EDBT 2004
March 14 - 18, 2004
Heraklion - Crete

Conference Secretariat:
Ethnikis Antistaseos 116, 71 306
Heraklion Crete
Tel : 0030 2810 333 420 , or 0030 210 74 99 313
Fax: 0030 2810 333 430, or 0030 210 77 05 752
Contact Persons:
Ms. Georgia Katerinou : georgiak@triaenatours.gr or
Ms. Maria Papadaki : mariap@triaenatours.gr or crete@triaenatours.gr

General Information

Crete is one of the 13 regions of Greece and at the same time the southernmost district of the European Community. It is the biggest island in Greece and the second biggest (after Cyprus) of the East Mediterranean. It lies at the Southern Aegean Sea and at the crossroads of three continents Europe, Asia and Africa. Crete covers an area of 8.336 sq.kms. The length of the island is 260 km, but the shore-length is 1.046 km. The biggest width is 60 km from the Dion cape to the Lithinon cape, while the smallest is 12 km and is called "Isthmus of Ierapetra". A high mountain range crosses the island from West to East, formed by four different groups of mountains.
To the West the White Mountains ("Pahnes" - 2.452 m), in the central part of the island the mountain ranges of Idi ("Psiloritis" - 2.456 m) & Dikti ("Dikti" - 2.148 m) and to the East the mountain range of Sitia ("Afendis Stavromenos" - 1476 m). These mountains gifted Crete with fertile plateaus like Lassithi, Omalos and Nidha, caves like Diktaion and Idaion cave, and gorges like the famous Gorge of Samaria.
Crete has a long history that goes back to the Neolithic times. It is however known for the Minoan civilization the flourished from 2600 to 1100 B.C. The island is full of relics of the Minoan ages the most famous being the palaces at Knossos and Faistos.
Crete is divided to four prefectures: Chania, Rethymno, Heraklion, Lasithi. The capital of the island is the city of Heraklion.


The climate in Crete is temperate. The atmosphere can be quite humid, depending on the proximity to the sea. The winter is fairly mild and tolerable. Snow fall is practically unknown to the plains, but quite frequent in the mountains. During summer, average temperatures are in the high 20's-low 30's (Celsius). Probably the best time to visit Crete is spring and autumn.


Crete has two of the most important ports of the East Mediterranean Sea, the port of Heraklion and the port of Chania (Souda). The island is connected with mainland Greece and quite a few of the Aegean islands, Europe and the rest of the world with a large number of passenger ships (ferry-boats) and freighter ships.
There are also two smaller ports in Rethymno and in Agios Nikolaos. Information on ferries are presented to http://www.minoan.gr/ and http://www.anek.gr/ .

There are two international airports operating in the island in Heraklion and in Chania. The island is connected with most of the airports in Greece, many European countries and Cyprus, with regular or charter flights. Companies that operate regularly on these airports are Olympic Airways, Aegean, Cronus and Transavia (with direct flights from Amsterdam to Heraklion)
http://www.aegeanair.com/, http://www.olympic-airways.gr/)
The main road in Crete is the national road that follows the north seashore of the island from East to West. This is a fairly good road that handles most of the traffic of the island. The rest of the roads range from smaller asphalt roads to all kinds of dirt roads.



The conference will be held at Candia Maris Hotel.