Clinging to a 130m hill above a lovely pebbly beach, Beli is one of Cres’ oldest settlements. Its 4000-year history can be felt in its twisting lanes and austere stone town houses overgrown with plants. You can walk a loop around this evocative but diminutive settlement in five minutes or so, stopping at a viewpoint to take in incredible views over the Adriatic to the mainland mountains.
Even with its tiny population, Beli is the main settlement in the Tramuntana region, which covers the island’s northern tip. It's a place that time forgot, with ancient virgin forests, abandoned villages, lone chapels and myths of good elves. Much of it is covered with dense oak, hornbeam and chestnut forest and it's prime cruising terrain for the protected griffon vulture.