B) Iraklio / IMBBC and HCMR


Host Institute:

Ιnstitute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology and Aquaculture (IMBBC) - Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR)



Hotel Astir Beach
Gouves, Heraklion, 70014, Crete, Greece
Tel: +30 28970 41141, +30 28970 41142
Fax: +30 28970 41143




It takes approximately 15 minutes to walk from the Hotel to the Institute.

All food (breakfast, lunch, dinner) and accommodation costs are included in the registration fee for non-local students. 

The island of Crete is the largest of the Greek islands and separates the Aegean from the Libyan sea.

Crete forms a significant part of the cultural heritage of Greece and retains its own local cultural traits (such as its own music and  dialect). 

Heraklion is the largest city and the capital of Crete.

Crete was the center of the Minoan civilization (approximately  2600–1454 BC), the oldest Greek and European civilization. 

The Knossos  palace, one of the two most important Minoan sites on the island, is located in the outskirts of Heraklion. 

The archaeological museum in Heraklion contains some of the most important treasures of minoan culture such as the Phaistos disk.

Apart from numerous magnificent beaches Crete is characterized by a  very diverse landscape and three high mountain ranges (all rise to  above 2000 meters from sea-level), that provide excellent hiking  opportunities and views on spectacular gorges such as the Samaria  Gorge.
Among the most famous sons of the islands are the writer Nikos Kazantzakis, the painter El Greco and the poet Odysseas Elytis
(Nobel Prize in Literature). Famous musicians are Nikos Ksilouris and his brother Antonis Ksilouris (also known as Psarantonis).




The Ιnstitute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology and Aquaculture (IMBBC) of the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR) is located about 15km east of Heraklion airport which is the main airport of the island.

The Institute is located right next to the Cretaquarium in a small sea-side town called Gouves


By plane:

From Europe:
There are three options:

  1. Change planes at Athens airport, there are about 10 daily flights from Athens to Heraklion.
  2. Since the touristic season will already have started in May there is a good chance to find a direct non-stop charter flight to Heraklion from many central European countries.
  3. Easyjet offers direct nonstop flights from London.


Getting from Heraklion Airport to Gouves:

HCMR map can be downloaded here.

How to get from Heraklion Airpot to IMBBC/HCMR - CRETAQUARIUM at Gournes.



There is a bus schedule aprox every 30 min from Heraklion Airport to Gournes.
Routes to Ag. Nikolaos, Malia, Hersonissos, Sitia, Ierapetra are the ones you should take. (ask for a stop near by the Cretaquarium or the Hotel)
Detailed bus timetables can be viewed online at (this is the 2013 summer timetable with departures from Heraklion port - it usually takes 5-10 minutes from the port to the Airport)
Heraklion Main Bus Terminus = tel.: +30 2810 246530
Ticket price (2011) = 1,70 euro (one way)
Travelling time = aprox. 30 minutes



By following the special brown information signs "CRETAQUARIUM", posted on the national road and several minor roads linked to it.



Lastly, those who prefer to come by taxi but couldn't find any available at the Airport Heraklion, could call
Heraklio radio taxitel.: 2810 210102 -168 -146
Candia radio taxi tel.: 2810 361362 -3 -4

Indicative taxi fare:

Extra taxi charges:


Taxi trips after midnight will cost 2-3 EUR more per trip.


You can also book a taxi on-line via - (contact tel.: +30 6937 333 730)
When making your booking, you must mention the phrase "ELKETHE - HCMR" (Host Center) and your destination (e.g., Astir Beach Hotel)
You will get a special discount fare and pay a fixed prize of 25 EUR from the airport to the Hotel at Gournes (including taxes and airport & luggage charges).

There are no extra charges for after-midnight transfers or delayed flights.

After filling in the online form, you should receive a confirmation e-mail within 2-10 hours, with all required information.

All taxis are Mercedes with English-speaking drivers.