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Cres Island coastline
Cres Island rugged coastline



Cres Town
Cres Town

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In the northern Kvarner region, Cres Island is separated from Losinj Island by a narrow canal but the two islands are very different. Cres is much wilder and more deserted than Losinj and marked by high cliffs on the eastern coast. The island of Cres is 68km long and is most populous around Cres Town on the western coast.     

Remnants of Venetian rule are particularly apparent in charming Cres Town. See more.

Sightseeing on Cres Island

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.

     Griffon Vultures

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.

Tourist Information in Cres

The Cres tourist office (tel 051-571 133) is in the centre of Cres Town at Cons 11.

 

 

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