Venue and Travel

The Venue

Porto Carras, known as Porto Carras Grand Resort, is one of northern Greece's largest and most famous hotels and holiday resorts. It is located in Sithonia, Halkidiki peninsula in northern Greece. It is in a distance of about 120 km away from Thessaloniki, the second largest city in Greece, with a major cargo port and international airport.

The luxury Porto Carras Resort is situated in an enchantingly verdant landscape in Sithonia, the middle of the three “fingers” that form the Halkidiki Peninsula. Set like a gem in 1763 hectares of incredibly beautiful grounds, it is a paradise of green fringed by seemingly endless sandy beaches – 9 kilometers of them, in fact, punctuated by more than 25 little coves where the pine trees sweep right down to water’s edge. It is worth noting that the Resort is on the same geographical latitudw as Majorca, Spain. Climatically, Porto Carras is an ideal location to visit during summer.

Port Carras Resort is one of the largest tourist resorts in Europe and came into the ownership of the Technical Olympic Group in 1999. Since 2001 the Technical Olympic Group has been implementing a major investment programme to radically upgrade and market the resort as one of Europe’s top tourist destinations.

Porto Carras Resort, was a revelation when it was built two decades ago. Today, it is the most comprehensive resort in Greece, with 4 hotels, each in a different style, a casino, an ultra-modern thalassotherapy center & spa, an international-standard 18-hole golf course, a private 315-berth marina and a convention center, plus Greece’s largest organic vineyard. The latter is one of Greece’s most modern wineries and was built amid the vineyards, capable of producing 2.500 tons of white, rose and red wine.Porto Carras has widespread international appeal, making it one of the most sought after meeting and holiday destinations in the world, which will encourage maximum delegate attendance.


With the ability to host up to 5.300 participants in more than 20 halls, the Porto Carras Resort Convention Center is the perfect place and a point of reference for conferences of all scales. The idyllic location, superb facilities and discrete security arrangments are a recipe for success, whatever the scale of the event, up to and including the European Summit.

Porto Carras was created by Yiannis Carras a Greek businessman and ship-owner. The construction works started in 1973 and, since then, brought a revolution in Halkidiki's tourism. Porto Carras Grand Resort includes two major hotels, the 5-star Meliton and Sithonia as well as Village Inn which is a bungalow-style residence. There are also 45,000 olive trees; basketball, football, tennis and golf sports areas as well as a vineyard covering an area of 475,000 m². Porto Carras is home to the biggest private Marina in northern Greece and one of the largest in South Eastern Europe as well as Thalassotherapy and Spa Center. It also contains restaurants, interior and beach bars and an estival Cinema theatre. The current owner of Porto Carras is the Athens-based company Olympiaki Techniki AE. The resort of Porto Carras is near the traditional village of Neos Marmaras; a tourist, busy on summer period town, with lots of restaurants, cafeterias and tourist shops.




Organised and Supported by

Hellenic Society of Biomedical Engineering

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

University of Patras, Greece

International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering