Perched on an exposed rocky ridge 378m above the western shore of the island, this medieval hilltop hamlet is one of the most evocative places on Cres. Semiabandoned, Lubenice’s maze of ancient, austere stone-built houses and churches seems fused to the very bedrock of the island. The narrow road here is lined with stone fences, olive groves and stands of pine trees.
Lubenice sits above one of Kvarner’s most remote and beautiful beaches, a secluded cove accessible by a steep path through the bush. The 45-minute descent is a breeze, but coming up is more of a challenge (you might want to take a taxi boat from Valun or Cres).
The best view of the town is from high on the rocks above the western edge of the car park: you can see the beach from here.