the chance to visitors to enjoy their coffee or lunch next to the river underneath the perennial plane trees. A bit further down the square, at Archontico settlement there is Dominico Theotocopoulos Museum of Replicas, which is housed at the alleged birth-place of the great painter. At the same settlement there is the small Byzantine church of Panagia (Virgin Mary), which is said to be the motive of Greco to get involved with hagiography. This church is built on the ruins of an older three-sectioned Byzantine church with wonderful frescos and sculptures.
Except for the developed tourist beach and the huge hotel complex, in Fodele settlement there have also developed remarkable activities in handicraft sector and pop art trade together with the rendering of services of taverns and restaurants. Significant is also the trade of local products, mainly oranges.
An area of outstanding natural beauty is the surroundings of Dominico Theotocopoulos' house and the Byzantine church in Loumbinies. At a similar area there is Galini area where there is a creek bearing waters until July, verdant with plane trees, which empties into a natural port of unique beauty - an area with rare aesthetics value and many antiquities that could be declared as a national park.
Crete is the most southern region of Greece and Europe. It is the largest Greek island and one of the largest in the Mediterranean basin. Separating the Aegean Sea from the Libyan sea it marks a physical boundary between Europe and Africa.
is one of the mildest and healthiest in Europe. On average, winter in Crete is mild and summer warm and sunny. Average year temperature is 19°C. During summer and throughout to October, expect the temperature to range from 24°C to 34°C with a mild sea breeze usually moderating the heat. Local time is +2 GMT (or +1 CET).
Diverse landscape is typical on the island. The magnificent Lefka Ori (White Mountains), Psiloritis and Dikti rise in the centre of the island. There are several fertile plateaus, with the Lassithi plateau being the most prominent amongst them. Parts of the island are split by deep gorges, such as the famous Samaria Gorge. Imposing mountains and rocky terrain alternate with a coastline full of astounding beaches, some secluded, others long and sandy, all with crystal clear waters.
Crete is also renowned for its variety of vegetation, particularly famous for olive trees, orange groves, vineyards and vegetable gardens. Medicinal herbs and fragrant shrubs -laudanum, dittany, marjoram and thyme - grow in rocky areas and the mountain picks host the ''Kri-Kri'', the Cretan goat, a protected species you might encounter wondering in the National Reserve of Samaria Gorge
This island's fertile soil and towering peaks witnessed the development of the Minoan civilization (2800-1150 B.C.)
, one of the most important in the history of mankind. The Minoans built the famous palatial centers of Knossos, Phaistos, Malia, Zakros, and others.
Another characteristic of Crete is the exceptionally hospitable, independent, and proud attitude of the locals. Walk into a traditional village and they will invite you to sit and eat with them and offer you 'raki', the local spirit. Taste the Cretan Cuisine
, which is considered as one of the world's most healthy, listen to the sound of traditional lyra playing local music
, be amazed by the scenery. Let yourself live this exciting atmosphere and experience!
Crete is an ideal resort for extending your stay for holidays!
You may check the weather forecast here
Citizens of the European Union or holders of a valid Schengen Visa
do not need a visa to visit Greece.
Citizens of the following countries do not require a visa to visit Greece:
Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica,
Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany,
Guatemala, The Holy See, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lettonia, Lichtenstein,
Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua,
Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea,
Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, United Kingdom, USA, Uruguay, the Vatican, Venezuela.
Citizens of all other countries should contact their nearest Greek Embassy or Consulate
in order to obtain information, a visa or other necessary documents for their travel.
The organizers will provide any required documents confirming participation to the meeting only
after registration is confirmed by fee payment.