Zaglav-island Cres
The Island of Cres is, along with the island of Krk, the biggest island in the Adriatic Sea, and it is situated on the northern part of the Kvarner Gulf. In the south of the island, in a place called Osor, there is a drawbridge that connects Cres with the island of Lošinj.

Cres is a hilly island 66 kilometers long and 2 to 12 kilometers wide, the coast is indented and, in the west and south of the island, full of numerous coves in which intimate pebble beaches can be found, perfect for undisturbed enjoyment in the sea and the sun in their pure and intact form.

The northern and eastern parts of the island are circled in sheer and rugged cliffs with tops rising up over 600 meters above the sea level, thus offering a spectacular view across the Kvarner Gulf that will surely be remembered for a long time by the visitors of this unique island.
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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.
Sport & Outdoor
  • Hiking trails
    Excellent microclimatic conditions and peculiar nature of the island of Cres will enable all outdoor enthusiasts and people who want to get to know the inland of the middle part of the island to have an active and diverse vacation. Several kilometers of hiking trails and promenades through intact nature of this beautiful island are available. 
  • Scuba diving
    Discover the beauties of the Cres sea bed. The island of Cres enables its guests to enjoy underwater sport activities with diving school, organized courses and facilities for diving equipment renting and maintenance. Diving centers are located in the town of Cres, Martinščica (Zaglav) and Beli. 
What to visit
  • Eco Center Caput Insuale - BELI
    Eco Center Caput Insuale is on the island of Cres near Beli in Croatia. The main goals of the eco-centre are protection of griffon vultures and of cultural heritage of the island of Cres. In the centre there is also a convalescent home where griffon vultures that have been hurt or poisoned recuperate or get treated. Near the eco-centre there are seven organized educational eco-trails and a permanent exhibition for tourist visits. 
  • Valun
    Valun is situated in one of the most beautiful bays on the north of Adriatic. The settlement developed around an old little church of St. Thomas. In the settlement there is a church of St. Mary where Valun tablet is kept. The tablet is a gravestone to an old Croatian family from the 11th century, very significant for Croatian cultural and historical heritage because it was written in Croatian, both in Latin script and in Glagolitic script.
For gourmands
  • Cres lamb
    It is believed that exceptional quality of Cres lamb and its specific taste comes from various types of aromatic Mediterranean herds that grow on the pastures and cliffs of the island of Cres on which herds of sheep feed on freely. It is usually made on a spit or under “peka” (the baking lid), and we recommend that you try the both. The best lamb on the island of Cres is served in tavern “Bukaleta” in the village of Loznati not far away from the town of Cres. 
  • Octopuss under "peka"
    It is a traditional way of cooking octopus on the island of Cres and other islands of Kvarner. An octopus is put in a pan together with potatoes, carrots and onions, seasoned with olive oil and salt, lidded with “peka” that is covered up with ember from the fireplace, and left like that to cook for around 40 minutes. This specialty is served in an authentic atmosphere of tavern “Tramontana” in Beli. 
  • Fish and seafood
    In Zaglav, Martinščica, Cres and also other coastal towns of the islands of Cres and Lošinj, you can have fish specialties like oven-roasted frog-fish with potatoes, seabass in salt (only in the finest restaurants), “buzara” (shellfish sautéed in garlic, olive oil, parsley and white wine) with Kvarner scampi or shellfish prepared in various ways – raw oysters and “dondola” (warty venus clam), buzara with Noah’s ark clams and mussels or roasted scallops. We also recommend warm appetizers such as scampi risotto, seafood risotto and cuttlefish black risotto. 
For memory
  • Cres Sage Honey
     Cres sage honey is among the most popular in Croatian market, mainly because of its therapeutic properties and its organic purity. A specific weather conditions – saltiness and north-eastern wind – contribute to the high quality of the honey. Since the old days sage is used with nervous system problems, it stimulates the adrenal gland, helps with depression, nervousness, vertigo, tremor and respiratory problems.
  • The Lošinj's Sailing ship
     The ship is unique because it is made of wire and metal net painted gold. The stand can be of different sorts: pebble, wood plate or a shell on a rock. The sailing-boat is packed in a box decorated with sea sand and other symbols of our coast, and it pays homage to all the sailing-ships that were built in Lošinj or sailed on behalf of Lošinj and other ship-owners from the Adriatic.
  • The Lošinj's regatta pasara
    The hull is made from ceramics, while the mast, the boom, the gaff and the bowsprit are made from wood. This is the boat that deserves credit for one of the greatest cultural events on the island of Lošinj at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, and repeatedly until the mid-20th century. The event in question was the regatta pasara boat. 
  • „Croatian Apoxiomen“ statue replica
    Replica of the statue, 21,5 cm high, is made from bronze that was patinated, giving the statue a bronze-patina color identical to the original. The statue is put on a stand made from Brač stone, 3 cm high, that on the front has an engraved caption “HRVATSKI APOKSIMEN”, and on the back “Mali Lošinj”.