Remnants of Venetian rule are particularly apparent in charming Cres Town. See more.
Other sights on Cres include Osor
which was a commercial centre in the Middle Ages and now
is notable for its restored buildings, outdoor sculpture and Musical
Evenings in July and August.
Try to stop at tiny Valun, an incredibly picturesque harbour with a protected swimming cove.
From the ferry stop in Porozina, drive to the Eco-Center, "Caput Insulae," in Beli, which provides an excellent introduction to the island's remarkable bird and plant life. The center functions as a reserve for Eurasian griffon vultures, an indigenous bird with a wing span of more than nine feet that nests in the island's high coastal cliffs. There can be up to a dozen vultures in residence, which weigh up to 22 pounds! You might see one of the griffons in flight if you follow the eco-trails surrounding the center. An illustrated booklet published and distributed by the center helps you to identify the trees, plants, and bushes on the trails--wild asparagus, black mulberry, and wulfen's spurge. As you stroll along the paths, a diverse collection of bird life, such as golden eagles, snake eagles, and honey buzzards, soar above the surrounding woods. See my review.
The Cres tourist office (tel 051-571 133) is in the centre of Cres Town at Cons 11.
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