Cres is the biggest island in Croatia and after Hvar the longest island. It is situated in the northern part of Kvarner bay and connected with the island of Lošinj by a suspension bridge. The coast is about 247 km long and it has many bays, beaches and even steep cliffs. Among the natural beauties the lake Vrana stands out. It is a crypto depression and it is the main source of drinking water for the whole archipelago. Cres is also known as a natural habitat of an endangered species, the griffon vulture. The biggest town on the island is called Cres and on the whole island there are about 3.200 inhabitants. Some prehistoric remains are the evidence that this area has existed since the ancient times. People on the island are mainly into tourism, agriculture, beekeeping, fishing, olive oil production and cattle breeding.
Accommodation on Island Cres:
The island offers different kinds of accommodation from hotels, apartments, camps to private accommodation. For those who love camping there are several camps along the coast which have recently been renovated. There is also a possibility to rent bungalows in resorts Stara Gavza and Zaglav. For those in search of a greater comfort there is ACI marina Cres which has 440 berths at sea and 120 places for accommodation of vessels on the mainland. Among usual recreational activities like tennis, golf, football, you can also enjoy sailing, parachuting, underwater fishing and others. Those who like walking will enjoy 100 km long walking paths.
No need to say, that the most popular form of accommodation on Island Cres, is private apartments which can be found in all categories.
What to see – Sights on Island Cres:
The most significant cultural-historical buildings are three city gates from the 16th century, the round corner tower on the north western part of the city of Cres, the church of St. Izidor, the Franciscan monastery with the church of St. Francis from the 14th century and the belfry from the 18th century, the Benedictine monastery from the 15th century, the palace of the Petris familiy from the 15th century with a museum in it and many other renaissance palaces of noble families from Cres.
Where to eat:
Restaurants on Cres offer different dishes but the main specialty is lamb typical of Cres as well as all sorts of cheese and pršut. There is a great choice of fresh fish, crabs and shells. Home made olive oil is inevitable as well as tropovica and šljivovica and the indigenous wine vrbnička žlahtina.