Top 10 Things to do in Cres Island, Croatia

November 15, 2017 Janette Largent

Discover the best top things to do in Cres Island, Croatia including Lubenice Beach, Mali Bok, Orlec Beach, Valun Tablet (Valunska ploca), Osor Town Walls, Osor's Garden Sculptures, Cattedrale Di Osor, St. Francis Friary and Church on the Island of Cres, Centar Za Odrzivi Razvoj Gerbin, Beli Visitor Centre.
Restaurants in Cres Island

1. Lubenice Beach

Croatia
Excellent
72%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 100 reviews

Lubenice Beach

Reviewed By Little_brown_cutie - Hampshire, United Kingdom

Above Valun, which is a stunning little harbour village, with a beach, a couple of lovely restaurants & a prom - is the beautiful & historic village of Lurenice. The drive up is a bit hairy, but very beautiful. There are walks down to the Beaches, or to other villages.
This little village is amazing, as are the breathtaking views. There're are a couple of nice cafes to rest in. Be sure to visit the wool craft shop at the top - the owner such passion for his craft!

2. Mali Bok

Orlec, Cres, Croatia
Excellent
77%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 60 reviews

Mali Bok

Reviewed By astras30 - Maribor, Slovenia

This is a very nice beach, but it's location is a bit off, you have to walk downhill and then back up on a very steep hill. Also there is no food/water/drinks available there, so you have to bring everything with you. Otherwise it is nice.

3. Orlec Beach

Cres, Croatia
Excellent
69%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 59 reviews

Orlec Beach

Reviewed By L00ka03 - Zagreb

From little village Orlec you take a small narrow road down to the parking where you have to leave your car and then take a steep pathway to the beach for about 10min. The water is beautiful, crystal clear and the small beach is surrounded by cliffs. There are no shades on the beach until 4-5p.m. After 5p.m. there is no more sun because it goes behind the cliff.

4. Valun Tablet (Valunska ploca)

Saint Mary Church, Valun, Croatia
Excellent
60%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 17 reviews

Valun Tablet (Valunska ploca)

Reviewed By Miha P - Maribor, Slovenia

Valun is romantic village with 60 inhabitants. During each summer season village has 200 or even more people, tourists, day visitors and inhabitants. Many tourists are pushing their cars as far to the village as possible. More disciplined leave their car at parking and walk down for 10 minutes. It is not kind to force people to pay for the parking far away and have many exceptions who spoil really romantic village with their ego and cars.
You can rent an apartment or house and have your summer rest there in romantic setting with several nice Beaches. You can eat in some local inns. Attractions are mainly far away (Cres, Osor, Lubenice). You can find just an old stone plaque, interesting more or less for historians. It is in the church of St. Marc. We all need translation from Latin and from old Croatian letters (glagolica) about some people from 11. century. On Trip advisor map the position of the tablet is wrong, west of the village. On Wiki you will read that tablet is in the church of St. Mary. Complete mess of information.

5. Osor Town Walls

Osor, Croatia
Excellent
20%
Good
67%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 29 reviews

Osor Town Walls

Reviewed By Miha P - Maribor, Slovenia

Town with stone walls around the place is always interesting. But people from Osor seem to be tired and they care for some houses, Gardens, churches, sculptures and not for the wall. You can admire parts of the renaissance fortress. Interesting and older eastern part is hidden under grass, bushes and they don't care for tourists walking around without enough information. You get more on the exhibition in Mali Lošinj. Look at the picture,

6. Osor's Garden Sculptures

Osor, Croatia
Excellent
51%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
7%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 14 reviews

Osor's Garden Sculptures

Reviewed By Miha P - Maribor, Slovenia

Osor is a small, sleepy town. Interesting decoration on the main square, near the city walls and at some corners are bronze sculptures of famous people, musicians, composer Jakov Gotovac and even small marten, kuna in Croatian language. Sculptures are work of known or less known artists.

7. Cattedrale Di Osor

Osor | Proprio Nel Centro Del Pese Sullo Stretto, Osor 51554, Croatia +385 51 237 112
Excellent
27%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
27%
Poor
5%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 18 reviews

Cattedrale Di Osor

Reviewed By Miha P - Maribor, Slovenia

Cres and Mali Lošinj don’t have better, more elegant church architecture. It is stone masterpiece, elegant, mainly Renaissance, under influence from Venice. Very spacious interior is good for Concerts, main façade has interesting entrance. Independent bell tower stands near the church. Right from the parish church and former Cathedral is another but very small church.

8. St. Francis Friary and Church on the Island of Cres

Trg Svetog Frane 6, Cres 51557, Croatia +385 51 571 217
Excellent
40%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 10 reviews

St. Francis Friary and Church on the Island of Cres

Reviewed By Miha P - Maribor, Slovenia

When tourists are walking around the Cres - city, they usually visit the main parish church and local museum. Franciscan monastery is located not far from the new bus station. It has three interesting parts: church, big cloisters and smaller one (both with many carved details). They have also small museum – the place is closed in the lower season. If you are lucky, you can even walk around the garden. Monks are very helpful. You can admire a monument to Placido Cortese near the main entrance. He was killed by Germans during the WW 2 in Trieste.

9. Centar Za Odrzivi Razvoj Gerbin

Lubenice 26, 51557, Croatia
Excellent
30%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
7%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 13 reviews

Centar Za Odrzivi Razvoj Gerbin

Reviewed By LisaVienna4034 - Vienna, Austria

Arriving in the village of Lubenice feels like stepping back in time. It has small homes and buildings made of stone, with only a narrow winding lane through the entire village. From many vantage points there are views of the ocean, with a narrow trail winding down to the "Blue Lagoon." It costs one euro to park in the parking lot at the end of the village. There isn't much to do, but there are 3 places to eat, a small Sheep Breeding Museum (see photos), and a small church at the end of the village with lovely painted wood carvings inside (see photos). I don't think it merits a special trip to drive to travel to the island of Cres only to visit this village, but if you are staying in Cres or Losinkj, I think it's definitely worth a visit.

10. Beli Visitor Centre

Caput Insulae, Beli 51559, Croatia +385 51 840 525
Excellent
67%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 6 reviews

Beli Visitor Centre

Reviewed By Angela M - Verona, Italy

Having seen the griffon vultures with their massive wing span soaring above the island of Cres, we were recommended to visit this centre which rescues injured birds. You can now only see the birds via webcam, as previously they had become very agitated and unwell with visitors watching them closer up.
The centre is modern and very well laid out and gives loads of easily assimilated information (in excellent English) about the life of the birds. You can put on a headset and see what it's like from a bird'seye view. Apparently they can spot things as small as 7cm from a height of 1 kilometre! There is also plenty of interesting stuff about the history of life and work on the island of Cres
Known as both an Eco Centre and a Visitor Centre, it is extraordinarily difficult to find by car as there are absolutely no signs to it!! The very knowledgeable people at the centre acknowledged this was a major problem, and have apparently been asking the local council for ages ....... However, down on the beach in Beli there is a little train you can board that will take you up to the centre. You can't miss that - it's blue with massive pictures of the griffon vultures painted on to it!

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