About Chania

Chania, with a population of about 85,000, is the second largest city on the island of Crete, and a beautiful place indeed, with a rich history and culture. It enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate, and is very popular with tourists, especially during the summer months. Its “old town” and Venetian harbour are particularly beautiful, and it is surrounded by nice beaches and picturesque villages. Visitors are expected to particularly enjoy local hospitality and good, tasty, healthy food, prepared with local ingredients and cooked according to traditional local recipes. More information can be found at:


Chania is easily accessible throughout the year from the Greek mainland (by airplane and boat) and Cyprus (by airplane). During summer time, international flights connect Chania directly to many other places in Europe and the Middle East. Some of these flights are operated by low budget airlines, making the travel to Chania quite affordable. The Chania airport is just 10 minutes away from the School venue and only 25 minutes away from the city centre (by private car; public buses take a bit longer). In addition, several low budget airlines operate flights to the Heraklion airport, which is located approximately 2.5 hours away from Chania (by car). There exist affordable accommodation options that lie within a walking distance from the venue.

Getting to Chania

By Air: Fly to either Chania Airport Ioannis Daskalogiannis (CHQ, located just 15 mins away from the School venue); or to Heraklion airport (HER, located 2.5 hours away by car).

By Sea: Travel to Chania (or to Heraklion) by ferry. Full-time students of Greek Universities are able to enjoy a 50% discount on their personal tickets regardless of ACAI-2019 participation on all ferries.

There are two main ferries that service Crete:
ANEK Lines

  • Chania Agency: Sof. Venizelos square, 73 134 Chania, Tel.No.: +30 28210 27500-4, Fax.No.: +30 28210 27505, Email:
  • Souda Agency: Souda Square, 73 134 Souda-Chania, Tel.No.: +30 28210 80050, Fax.No.: +30 28210 80051, Web Site
  • Heraklion Agency: 11 Dimokratias Ave., 71 306 Heraklion, Tel.No.: +30 2810 222481-2, +30 2810 223067/346440-1, Fax.No.: +30 2810 346379, Email:
  • Piraeus Agency: Address 22 Akti Kondili Str., 185 45 Piraeus, Tel.No.: +30 210 4197510, Fax.No.: +30 210 4114188, Email:

Minoan Lines

  • Athens Minoan Lines Agency: 59, Panepistimiou str., Athens. Tel.: +30 21 03 37 69 10
  • Heraklion Port Minoan Lines Agency: New Passenger Station. Tel.: +30 28 10 33 01 98
  • Piraeus Port Minoan Lines Agency: Gate E2. Tel.: +30 21 04 08 00 28
  • Heraklion Minoan Lines Agency: 17, 25 Afgoustou str., Heraklion. Tel.: 18175 (greek cellular phone), 80 11 17 50 00 (greek landline)
  • Piraeus Minoan Lines Agency: 6-10, Thermopylon str., Piraeus. Tel.: 18175 (greek cellular phone), 80 11 17 50 00 (greek landline)