Cres Island is the largest island in the Adriatic. It is located in the northern part of the Kvarner Bay and it is connected to the island Losinj by a bridge. Cres is the island of contrasts. In the northern part of the island there are high and thick forests of oak and Mediterranean low vegetation. The other part of the island is hilly. There are many indented bays and beautiful beaches on its one side and steep cliffs on the other side. Cres Island is known for its unusual phenomena, a freshwater lake and a large variety of flora and fauna together with endemic species, such as the griffon vulture, but Cres is also extremely rich in historical and cultural tradition, which dates from pre-Christian times. The island of Cres is well-known tourist destination, which has retained the features and lifestyle of the past. Cres offers everything a guest need for a carefree holiday, recreation and entertainment, combined with many features of modern tourism and modern accommodations. The island is connected by frequent ferry connections. A ferry leaves from Porozina to Brestov on the eastern coast of Istria, and from the town Merag to Valbiska on the island of Krk. Cres island is separated from the island of Losinj with a very narrow channel, and a bridge connects them.Besides the city of Cres there are other important tourist places on the island: Lubenice, Bijeli, Martinscica, Valun. Porozina is the port and ferry dock on the westernmost tip of Cres, naturally protected from all winds. Lubenice is a stone city, with a medieval fortress, which rises on the top of a cliff 378 meters high. It is a jewel of Croatian rural architecture and one of the most beautiful parts of Cres. Beli is also a place on the hill. It is a typical coastal village of dense architecture, rich in cultural and historical sights, with ecological trails and exhibitions in nature. The town of Cres is located on the northeast corner of the spacious and well sheltered bay that abounds with beautiful spacious bathing area. Martinscica settlement is situated on the gentlest part of Cres coast, with a large bay open to the southwest, with plenty of Mediterranean vegetation. It is oriented to the family and camping tourism, but also on quality offer and active holidays. Valun is situated on the southern part of the Valun's gulf between two beautiful sandy beaches and it is ideal for a family tourism. Today, Cres is a famous tourist destination and Valun on the island of Cres follows it. Cres is separated from Losinj by a channel that has a bridge across so it is easy to go to a trip. It is easy to visit Rab, as well as the nearby Crikvenica with Novi Vinodolski. Spend some time on the sea and visit marina Punat.
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