Symposium Location

How to get there

The hotel is situated in the cosmopolitan area of Platanias, 12km west of the picturesque town of Chania and only 30min drive from Chania Airport and can be reached by bus or taxi.

There are two international airports on Crete.  Heraklion Airport (Kazantzakis International Airport) and Chania Airport (Ioannis Daskalogiannis International Airport) and we strongly advise that participants arrive into Chania Airport for the GDSF 2015. 

Chania Airport is located 10 Km East of Chania City, on the north west of Crete.

Chania Airport is directly connected to Athens International Airport with around 10 domestic flights daily run by Olympic Air and Aegean Airlines. There are also other direct scheduled airline connections from major European cities as well as many charter flights from most European countries. Ryanair ( offer charter flights from many UK airports direct to Chania. You can travel to Chania, Crete from anywhere in the world via Athens, the capital of Greece. The distance from Athens is about 307 Km and air time from Athens to Chania is about one hour.

Alternatively, one can use the ferry-boat connecting Chania with the harbour of Piraeus (Athens).
Connection is offered by ANEK Lines and the overnight trip takes about 7 hours.

How to reach Platanias and the conference hotel

By Air

When you arrive at the Chania airport, transfer to the Conference site is possible by:
  • Taxi
  • Public bus to Platanias (KTEL):

By Boat

When you arrive at the Chania port, transfer to the Conference site is possible by:
  • Taxi
  • Public bus to Platanias (KTEL):