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Cres island Travel Guide

 

The isle of Cres and the isle of Krk are the largest islands of the Adriatic sea.

The isle of Cres is located in Kvarner bay, and is connected with the isle of Losinj by a drawbridge (the width of the channel between the isles is 11 km).

The area of the isle of Cres is 405 sq.m. The symbol of the isle of Cres is a rare bird which lives there — Gyps fulvus, found in the international Red Book.

The isle of Cres amazes its guests with its virgin nature, uncrowded beaches, slow-paced life. Resting on the isle of Cres is for those who wish to get away from all hustle and bustle, sounds and colours of megapolises and the noise of popular resorts.

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Sightseeing on island Cres

In the past, the isle of Cres, combined into one with the island, made the largest isle of the Adriatic — the isle of Absirtidami. According to legend, it was here that Medea killed her brother Absyrthus and tossed pieces of his body into the sea. The hands of Absyrthus became the isles of Cres and Losinj.

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The town of Cres of the isle of Cres of the same name is the largest town of the island, and it is here that the main architectural sights of the city are found:

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three town gates — the remains of the city wall once encircling the town — the preserved entrance into the Old town of Cres;

— the building of the town council (16th century), today the Lapidarium museum, where you can see ancient Roman artifacts, and the Valun plate — the oldest monument of the Glagolic writing system;

— the Arsan-Patrice palace (15th century), the city museum with an exhibition of archaeological finds nowadays;

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— a Franciscan and a Benedictine monastery, nowadays exhibition halls of old paintings

One of the most interesting sights of the isle of Cres — the town of Lubernice — is the first human settlement on the isle of Cres.

The town is located on a rock 400 m above sea level. In the central square of Lubernice regular concerts of classical music are organised, there is also St Antony’s church (15th century).

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The town of Osor in the southern part of the lake is nowadays famous for the Festival of classical music that s held here. In Middle Ages, Osor was a large trading port of the Adriatic. Of the medieval monuments, the Bishop’s palace and the Cathedral (15th century) still remain in Osor.

Vransko Lake

Among the natural landmarks of the isle of Cres is Lake Vransko (Vransko jezero). The lake is located in the centre of the island near the settlement of Vran, and it stuns with its unique natural beauty.

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The large Lake Vransko is fresh, and is 70 m deep. Vransko Jezero is the place where numerous birds live — storks and wild ducks.

Lake Vransko — paradise for ornithologists — has been declared Croatia’s national park.

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The curiously bluffy shore, numerous secluded bays make Cres attractive for yachtsmen. Near the town of Cres of the island there is a large pier for yachts.

The guests of the island are offered diving classes, sailing classes, fishing on the shore of the sea and Lake Vransko, there are bike and boat rental services, golf and volleyball courts, football pitches.

The lovers of diving can see the remains of the trading vessel Lina, which sank near the shores of Cres.

The isle of Cres if one of the favourite places in Croatia to have a rest!

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Beaches on island Cres

On the isle of Cres there are many small but picturesque beaches.

The amazing pebbled beaches are excellent for rest with children of different ages.

Hotels and private apartments on Cres island

The isle of Cres has a developed touristic infrastructure. The numerous home-owners on the island offer private flats and villas for rest on Cres.

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Get to island Cres

You can get to the isle of Cres to settlement Porozine using a regular ferry line from the town of Brestova (29 km from Opatija city; 58 km from Pula city) , which is located to 58 km from Pula city. The ferry road takes about 25 minutes.

Timetable ferry Brestova – Porozina, island Cres

As well the fast catamaran from Rijeka city to Mali Losinj island do stop on Cres island.

Timetable catamaran Rijeka city – Cres island – Mali Losinj island

You can buy the ticket on catamaran from Rijeka city to Cres island&Mali Losinj island online on web  www.krilo.hr

A bridge connects the Osor city of island of Cres with the island Losinj.

Between the largest islands of Croatia, the isle of Cres and the isle of Krk there is a regular ferry connection. From the settlement of Valbiska, island Krk to Merag, isle of Cres the ferry travels for 15 minutes.

Timetable ferry Valbiska, island Krk – Merag, island Cres

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Get to Cres island by air:

The nearest airport to Cres island is airport Pula.

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Map of island Cres

Weather island Cres

Average monthly temperatures on island Cres Croatia:

January +10 С
February +11 С
March +14 С
April +18 С
May +24 С
June +27 С
July +29 С
August +30 С
September +24 С
October +20 С
November +14 С
December +9 С

Average monthly water temperatures on island Cres Croatia:

January +10 С
February +12 С
March +14 С
April +15 С
May +19 С
June +22 С
July +25 С
August +26 С
September +23 С
October +20 С
November +14 С
December +11 С

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