The island of Cres is located in the Kvarner Bay and is separated from the island of Losinj by an artificial canal built by the Romans. The southern part of the island of Cres is covered with rocks, while the other half has a lot of pine and oak forests. Cres Island will surely amaze you with its calm and originality.
1. Hotel Zlatni Lav Cres - Martinšćica is small romantic fishing village in the south east of the island Cres. Island Cres is second largest island of Croatia. Cres fascinates its visitors with a loceley play of colours of its evergeen vegetation, its roks and the blue of the sea. More than 1300 different plants and a variety of animals are living on this island, amongst them the endangered goose vulture.
Cres Island is the one of the largest islands of the Adriatic. It is connected by ferry from Istria (line Brestova - Porozina) and the island of Krk (ferry Valbiska - Merag). An important natural phenomenon on the is the island´s freshwater lake Vrana. Cres Island is known as the habitat of protected species of griffon vultures, which are, unfortunately, an endangered species.
On the island we recommend a visit to the city museum Osor, a small town near the bridge that connects the islands of Cres and Losinj. One of the most beautiful beaches on the island of Cres, but perhaps in the whole of Croatia, the beach at Sveti Ivan(Saint John) near Lubenica. Lubenice is one of the first inhabited places. Built on the cliff 387m above the sea, it looks like a fairy tale city. Another place not to be missed is Valun: a small town surrounded by sandy beaches and coves. But the most important and most known city on the island with a large marina is the city of Cres.
Cities on the island of Cres are mostly surrounded by the old city walls. The island of Cres has been inhabited since ancient times, as attested by finds from the ruins of the ancient castle in the town of Cres. There are many old houses on the hill in the city center. In the cultural center of the city of Cres the church Sv. Martin with a Franciscan monastery from the 16th century and a castle of the Sforza family from the 17th century are a must see.
Do not miss the feast of St. Mary of the Snow on 5th August in the town of Cres, Osor musical evenings and Eco-center Caput Insulae in Beli, where you can admire the griffon vulture.