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Review of Cres Island

Cres Island
Omisalj, Croatia
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Ranked #1 of 5 Attractions in Omisalj
Type: Islands, Outdoors
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Ptuj, Slovenia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

Altogether we made 15 visits to Cres island , in last 7 years twice yearly and now in May 2012. It is the most beautiful island among 1000 jewels of Adriatic sea . We explored all the island and made many hiking expeditions to Sv. Blaž , Lubenice village and two beaches below Lubenice. Beach with Blue cave is magnificent if you come there before season and after season (May, September). Otherwise the fishing boats with tourists from Cres city are too loud . Road to Lubenice village is dangerous "one way" for tourists, because domestic drivers just drive through, not paying much attention to the dangers of the narrow road between stone walls . Otherwise the sea on this part of Cres island in direction Istra penninsula is very clear and beautiful. Other part of island -toward Krk- does not have clear sea , mostly polluted from industrial zones of Krk and Rijeka city. During stay on Cres island we rent a bungalow at Crepsa agency . Employees there could learn to be more friendly toward guests , not closed up . Car ferry from Brestova brings you to Cres island, but prices warry too much every season ! Road from Porozina till parking palce above Beli village is very dangerous on some parts , but so one see archaic landscape of Cres island which has a shape of the Dragon. During our hinings on Cres we also visited Helm hill with beautiful views toward Vranski jezero (Vrana lake),. These places are really magnificent and silent . Recommended island for all who love nature , natural resorts with great bio energy for health and relaxation . Water Dragon Year 2012

Visited May 2012
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Dayton, Ohio
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“Cres. A Step back in time.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2012

Surely because of the former "Iron Curtain" and then the post Soviet breakup wars, this tucked away corner of the world has escaped the unrelenting push to modernization that has grasped the rest of the world.
We stayed three days and 2 nights in the small seaside village of Cres (same name as the island). We were very impressed!
The island itself is approachable only by ferry (aprox. 25 euros for car and 3 passengers).
The island landscape is virtually indescribable. An arid mountainous stoney moonscape broken only by countless miles of hand stacked stone walls spreading in every direction. Who stacked them and how long did it take? Unanswerable! Awsome! All surrounded by a briliant blue Adriatic sea.
Since the villages on the island don't have hotels, accommidations must be obtained thruogh local tourist agencies who cortract with landlords with rooms to rent. Our room was 3rd floor, smallish, but did have its own bath. No A/C! But remember, you're going back in time to a more simple era! Also, be prepared to have your passport held until you leave! (A holdover from the soviet era?) It was hard for us to accept but it all worked out in the end.
The town itself was wonderful. Peaceful and relaxing, yet full of vibrancy and life and even innocence. Perhaps Miami Beach was like this 80 years ago. Oh, and the locals are happy to have you visiting and they speak very good english too!

Visited July 2012
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Zagreb, Croatia
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“Most magical undiscovered paradise – LUBENICE, the island of Cres”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2012

Croatian islands of northern Adriatic are located at the former crossroad or “mare quaternium”- the four seas, referring to four different routes by sea, heading to Rijeka and Senj, Venice-Trieste, Ancona and Zadar, nowadays called in Croatian language Kvarner. This beautiful bay hides tree large islands – Cres, Losinj and Krk, with two more extended further to the south– the islands of Rab and Pag. In the past, the islands of Cres and Losinj were connected, but they got separated in Roman times by building the canal between them. All of the northern islands combine the beauty of nature versus culture – an interesting discrepancy!
I have explored the island of Cres last summer and have discovered some magical sites. The coast abounds in coves and pebble beaches on the western and southern part, while the northern and eastern parts are very rocky. Regular ferry runs to town of Cres from Rijeka, Pula and Zadar, and twice a week from Ancona or Venice as well. The island is a habitat of a rare bird, a griffon vulture. The natural phenomena is that the island has a sweet water lake – Vrana. Cres has unique flora and fauna among all the other islands – more than 1200 species.
People abroad often wonder what the differences of northern vs. southern islands are, and I find the answer in their history and geographic position. Cres definitely had turbulent and interesting history. Illyrian and Liburnian tribes were the first to build stone houses here, and later on Romans arrived. But the exchange of hands happened often between Byzantine power and Croatian Kings. The island also was under the rule of Francs, and very early Venetians conquered this part of the coast – somewhere around the year 1000. By the 12th century Venetians were exchanging power over the island with Hungarians on several occasions. Austrians arrive and Napoleon as well, and then Austrians again -people of these islands have seen it all!

Some 22 km drive from the town of Cres you will reach to magical place called Lubenice – a tiny little stone village erected on the cliff of 378 meters overlooking the bay, which was named by Romans “Hibernicia”. Romans have thus built here a fortified place with defensive wall and two doors in it. The village has only small population of 40 people but was inhabited continuously for more than 4000 years. The island provides to its inhabitants the food – rich agriculture, mainly olive trees plantations and vineyards, and lots of sheep farming going on. Every little corner of this village inspires peace and the view is breathtaking from every point. Some of the houses have strange ship windows built in and everything here speaks about the past. After the sightseeing, you can enjoy the local specialty – a delicious roasted lamb. During the summer nights there are musicians playing on the central square, adding more charm to the atmosphere. There are other beautiful locations at the island (Valun, Pernat and Osor) but none can compare with the beauty of the tiny Lubenice, which will enchant every visitor with its unspoiled beauty.

Visited July 2011
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Vienna, Austria
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“A lot to see, even more to enjoy!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2011

We were staying on island Krk and were advised by our friends to visit Cres. Oh, it is such an amazing place! Not so crowded and touristic as Krk, very genuine and green. Cres is connected with Krk by ferry, and it takes approximately 30-40 minutes to get there. We spent the whole day on Cres and visited:
1. City Cres - really nice place, not crowded with people and tourists, very quite and yet entertaining, beautiful view to the sea
2. Lubenice - my absolutely favourite place! Small village on top of the mountain, in the middle of nowhere. There is only 11 people living there!!! And view to the sea is simply stunning! Very romantic... Delicious food in local restaurant. Strongly recommended for everyone. Protected by UNESCO - World Heritage Site
3. Took app. 1 hour of pleasant walk down the mountain from Lubenice to amazing Blue Lagoon with clear water and white beach (stones, not the sand :)). Way back up the hill was not that easy, but still pleasant. Take a pair of good shoes!
4. Valun - another small village on the sea side, 60 inhabitants only. Very romantic and quite. Amazing food and really good service at "Na Moru" restaurant.
Wishing you pleasant trip!

Visited July 2011
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2007

We were recommended this remote seaside village by a local agent in Veli Losinj. Absolutely stunning! We reached it by bus from Mali Losinj over spectacular wild and remote countryside. There is a campsite but we stayed above a local restaurant in a smart modern clean apartment with aircon! (£36 per night) So peaceful - no Brits - very quiet and warm clean sea wherever you look with mountains and islands all around on the horizon. We spent 3 idyllic days there and will return. We travelled on by Catamaran on Jadrolinska to Cres and then Rijeka - all for £7.

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