The island of Cres is a perfect natural spa thanks to its mild climate, beautiful beaches, crystal clear sea and untouched nature. It grows on the island of Cres more than 1.400 different plant species, and sage, immortelle, milkweed, dandelion, nettle and other wild and medicinal herbs make the island of Cres a real botanical garden.
While exploring the island, you will surely meet the Cresian sheep, which is the most frequently seen animal, because there are several thousand of them on the island, but also griffon vulture since it is Cres is home to this protected bird species – one of the largest flying birds in the world. For those who are a little braver, beautiful beaches are still available, one of the most beautiful in the world, given that the sea is still at a very pleasant temperature.
Unspoiled nature and good weather throughout the year create numerous opportunities for outdoor activities. The island of Cres offers numerous attractive hiking and biking trails that combine the wilderness of the hinterland with the glittering beauty of the coast.
Exploring the island will also take you to interesting historical and cultural sights such as the city of Cres built in the Venetian style, the ancient settlements of Lubenice and Beli or the old fishing villages of Valun and Martinšćica.
October is traditionally celebrated on the island of Cres olive harvest, and this year for the first time you can try your hand at picking olives yourself with organized guided tours by the agency Cres Fun & More, which will allow you to participate in the entire process of obtaining olive oil: from picking olives with local people to going to the oil mill in Cres for processing . In the company of a local family, you will get to know the ways of picking and processing olives, from which the world-famous Cres extra virgin olive oil is made.
Cres - Lošinj trail
If you would like to have an active holiday and a competition, the best opportunity to visit the island of Cres will be the first weekend in November when it takes place the popular Cres - Lošinj trail. This trail race is made up of two separate stages with three weight categories: Purple, Blue and Green, and competitors choose which category they want to compete in and consequently choose one or both days of this unique event. The race will take place on November 4 on the island of Lošinj, and on November 5 on the island of Cres.
After a wonderful active day in nature, allow yourself to be pampered with local cuisine based on local ingredients such as fish, extra virgin olive oil, honey, cheese or Cres lamb, which is a widely known island delicacy.
If diversity is another name for wealth, then the island of Cres is a real pearl and a perfect vacation destination because it is one of the last places where you can experience The Mediterranean as it once was. Find more information at www.visitCres.hr.