The island of Cres

Cres: a meeting with the mysterious world of nature

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If you enjoy unspoilt nature and love exploring the diversity of life Cres is the best place for you. Here you can watch Griffon Vultures fly, contribute to their protection by adopting one and discover the wondrous phenomenon of Lake Vrana. And that is just for starters...

Cres is located in the northern part of Kvarner Bay with its southern side connected to the island of Lošinj by a lift bridge. There is an array of coves and shingly beaches scattered along its western and southern shores, while steep cliffs line the island’s north and south. In the northern sub-Mediterranean part there are high and dense forests of oak, hornbeam, elm and chestnut trees while the central and southern Mediterranean part is covered with rolling pastures and dense evergreen underbrush.

There are as many as 1,300 plant species thriving on the island of Cres which is equally rich in animal life, so this is a true paradise for nature lovers. Cres is one of the last habitats of the Griffon Vulture and home to freshwater Lake Vrana, a nature’s wonder with its surface located above and its bed located at 74 metres below sea level.

The island has plenty to offer in every way. In addition to beautiful flora and fauna Cres enjoys a rich cultural and historic heritage. It is home to numerous Liburnian castles, remains of ancient towns and Catholic churches, monasteries, remains from the Venetian period and present-day monuments. The history preserved here and old churches and villages that seem untouched by time will be a true treat for anyone with a penchant for organized or self-planned island exploration, as the Tramuntana area and the entire island are simply wonderful. All this, paired with an extensive choice of accommodation, restaurants and events, makes Cres an interesting and attractive holiday destination.

For more information please visit:

Town of Cres Tourist Board

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