For a long time, Cres was considered the largest island in Croatia. New measurements have shown that the neighbouring island of Krk is just as big. Both islands have 405.76 km². It is still not clear which island is the larger.
The island of Cres is sparsely populated, with only a little more than 3,000 people living on the large island. The majority live in the main town of Cres. Many tourists come to Cres. Among them are many regular visitors. Tourists who love the island and come back every year. Many holidaymakers on Cres come from Germany, Austria and Italy.
There are 2 main routes from the mainland, both are only a few kilometres and the crossing takes about 20 minutes. Prices are about 4 euros one way per person, a car costs just under 20 euros. Crossings are about every 90 minutes in both directions during the day, less frequently in winter.
Valbiska to Merag: The better line for those coming from the south of Croatia. You go by car to the island of Krk. Here is the place Valkiska. Merag is only about 10 km from Cres town.
Brestova to Porozina: The ferry from Istria. Better for almost everyone coming from the north (Germany, Austria, Italy). Here you then drive another 30 to 40 minutes to Cres Town.
Lubenice: Situated on a hill overlooking the sea, the old town is known for its breathtaking views and historic buildings. Visitors can stroll through the narrow streets of the town and visit the many shops and restaurants. The town is also home to the 15th century Church of St Mary with its beautiful paintings and wrought ironwork.
Beli: This charming town is located on the north coast of the island and is known for its historic buildings and beautiful harbour. Visitors can explore the town’s many shops and restaurants and stroll along the promenade to see the old fishing boats. The village is also home to the Beli Ecocentre, which works to protect the island’s endangered bald eagles.
Cres Town: This historic village is located on the southern coast of the island and is the largest village on the island of Cres. Visitors can visit the town’s many shops and restaurants and stroll through its charming streets and squares. The town also has many historic buildings and churches, including the 15th century church of St. Peter.
Boulder Cres: This charming town is located on the west coast of the island and is known for its beautiful beaches and crystal clear waters. Guests can swim, sunbathe and enjoy a variety of water sports here. The town is also home to the church of St Mary with beautiful frescoes and a bell tower.
Osor: This historic town lies on a strait that connects the island of Cres with the nearby island of Losinj. Visitors can visit the town’s many shops and restaurants and stroll through its charming streets and squares. The town also has historic buildings and churches, including the Church of St Michael. The Blue Cave. This natural cave is located on the south coast of the island and is known for its incredible blue underwater. Visitors can take a look inside the cave and swim in its clear waters. The cave can only be reached by boat and is a unique and unforgettable experience.
Lake Cresco is a freshwater lake in the middle of the island surrounded by beautiful forests and hills. Visitors can walk around the lake and enjoy the peace and quiet of the surroundings. The lake is also home to many species of birds and is a popular place for bird watching.
Tramuntana: This natural park is located on the north coast of the island and is known for its rugged coastline, beautiful beaches and diverse wildlife. Visitors can walk through the park and explore the numerous hiking trails and picturesque villages. The park is also home to some rare plants and animals, including the endangered white-tailed eagle.