Cres is characterized by a great contrast between the northern Submediterranean part with tall and thick downy oak, hornbeam, elm and chestnut forests, and the southern Mediterranean part full of pastures, barren land and dense evergreen undergrowth. Because of that difficult terrain, the island of Cres still has relatively low population density and number of built-up structures, which enables the guests on the island to experience a really unique vacation without the summer throngs usual in bigger tourist destinations and to pick another cove every day just for themselves.
At the same time, thanks to sheep farming as one of the main activity, and because many sheep herds are put to pasture freely on the hills for days, visitors of Cres get a unique chance to enjoy local specialties made exclusively out of 100% organic ingredients, especially top quality lamb. Apart from lamb specialties, Cres is also renowned for its honey, 100% organic of course, that gave it the nickname Island of honey. We especially recommend highly valued therapeutic sage honey that can be purchased at local producers’ booths in the town of Cres.
The enormous richness of plant (almost 1300) and animal species, with a great deal of endemic ones is a true challenge for nature enthusiasts, and griffon vultures with a wing-span of up to 2 meters overflying the cliffs of the hills of Cres are a special attraction.
While on Cres, places that a tourist should by all means visit are picturesque Lubenice and Valun.
Lubenice are a small stony town with a history dating 4000 years back, situated on a top of a cliff 387 meters above sea level. Below Lubenice there is one of the most beautiful pebble beaches of the island of Cres, which was used as a motif in numerous photographic brochures from Croatia.
In the southern part of Valun bay, between two beautiful pebble beaches, there is a small town of Valun. It is a very picturesque coastal settlement situated around a small harbour, and it is excursion and family tourism oriented. In addition to St. Mark’s church and 11th century Valun tablet, another interesting thing to see is Glagolitic lapidarium, located on the terrace of a present-day restaurant, displaying replica versions of the oldest glagolitic inscriptions from Istria, Kvarner and Dalmatia.