Rescue Centre for Griffon Vultures

Cres Island

Housed at the Beli Visitor Centre, this place is home to, at last count, six juvenile griffon vultures that are being prepared for tagging and release into the wild. There are interesting displays on the species, and you can wander out to look at the enclosures.

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Nearby Cres Island attractions

1. Beli Beach

0.77 MILES

An archetypal Adriatic beach – secluded, wonderfully quiet and strewn with pebbles – 130m below the pretty village of Beli.

2. Plaža Girandella

9.27 MILES

Rabac's best beach is this series of pebbly coves in front of the immense Valamar Girandella resort complex. It's well maintained by the resort, but most…

3. Ruta

10.98 MILES

This local collective promotes the island’s cultural tradition of wool weaving and felting. Using the discarded wool of indigenous Cres sheep, the…

4. Trg Frane Petrića

10.99 MILES

Right by the harbour, the main town square was the scene of public announcements, financial transactions and festivals under Venetian rule. It’s now the…

5. St Mary of the Snow Church

11.01 MILES

Just inside the main harbour gate, this church is notable for its Renaissance portal with a relief of the Virgin and Child. A glassed-in foyer allows you…

6. Cres Museum

11.05 MILES

Housed in the Arsan Renaissance palace just off the harbour front, this local museum is worth the modest entry fee for its 16th-century Venetian…

7. Fortress

11.22 MILES

Labin's fortress once stood at the highest point of the old town. There's no longer a fort to speak of (although there is a canon) but it's well worth…

8. Labin Public Museum

11.28 MILES

The ground floor of this museum, housed in the baroque 18th-century Battiala-Lazzarini Palace, is devoted to archaeological finds. Upstairs is a…