Cres

Cres is the longer island, stretching 68km from tip to tip. About half the island is covered with fields and rocks, with large pine and oak forests in the north. The western coast is more settled than the steeper eastern coast, which is home to the griffon vulture. Losinj is 31km long and has a more indented coastline than Cres, especially in the south. The towns of Mali Losinj and Veli Losinj are ringed by natural pine forests interspersed with tall Aleppo pines, which were planted in the 19th century.

Cres is not one of the most frequently visited of the Croatian islands but is still a lovely place to visit. It is easily reached from both the mainland and from other nearby islands. You will often hear that the island is part of the Cres-Losinj group of islands, which number 30 in total and cover an area of 513 square km. There is one hotel in Cres Town and also one in Martinscica, private accommodation can also be found in various locations on the island.
The town of Cres is situated in the northeastern part of a large and well shielded bay which abounds in spacious and attractive bathing areas. The human activity, dating back to the Antique period, has left a whole range of monuments which help us to imagine how difficult life must have been on this island.

Cres is the second largest island in the Adriatic, covering 155 square miles, and is connected to the island of Losinj by bridge. It is long and spindly in shape, and the main resort is Cres Town. The town reminds many of an Italian village due to previous Venetian rule, and much of the town dates from the 15th and 16th centuries. Cres is the administrative and governing capital and the only settlement on the island with the status of a city. The main island road passes next to it, and it is well connected with the mainland by permament ferry lines in Porozine on Velika vrata and Merag on Srednja vrata.

There are daily ferries from Rijeka to Cres Town, journey time 1 hour 15 minutes. There are also very frequent ferries from Brestova on the mainland (very near Rabac) to Porozina - journey time 20 minutes - and between Valbiska on Krk to Merag on Cres - journey time 30 minutes.
The island's true gems are undoubtedly its many beaches, nestled mostly on the western shores, midway between Sveti Blaz and the Bay of Ustrine. Some of them have the look of a hollow shell, slowly disappearing into the emerald-blue sea.

The most important cultural and historical monuments in Cres are:

1 Three town gates, Bragadina, Marcela and the gate of St Mikulo from the 16th century
2 A round, corner tower in the northwestern part of the town
3 The church of St Isidor from the 12th century
4 A number of Gothic, late Gothic and Renessaince churches the most remarkable of them being the Church of Our Lady of Snow dating from the 16th century with a tower bell from the 18th century
5 Municipal Loggia with a pillory
6 A Franciscan monastery from approximately 1300 with the Church of St Francis from the 14th century and a tower bell from the 18th century
7 A benedictine monastery from the 15th century
8 The palace of the family Patris from the 15th century which houses a musem
9 A number of Renessaince palaces of noble families from Cres.



Coordinates: N 44° 57’ 50", E 14° 24’ 36"


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