In the deep bay, surrounded by the largest olive grove on the Adriatic, the ancient Cres resembles a white pearl in a hidden shell. Holidays in unspoiled nature, and sounds of crickets while you’re sunning at beautiful beaches, make Cres an ideal place for holidays and relaxation.
This exceptional town, former stronghold of Venice on the eastern coast of the Adriatic, maintained almost all traits of a medieval urban and cultural center and bred one of the greatest minds and philosophers of the 16th century, Franjo Petrić alias Franciscus Petris. Today, local industry in Cres gave way to tourism, olive-growing and sustainable development of eco-agriculture.
The town is also known as significant sailing centre; in the regatta area (in front of the town) numerous competitions take place for European, or even world cups.
Accommodation: Hotels, apartments, bungalows, camp ground, private apartments and rooms.
Olive groves, the Bay of Cres, griffon vultures, the magnificent Vransko Lake.
Heritage, Wine, Food
Old untouched city centre, three city gates, city walls, round (Venetian) tower, Franciscan monastery (14th century), one of the first on the eastern part of the Adriatic coast, a Benedictine convent, the parish church of St. Mary the Great (15th century Pieta), numerous Gothic, late Gothic and Renaissance churches in the town and around it, noblemen`s palaces, the Petris palace (Museum), city hall with pillar of shame, tiny port...
Local ecologically produced food dominates the gastronomic offer. The lamb, from Cres and fish and shrimps caught in the sea around Cres are all of top quality and taste, because they come fresh to the table. Local wine and wine from the Kvarner or Istrian region.
Entertainment, Recreation, Excursions
Summer manifestations, dancing evenings in the open, concerts Music Evenings in Lubenice, numerous cycling and hiking trails, trips to Beli (Tramontana), Osor, Valun.