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Tourism in Cres
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.
History and culture 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.