The Orthodox Academy of Crete is a public welfare institution in canonical relationship with the Holy Metropolis of Kisamos and Selinon; it operates under the spiritual auspices of His All Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople. The OAC is administered by a 10 member board under the presidency of His Eminence, the Metropolitan of Kissamos and Selinon Amphilochios.

The basic mission of the OAC is the dialogical witness and the liturgical ministry of Orthodoxy in the modern world; therefore it is devoted to the cultivation of the spirit of dialogue between Orthodoxy and other confessions and religions, and also between faith, science and culture. Inspired by the platonic tradition of symphilosophein (co-philosophising), the OAC aspires at being a place of dialogue and spiritual exchange in service of God and the human person.

The OAC:

  • organizes and hosts local, national and international conferences on its own initiative or in cooperation with Churches, universities or other organizations
  • develops various programmes and activities of educational and / or practical character
  • produces scientific work in the fields of theology and environment

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By airplane: Please check here for airlines that fly to Chania. The airport code that you should try to get to is CHQ (Chania). Another airport on Crete is HER (Heraklion) but that is about 2.5 hours drive from Chania.

Usually you will need to fly via Athens (ATH) to get to Chania. Expedia is quite good at scheduling flights. Aegean Airlines is an excellent Greek airline and a Star Alliance partner. Olympic Air is another option.

Charter flights might be in operation from your country. Crete Travel maintain a relatively up-to-date list of European charter companies. Examples of charter flights are EasyJet from LondonNorwegian from NorwayThomas Cook and Condor from Germany.

From Brussels to Chania, you can fly with Jet Air Fly or Aegean or Ryanair (from Charleroi). Ryanair announced cheap flights from Athens to Chania (starting from 12€ excluding taxes), too.

Good page for doing a fuzzy search ‘My Country’ -> Chania: This guide app could be useful, too.

The scheduled flights with Aegean Airlines might end up to be cheaper. The stop in Athens can be a bit inconvenient, but it is one of the nicer airports in the world. Not too large, with a lovely Greek restaurant called “Olive Tree” in the top level next to MacDonald’s. On the other hand, if your layover in Athens if very long, you could consider a trip to Athens Center to see the Parthenon and the outstanding Museum of Acropolis.

By boat from Pireaus: Daily from 21:00 exists luxury passenger ferries and speedboats departing from the port of Piraeus to Chania . The journey by boat is approximately 10 hours. You can book your ticket on-line from

The port of Pireaus can be easily reached through regular trains and buses connections from the Athens International Airport.


Crete is the place where myths look like history and history is like a myth. From the distant past to the present day, every place on the island has a short or long story to tell.

"There is a land called Crete, at the sea, which is like wine.
It is very rich, surrounded by sea, very beautiful.
It has ninety cities,
countless people live on it
and they speak a mix of many languages.
Crete raises Acheans, real Cretan men with brave hearts, Dorians, who live in three tribes,
Kydons and noble Pelasgians".
The Odyssey, Rhapsody Τ (172-177) (Translation into modern Greek: N. Kazantzakis & I. Kakridis)

Chania in Crete is located on the westernmost side of the island. Although some places have developed in tourist resorts, most beaches and villages in Chania keep their authentic style. The northern side is more developed and lined up with luxurious tourist resorts and organized beaches. This is where the most popular beach villages of Chania are found. On the contrary, the southern side is secluded and more traditional, with small seaside villages and unorganized beaches.

Due to the long history and rich culture, the region of Chania keeps evident its traditional architecture. A walk in the Old Town with the intense Medieval architecture is a walk back in time. The Venetian port of Chania Town is the most characteristic spot of western Crete. Holidays in Chania combines relaxation in amazing beaches, historical visits and experience of authentic life. Source:

Excursion to Knossos

Knossos was undeniably the capital of Minoan Crete. It is grander, more complex, and more flamboyant than any of the other palaces known to us, and it is located about twenty minutes south of the modern port town of Iraklio.

Knossos was inhabited for several thousand years, beginning with a neolithic settlement sometime in the seventh millennium BC, and was abandoned after its destruction in 1375 BC which marked the end of Minoan civilization. The first palace on the low hill beside the Krairatos river was built around 1900 BC on the ruins of previous settlements. It was destroyed for the first time along with the other Protopalatial palaces around Crete at 1700 BC, probably by a large earthquake or foreign invaders. It was immediately rebuilt to an even more elaborate complex and until its abandonment was damaged several times during earthquakes, invasions, and in 1450 BC by the colossal volcanic eruption of Thera, and the invasion of Mycenaeans who used it as their capital as they ruled the island of Crete until 1375 BC.

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