Make a self catering villa or holiday rental on Cres, Kvarner Islands, Croatia your home away from home
Cres, pronounced "Tsres" is a lovely island just off the Croatian coast in the Adriatic Sea. Although it is the largest of the Croatian islands, it has an area of 405 km ² and just over 3000 residents. The Vrana Lake is the island's main freshwater supply and the high peak of Gorice is 650m above sea level. Cres has a rich and diverse wildlife including dolphins, the rare white-headed griffon vultures and more than 1100 plant species including endemic rare plants. With pretty beaches and scenic walks Cres makes a great away-from-it-all sunshine holiday base.
Things to Do on Cres, Croatia
The island has miles of trails and hiking paths which make this a great way to appreciate the wonderful wildlife on the island. Birds and plants are abundant in this unspoilt area which has dense forests of oak, beech and chestnut. From your holiday home on Cres enjoy the pleasant coastal walkway to the bay of Gavza.
The island of Cres has a long fragmented coastline and the south coast has many bays and pebbled beaches, compared to the bare rock cliffs on the north and eastern coasts.
There are plenty of ferries which connect the island with some of the other 36 islands including Losinj, Rijeka, Pula and Zadar. They all make a pleasant day trip from your Cres holiday home.
Places to Visit Around Cres, Kvarner Islands
The main town on Cres is the town of the same name. Its centre has plenty of shops selling local produce such as olive oil and wine. It is a pedestrainized town best explored on foot as it has many narrow streets. The pretty port has many boats bobbing in the clear waters.
Follow the road up from the Port of Porozina to the high point on the high hill of Sis before descending to the village of Beli. This is a fortified town which dates back to prehistoric times as early as 4000BC. It has a cluster of houses, a harbour and a pebble beach.
Opposite Valun on the plateau which runs along the centre of the island, the Romans named this place Hibernitis which means "Winterly" for its stormy winds. It has an unassailable fortress on top of the 378m high cliff sheltered by a protective wall with two doorways. It resembles the deck of a ship rather than a hilltop village.
Weather at Cres, Croatia
The island has a variance in temperatures with the northern coast slightly cooler and wetter than the south coast. The east coast is exposed to the "Bora", the cold north wind. Summer temperatures on the island reach an average 29°C (84°F) and fall to around 10°C (50° F) in the winter.
Travel to Cres, Kvarner Islands
The nearest airport to your Cres holiday rental is the Rijeka (RJK) airport on the island of Krk or use the mainland airport in Trieste (TRS). Cres is easy to reach by ferry from the island of Krk or the Istrian peninsula via the ferry company Brestova-Porozina.