Participants will stay at the Anargyrios and Korgialenios School of Spetses - which is a historical and cultural heritage site of the island of Spetses - in double occupancy rooms. Room sharing by same gender roommate.
The Anargyrios and Korgialenios School of Spetses, in very nice surroundings at the beach of a beautiful island. The School of Spetses is also the event venue.
Be prepared that the facilities are rather basic, the school has dormitory-style rooms and in general accommodation is in shared rooms. The School provides bath and face towels and bed linen.
Male and female participants stay on separate floors.
There is no need to bring formal clothing. The temperature in August varies normally between 25 and 32 degrees Celsius during the day. Humidity is low, so summer clothes are welcome.
In case the evenings are cool, and since conference rooms have air-conditioning, sweaters are also needed.
Don’t forget your swimsuit, beach towel and eventually your snorkel mask.
Bring foot protection for swimming: The sea contains sea urchins and sharp stones. Every year we have some "casualties" so be sure you are not the person.
Be prepared for mosquitoes, so bring anti-mosquito spray.
- Please bring your proof of studentship, this is handy for excursions.
- Wireless internet is available but limited.
- You should note that this Advanced Lecture Course is dedicated to scientific discussion and we are unable to accommodate spouses or guests.
How to reach the event
From the airport to Piraeus: travel time 1 hour 15 min to 1 hour 30 min
Χ96 Piraeus - Athens Airport Express (The bus runs 24 hours, every 20 or 30 minutes.)
Ticket price: about € 5 for only One-way trip to or from the Airport.
Where to buy: From the bus driver, all metro stations and public transport ticket outlets.
The X96 Airpost Express bus leaves directly outside the arrivals area of the airport (between doors 4 and 5). Take this bus nearly to the end of the line, at Piraeus harbour (bus stop name: Karaiskaki Square).
Then it is a short walk (towards the water) to find a large iron gate where you enter the harbour area. Look for a Hellenic Seaways ticket booth and ask them where to find your boat.
From Piraeus (Athens) to Spetses:
To get to Spetses from Piraeus you can choose to take:
- a hydrofoil (about 2-3 hrs) (the travelling time varies depending on how many stops the hydrofoil makes on the way)
- a ferry (4 1/2-5 hrs)
There are two different hydrofoil companies:
Hellenic Seaways: with 5-6 daily trips to Spetses
Euroseas-Eurofast-1: with 1-2 daily trips to Spetses
You have to make reservations in advance!
General information Hellenic Seaways ONLINE BOOKING
General information Euroseas
Try to arrive at Piraeus 30 minutes before the departure time, to allow time to purchase or pick up your ticket, and find the boat!
From Spetses harbour to the venue:
On foot: it takes about 20-30 min to walk the distance along the water - starting from the main square to the right of Dapia Harbour as you look at it from the sea.
A water taxi: takes up to around 8 people. The water taxis are very close to the hydrofoils and they sail straight to the pier of the Spetses Hotel - then you need to walk 5 more minutes along the water.
By horse buggies: the horse buggies, which take up to four people - or two people with luggage - are parked by the harbour in front of the Possidonion Hotel to the right of Dapia Harbour. Make sure you arrange the price in advance.
Spetses (Modern Greek: Σπέτσες, Katharevousa: Σπέτσαι, Spetsai, Ancient: Πιτυούσσα, "Pityoussa") is an affluent island and a municipality in the Islands regional unit, Attica, Greece. It is sometimes included as one of the Saronic Islands. Until 1948, it was part of the old prefecture of Argolidocorinthia, which is now split into Argolis and Corinthia. In ancient times, it was known as Pityoussa, and later as Petses.
The island is now an independent municipality (pop. 4,027), with no internal boundaries within the municipality. The town of Spetses (pop. 4,001 in 2011) is the only large settlement on the island. The other settlements on the island are Moní Agíon Pánton (pop. 0), Ligonéri (4), Ágioi Anárgyroi (18), Kouzoúnos (4). Also part of the Municipality of Spetses are the islands of Spetsopoula, Falkonera, and Velopoula (all uninhabited). The municipality has an area of 27.121 km2
An unusual aspect of Spetses is the absence of private automobiles in the town limits. The most common modes of transport are walking, horse-drawn carriages, bicycles, mopeds, and motorcycles. Only taxis and delivery vehicles are allowed in the downtown area. Ferries and high-speed hydrofoils arrive regularly from Piraeus. Trails encircle the island and total about 25 to 30 km. Beaches closest to the town of Spetses include: Agios Mamas in the center of town; and Kaíki (previously College) beach 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) to the northwest and Agia Marina 2 kilometers (1 mile) to the south, both of which offer water-sports. Public buses serve beaches further outside town, including Zogeria, Agioi Anargiroi, and Agia Paraskevi.
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Medical Services in Spetses
The Clinic - The Health Centre of Spetses is located in Dapia area (nearby Agios Theodosios temple).
Contact Number: (+30) 22980 72472
The clinic is open from 07:00 – 15:00 Monday to Friday. Walking wounded should make their own way to the clinic for treatment whenever possible. Doctors Hours: 08:00 – 14:00
There are x-ray facilities so bone fractures etc., can be identified and then stabilized before the patient is taken off the island to one of the larger hospitals on the mainland.
Out hours emergencies or non-walking wounded, phone the clinic first and if necessary, a doctor will be sent to you or arrangements for you to meet in the clinic will be made.
Alternatively, if possible, the ambulance will be sent for you. There are out of hours telephone numbers printed on the door of the clinic.
Chemists and Pharmacies
There are two pharmacies on Spetses with pharmacists that speak English fluently and are able to help you with advice for non-emergency treatment, if you don't need to visit the hospital or doctor. They stock a wide range of medicines and medical supplies and are happy to translate instructions. It is possible to buy antibiotics from the pharmacies in Greece without prescription and if you know what you normally have in your home country, they are normally able to find the alternative brand name in Greek.
They are very knowledgeable when it comes to diagnosing minor ailments.
Doctors’ Contact Numbers
Spiratou Helen (+30) 6942271411
There are a few private doctors for specialized ailments, but not all are based on the island permanently. These visiting doctors include a pediatrician and an orthopedic surgeon.
There is also an excellent permanently based physiotherapist, named Vagelis Mytilineous.
Any contact details and directions can be obtained from one of the two local pharmacies.
There are two main dental practices on Spetses. Surgery hours 9am – 1pm and 5pm – 8pm. Approx. €45 Euros to make or replace a filling and the same to repair a broken tooth.