General Information


Conference Location and Venue

The PICAD and MeCoND conference venue is:  

Grand Hotel Palace,  305-307, Monastiriou str., 54628 Thessaloniki, Greece

Tel. +30 2310 549000  Fax. +30 2310 549149 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Thessaloniki is the second largest city of Greece, located in Macedonia, on the north of the country. In the city there are innumerable archaeological treasures to be visited (some of which are of the Byzantine period), and natural landscapes of incomparable beauty (Nea paralia).

It is a city full of activity, mainly due to the two major universities, the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the University of Macedonia, which host tens of thousands of students.

In a short distance from the city there are touristic destinations of international reputation for diverse interests: The Holly Mount (Mount Athos) in Chalkidiki, the rest of Chalkidiki with Mount Cholomonta, an area of striking natural beauty and the incomparable beaches, which attract thousands of tourists for at least six months/year, Mount Olympus and several ski resorts (Tria-pente pigadia, Kaimaktsalan, Elatohori, Lailias, Falakro) in short distances, and to possibility to experience rafting in Aggitis river. It is a unique opportunity to combine your scientific training along with your entertainment.

Thessaloniki was the European Youth Capital for 2014 and a former European Capital of Culture. Fifteen of the city’s monuments are listed as Unesco World Heritage sites. In 2013 Thessaloniki was listed as one of National Geographic’s 20 ‘Must-See’ places in the world and has been ranked 5th in Lonely Planet’s World’s Top 10 party cities. For guided tours and alternative walks of the city please see here


Travel Information

International Airport “Makedonia”

The airport of Thessaloniki is the International Airport "Makedonia", located 14 km. from the city center. You will find a selection of legacy and low-cost carriers that fly to a wide range of European cities. Aegean Airlines, Ryanair, Air Berlin and Turkish Airlines are some of the airlines with the highest frequency in Thessaloniki Airport.

For more information about the city's airline connectivity, please visit the Thessaloniki Convention Bureau's website:


You can get to Thessaloniki by using the bus No 78 or taxi. For more information visit Thessaloniki Airport and OASTH (public transportation)

Taxi Service

Taxi service in Thessaloniki is plentiful and economic. Taxi companies operate 24-hour call centers, ready to receive your order or make an advance booking for you. As a rough guide a taxi within the city will cost approximately € 5,00, a taxi to the airport will cost between € 20,00- €30,00. You can approximately calculate how much your taxi trip will cost, here.

Passport & Visa Policy
Greece is a Member-State of the European Union and has ratified the Schengen Agreement. Citizens of countries that are not Member-States of the Schengen Agreement require a visa to enter Greece and the E.U. Information about passport and visa policy:
For details please visit the 
Hellenic Republic, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & the Greek Diplomatic and Consular Missions abroad

Greece uses the European Union currency: Euro. A currency converter is available 

Greece telephone code
To call Greece, you will need to dial: International Access Code +30 plus regional code + number.

Greece is the ideal place to shop for a wide variety of products, catering to anyone's tastes and needs. Prices are very reasonable in relation to product quality and visitors will be able to find something for every kind of budget. Big shops are open Monday through Friday from 09.00 till 21.00. On Saturdays shops stay open from 09.00 till 15.00, while they are closed on Sundays.
Kiosks may stay open till 22.00 or even later.

Useful telephone numbers
-Ambulance Service: 166
-Duty Hospitals and Clinics: 1434
-Police: 100

Interesting sites in Thessaloniki

Cultural Route
No 50

Thessaloniki’s public transportation operates
the sightseeing bus No 50 cultural route. The bus
makes 16 official stops from which you can explore
43 points of interest. .


White tower

Is a cylindrical stone tower monument and museum
Constructed by the Ottomans in the 15th Century.
It is the emblem of Thessaloniki


“Umbrellas” sculpture

The sculpture which is located at the seafront
of Thessaloniki was constructed in 1997.

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