Institute for Mediterranean Studies

How to reach IMS

By air

The island of Crete has two significant airports, Nikos Kazantzakis airport at Heraklion (Greek website here) and Daskalogiannis airport at Chania CHQ (Greek website here) that serve international and national flights. A third and smaller one is located at eastern side of Crete at Sitia.

By sea

The island is also served by ferries mainly from Pireus-Athens with ferry companies such as Minoan Lines, ANEK Lines and Blue Star Ferries.

By land

The transportation from Chania and Heraklion to Rethymno can be done either by taxi, or by bus which is more economic. There are two bus companies that serve the transportation to Rethymno the one located in Chania KTEL Public bus service Chania - Rethymnon and the other in Heraklion KTEL Heraklion-Lasithi S.A.

The IMS is located in the old town of Rethymno. For specific directions please see map below or Google directly.

Where to stay while in Rethymno

Below are some recommendations for accommodation.


House of Europe
(Website only available in Greek)
Relatively economic University apartments which can host professors, researchers, and graduate students.

4a N. Plastira & 28 Damvergi str.
If you'd like to make a reservation
please contact
Dr. Nikos Papadopoulos
Tel.: +30 28310 25146, 56627
Fax: +30 28310 25810
Mob: +30 6974823303
E-mail: nikos [at]
Indicate the name, country of origin, profession, arrival/departure dates, type of room.

Veneto Hotel

4 Epimenidou str.
Tel. +30 28310 56634,
+30 6932237620,
+30 6934943640,
Fax: +30 28310 56635

Fortezza Hotel 16 Melisinou str.
Tel: +30 28310 55551,
+30 28310 55552
Fax: +30 28310 54073
Jason Apartments Hotel 48 Giamboudaki str.
Tel: +30 28310 22542
Fax: +30 28310 55229
Vetera Hotel 39 Kastrinogiannaki str.
Tel: +30 28310 23844
(or +30 6972051691,
+30 6973707267)

More alternatives regarding accommodation can be found here.