The relatively untouched island of Cres, Croatia is a rugged wilderness, with just a few sleepy waterside resorts and remote bays and beaches. It’s green in the north and barren in the south. The island has more sheep than people, and it is sparsely populated. Roast lamb is the island’s specialty.

The islands of Cres and Losinj are connected by a swing bridge in the small town of Osor, Croatia. The bridge opened twice daily, so boats could pass through the narrow sea channel, which the Romans dug.

ACI Marina Cres
ACI Marina Cres

Cres | Things to See and Do

  • Firstly, explore Cres Town. It centers on a pretty fishing harbor rimmed by pastel-colored houses. Climb the 16th-century Venetian stone tower for fantastic views.
  • Visit the Griffon Vulture Rescue Center in Beli – these enormous birds, now quite rare, nest in the seaward cliffs and can live for 40 years.
  • After that, also in Beli, hike or cycle the marked trails through Tramuntana forest, with its towering oak and chestnut trees.
  • Try ziplining in Beli.
  • Explore Cres’s remote pebble beaches. The loveliest, Lubenice, is best accessed from the sea by boat.
  • Close to Lubenice, you can swim in the Blue Grotto in Zanje Bay. Indeed, inside, beautiful blue light reflects on the ceiling – it is imposing in the late afternoon.
  • In Osor, see the museum Osor Archaeological Collection displaying Roman stone carvings and ancient coins.
  • Feast on Cres lamb at Konoba Bukaleta, in the hilltop village of Loznati, just outside of town. Or eat freshly caught fish at waterside MaMaLu in Valun, mooring out front.

Marinas and Anchorages

ACI Marina Cres. A beautiful 460-berth marina close to Cres Town. Amenities include bathrooms, restaurants, grocery store, laundry, ATM, and free WI-FI.

Martinscica. The town is a popular stop for yachts on their way to the south because it has a protected harbor.

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