Local Information

Conference Venue

The ADA8 2016 Summer School will take place in Chania, Greece. This ancient city is the second largest in Crete, and according to the legend it was created by the King Cydon, who was son of Hermes and Akakallis, the daughter of Minos and Pasiphae (who was the daughter of Helios, the Sun).

Chania enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate, and a pleasant weather is expected during the ADA8 2016 Summer School (15 to 25 degrees C).

The ADA8 2016 Summer School will take place at the impressive historic building of the Grand Arsenal, built by the Venetians in the 1600s just next to the old harbor at the center of the city of Chania. The building has been fully renovated and currently houses the Center of Mediterranean Architecture, including a modern amphitheater with all the required amenities, including wifi connection. The amphitheater is wheel chair accessible, as are all levels of the Center.

The venue also hosts dedicated areas for poster sessions, coffee breaks and a cafeteria.

ADA8 Chania Conference Room

ADA8 Chania Conference Room.

A large number of hotels, mostly small or “boutique” type, are available in the old town of Chania, within walking distance to conference venue. A comprehensive list, from TripAdvisor, is marked on this map. We recommend that once you make your selection, to also contact the hotel via their web site, as they often provide deals which are better than, Bookings, TripAdvisor, etc. A handful of hotels recommended by the organisers based on their own – possibly biassed – personal experience are the following:

  • Porto Veneziano Hotel, in front of the old Venetian harbour
  • Palazzo Duca Hotel, Old town
  • Porto del Colombo, Old town
  • Samaria Hotel, 4*, edge of Old town
  • Kydon Hotel, 4*, edge of Old town
  • Other hotels nearby the venue are:

  • Fatma Boutique Hotel
  • Casa Delfino
  • Monastery Boutique Hotel
  • Ambassadors Residence Chania
  • El Greco Hotel
  • Filoxenia Hotel

    The old port of Chania.

    The old port of Chania.

    The old port of Chania - looking to the see.

    The old port of Chania – looking to the see.


    The small streets of Chania.

    The small streets of Chania.

    Below you can find some meteorological information about Chania for the next few days.