Top things to do in Cres Island

Top Choice Croatian in Cres Town

Konoba Bukaleta

Cres lamb gets top billing at this down-to-earth village restaurant, which has been run by the same family for well over three decades. Try the lamb breaded, grilled or roasted on the spit, or tuck into homemade gno…
Top Choice Beach in Lubenice

Lubenice Beach

One of Kvarner’s most remote and beautiful beaches, this secluded cove is accessed by following a steep path through the scrub. The 45-minute descent is a breeze, but coming back up is more of a challenge (you might…
Beach in Beli

Beli Beach

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

St Mark's Church

The parish church houses the village's main sight: the 11th-century Valun Tablet. Inscribed in both Glagolitic and Latin, this tombstone reflects the ethnic composition of the island at the time it was made. At that…
Square in Cres Town

Trg Frane Petrića

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 site of a morning fruit-and-vegetable market. Look for the gra…
Animal Sanctuary in Beli

Rescue Centre for Griffon Vultures

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, an…
Croatian in Cres Town

Gostionica Belona

This excellent local tavern plates up Cres seafood, lamb dishes, grilled meat and salads. The roadside terrace isn't in the prettiest location, so try instead for a seat indoors. It has excellent service and a good …
Croatian in Beli

Konoba Beli

The stone dining room bedecked with the agricultural implements of yesteryear creates a suitably rustic setting in which to enjoy locally flavoured grilled fish and meat dishes. When the mercury pushes north, take a…
Seafood in Valun

Konoba Toš-Juna

Of Valun's handful of restaurants, this one stands out for its seafood and its attractive terrace emblazoned with Glagolitic writing. It’s inside a converted olive mill with exposed stone walls, right by the harbour…
Croatian in Osor

Konoba Bonifačić

Tuck into home cooking – such as dependable risottos, grilled meat and fish, and traditional pork with sage – in a particularly lovely garden setting. Have a shot of elderflower grappa while you’re at it.