10th International Conference on Instrumental Methods of Analysis About Heraklion Heraklion is the largest urban centre in Crete with approximately 150,000  inhabitants, the capital of the region and the economic centre of the island.  The town enjoys of a dynamic and imaginative combination of natural  beauty, climate, strategic positioning, cultural heritage and scientific  background that has created an environment which generates added value to the broader entrepreneurial activity in the region and stimulates the local economy. Heraklion is the top choice for tourist destinations in the  Mediterranean thanks to its strategic geopolitical position connecting three  continents and many different cultures, furthermore the city is also the  commercial and scientific centre of the island. If you begin a walk around Heraklion, starting at the fishing harbour close  to the modern port, what will strike you first is the Venetian fortress at the  harbour gate. The fortess was originally built by the Venetians and called  Rocca al Mare or Koules. It has a mixed history; for centuries it was used  as protection against invaders, as were the great city walls and ditches.  These are among the longest city walls in Europe. The harbour itself is  home to brightly coloured fishing boats and busy tavernas selling fresh fish. Looking back towards the city you will see the strong arches which housed  boats under repair and were used as an arsenal for storing guns and  gunpowder. The greatest threat to the Venetian stronghold of Heraklion, or  Candia, as it was named, was thought to come from the seaward side of  the city, and indeed, many naval skirmishes were fought off this coast. The  view northward takes in the uninhabited island of Dia, where evidence of  ancient Minoan settlement (approx 2700-1450 BC) was found by the diver,  Jacques Cousteau. The centre of the Minoan civilisation and capital of Minoan Crete, Knossos,  lay 5km south of Heraklion. Knossos flourished for approximately two  thousand years. It had large palace buildings, extensive workshop  installations and luxurious rock-cut cave and tholos tombs. As a major  centre of trade and the economy, Knossos maintained ties with the majority  of cities in the Eastern Mediterranean. Heraklion is a lively shopping city with a lot of shops within walking  distance. It offers an exciting mixture of modern shops, stock houses,  pedestrian areas and galleries. Crete has one of the oldest and most tasty  gastronomic traditions in the world, a tradition of tastes, aromas,  ingredients and skills which begin from the prehistoric years and continue  until today. Heraklion is one of the liveliest cities of Greece. You can find something for  everyone. Nightclubs, bars, traditional coffee shops and modern cafeterias  are located all over the center of the city. Lions Square, Freedom Square  and the streets around them are full of bars, cafeterias, tavernas and  restaurants. The coastal area of the city is also a place to visit with  nightclubs and tavernas beside the sea. Close to the centre of the city, one in the east and the other in the west, two well organised clean long  beaches offer a great experience under the Cretan sun. 10th International Conference on Instrumental Methods of Analysis - IMA 2017 17-21 September 2017, Heraklion, Greece Modern Trends and Applications 10th International Conference on Instrumental Methods of Analysis 10th International Conference on Instrumental Methods of Analysis - IMA 2017 17-21 September 2017, Heraklion, Greece Modern Trends and Applications