Information for Visitors

The Crete Astrophysics Group is based at the Department of Physics of the University of Crete, which is located at the campus of the University at Voutes to the southwest of the city of Heraklion.


The campus is about 8km from the center of Heraklion. There is a regular bus service from the city or the airport to the University (bus #11, direction Panepistimio/PAGNH). A detailed map and driving directions are available from the Department of Physics visitor information link.

Heraklion is linked to Athens with several daily direct flights operated by Aegean Airlines. In addition in the summer period (April-October) there are several direct charter flights between European cities and Heraklion.

There is also daily ferry service from the Piraeus port in Athens provided by Minoan Lines, ANEK lines and Superfast Ferries.


There are several hotels inside the city of Heraklion which offer special rates to visitors to the University. A list of those hotels is available here. There are also several other hotels in the general area of the campus which mainly operate during the summer months.


At the ground floor of the building of the Department of Physics there is a cafeteria which offers snacks and sandwiches. In addition there is a restaurant within walking distance from the Department which offers warm meals.

The city of Heraklion offers a wide selection of restaurants offering local as well international cuisine. A list of restaurants recommended by two of our faculty is provided here.