Conference venue

ESCCA 2017 will be held in the Porto Palace Conference Centre & Hotelhoused in a former cigar factory built in 1913 that came back to life in 2005 after an extended, careful restoration. 

This business hotel is located in the industrial New Port of Thessaloniki and is easily accessed from every part of the city by taxi or bus. The Macedonia Airport is located at 14 km from the hotel and the famous Aristotelous Square in the city centre is only 3 km away. A public bus services the hotel from 05.00-midnight, every 10 minutes between 07.00-23.00 hrs. and every 15” outside these timings. The hotel will also offer a shuttle bus to the city centre (departure schedule will be announced nearer to the date).

The Porto Palace is appreciated for its facilities and great hospitality and, quote, “very clean rooms, fast complimentary WiFi everywhere in the hotel, exceptionally great breakfast buffet and very polite and eager to serve personnel”.

An alotment for guest rooms will be available. More details will be available on the Housing page in March or April.  



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At the crossroads of East and West, Thessaloniki with its uninterrupted 2300 year long history has a rich historical and cultural heritage and is a melting pot of cultures.

Built on the waters of the North Aegean sea, the city and its 1 million inhabitants are renowned for their hospitality and easy going lifestyle. It takes a walk on the "paralia" - the longest urban waterfront in Europe - to relax and feel the charm of this unique Greek city.

The city is easy to explore on foot. It takes a few hours in the city centre to turn a stroll into time travel from Alexander the Great and Aristotle the philosopher, to the inventive Romans or the pious Byzantines through to the lofty Ottomans and the cosmopolitan contemporary Greeks. Ancient Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman monuments, modern art and history museums, city neighbourhoods, open squares, vivid markets, restaurants, taverns and coffee shops, the city's waterfront, and much more - all these elements mould Thessaloniki's unique identity and reveal stories of a vibrant city of the past, the present and the future.

Some of Thessaloniki's top attractions include the The White Tower on the water front - the landmark of Thessaloniki; The Archaeological Museum; the Museum of Byzantine Culture; the Roman Monuments dating back to the early 4th century AD; the Ladadika district near the port, known for the 'local color' and the sophisticated entertainment options; the numerous Byzantine Churches of Thessaloniki, dating back to the early Christian years.

In less than a two hour drive you can reach Mt Olympos for a climb or to the emerald waters of Halkidiki for a swim; add an hour or two to your day trip and visit Vergina, Pella and Dion to admire the grandeur of the Kingdom of the Macedons.