About Heraklion

Heraklion is a vibrant Mediterranean city and the capital of the island of Crete. It is the fourth largest city in Greece with a population of about 180,000, and one of Europe’s primary tourist destinations. Its mild Mediterranean climate and wealth of monumental heritage are just some of the main attractions. Within easy reach from the city center are the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, its Museum of Natural History, and the archaeological site of Knossos, whereas a short taxi ride away is CretAquarium, Greece’s largest Aquarium and an excellent venue for learning about aquatic species and ecosystems of the Mediterranean.

Highs average 20-24oC (68-75oF) at the end of April

Around the conference venue

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 islands history. Pride of place is given to the treasures of Minoan civilisation, the entire historical course of which can thus be appreciated. Justly regarded as the home of Minoan civilisation par excellence, the museum houses the most important collection of Minoan antiquities the world over.

Archaeological Museum of Heraklion

During the visit at Greece’s largest Aquarium at a distance of 14km from Heraklion city center, managed by the Hellenic Marine Research Center (HMRC), visitors will be given the opportunity to learn about the aquatic species and ecosystems of the Mediterranean sea.

CretAquarium – Greece’s largest Aquarium