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Cres Island Travel Guide

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A lovely, pastoral sweep of land in the Adriatic, Cres is accessible by ferry from the mainland. Getting there, however, is worth the trip, as the island invites exploration of the streets, footpaths, hilltop towns, and waterfront promenades from Greek, Roman, and Renaissance eras, in addition to a wild, rustic landscape. With periods of Slavic, Venetian, Austrian, French, and Italian rule, the landmarks and memoirs are diverse. Sheepherding is an important industry on the island, and products made from wool, sheepskins, and sheep's milk, as well as delicious lamb dishes served in local restaurants, pay homage to the shepherd's work. Take the car/bike/passenger ferry from Brestova or Valbiska; take the fast catamaran from Rijeka; or bring your own boat over and dock at the marina. Bike and car rentals are available for exploring all of the towns on the island.

Where is Cres Island?

Cres is one of the northern islands in the Kvarner Gulf of Croatia. It can be reached via ferry from Rijeka, the island Krk, or from Brestova in the Istrian peninsula. It has an area of about 150 square miles and population of around 3,000.

Cres Island Tourist Board

Cons 10, Cres
+385 (0) 51 571 535


Attractions and Activities on Cres Island

1. Frane Petric Square: Scene of public announcements and festivals under Venetian rule
2. Ruta: Fascinating local collective that promotes the cultural tradition of wool weaving and felting
3. Cres Gate: 16th-century gate , topped by a blue-faced clock and coats of arms
4. Hidden Coves: Cres is indented with coves, some large and wide and some small and well hidden
5. St. Mary of the Snow Church: Renaissance portal and the carved wooden pietà from the 15th c.
6. Rovenska Harbor: Very quiet place with nice romantic restaurants
7. Lubenice: Village placed on 380m high rock from where the view ends where sea and sky meet
8. Osor: Small and partially fortified town, a place of music and sculptures
9. Visit Losinj: Take a boat and visit nearby Losinj, beautiful twin island to Cres
10. Beaches: Cres has a lot of small, intimate beaches, as well as large, busy beaches


Restaurants, Bars, and Cafes on Cres Island

1. Restaurant Na Moru: Mediterranean cuisine; Via Valun 65, Cres;
2. Konoba Bukaleta: Mediterranean cuisine; Loznati 9a, Cres;
3. Bistro Melin: Mediterranean, Bistro; Melin 2/22, Cres;
4. Gostonica Belona: Croatian cuisine; Set. 23. Travnja 24 Cres;
5. Restaurant MaMaLu: Fish specialties, Local cuisine; Valun 13A, Cres; 

Hotels and Accommodations on Cres Island

1. Hotel Kimen: Beautiful green hotel; 3-star; $; Melin I/16, Cres;
2. Villa Lavanda: Nice rooms; 3-star; $; Melin I/13;
3. Apartments Mara Cres: Apartments; 4-star; $; Sklanica 2, Cres;
4. Apartments Pongrac: Apartments; 3-star; $; Sklanica 7, Cres;
5. Villa Mangolija: Apartments; 4-star; $$; Put Brajdi 14, Cres; 


Camps near Cres Island

1. Camp Kovacine: Great beaches, good camp; 3-star; Melin I br. 20, Cres;
2. Camping Brajdi: Nice camp; 2-star; Sv. Petar 1a, Beli, Cres;
3. Camping Slatina: Awesome camp; 4-star; Martinscica 92, Martinscica, Cres;
4. Naturist Baldarin: Naturist camp; 3-star; P. kriza bb, Punta Kriza, Cres;
5. Camping Zdovice: Nice location, fine camp; 1-star; Valun bb, Valun; 

Google Map of Recommendations for Cres Island

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EU Open House: Explore Istria and Croatia at the Croatian Embassy

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EU Open House

The Delegation of the European Union to the United States and the Embassies of 28 EU Member States to the United States will open their doors to the Washington public during the EU Embassies’ Open House Day. This annual event is the highlight of the Washington spring calendar and will be celebrated on May 14th, 2016.

Each embassy will open their doors to the public from 10 am until 4 pm, offering a rare look inside the buildings. The day will provide a unique opportunity to experience the country’s cultural heritage and national traditions.

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Croatian Embassy

Come visit the Croatian Embassy to take a journey through this unique land of a thousand islands and enjoy sights of magical nature and rich cultural heritage. Savor the wine from the sunny Dalmatian slopes, a place from where Zinfandel traces its roots. Plan your next trip and discover Croatia, the newest star of the European Union!

Address: 2343 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

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Explore Istria

At the Croatian Embassy, I will host the Istria station where you can:
  • Pin places you've visited in Istria
  • Get a free travel brochure about Istria
  • Get a free map of Istria
  • Ask questions about Istria
  • Meet and chat with others who've been to Istria

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It's going to be a FUN day with great food, wine, and people. Looking forward to seeing you at the Embassy!


Around 3,000 people visited the Croatian Embassy. There was wine tasting and sampling of various Croatian products, lots of pictures, and just a fun all-day event for everyone. Visit Croatian Embassy Facebook page for event highlights.

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Many visitors stopped the Istria and Croatia pinning station, sharing their favorite destinations in Istria and Croatia.

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Thanks to all who visited - it was a pleasure meeting you all!

Learn Croatian with HR4EU

HR4EU learn croatian

HR4EU is a free of charge e-learning portal that offers you an opportunity to learn Croatian, as well as to learn more about Croatia and Croatian gastronomy, culture and history. The portal also offers you practical information that you may find useful if you come to work or study in Croatia.


HR4EU is developed at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb and funded by European Union, European Social Fund.

HR4EU Courses

There are 3 general courses:

  • Beginner course
  • Intermediate course
  • Advanced course

Also, there are two specialized courses:

  • Croatian for business users
  • Croatian for students

Additional resources from HR4EU 

HR4EU also offers:

  • Interactive maps presenting Croatia: culture, history, nature, foods & drinks, etc.
  • Useful information when staying in Croatia
  • Video tutorials for language resources to improving your language skills

ShareIstria 2016: Discover Istria, Croatia

ShareIstria 2016

This is the second year of the ShareIstria campaign in which Istria Tourist Board invited travel influencers, bloggers, photographers and anyone interested in visiting Istria to apply for a chance to win a 7-day visit to Istria, Croatia.

The application period has closed and ShareIstria selected the ShareIstria 2016 contestants. Follow their adventures on the follow #ShareIstria page.

ShareIstria 2015

I participated in week 9 of ShareIstria 2015. What a great way to see the many wonderful offerings of Istria!

Discover Istria, Croatia

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Senj Travel Guide

Senj, Croatia

The oldest town on the coast of the upper Adriatic, Senj was first settled on a hillside around 400 B.C. At the foothills of the Mala Kapela and Velebit Mountains, its location is a favorable one for lookouts and fortresses. In fact, the symbol of the town is the Nehaj Fortress, constructed around 1558 to protect Habsburg boundaries. Wars with the Ottomans and Venetians took their toll, as did WWII, when Paris took over the port to replenish supplies. The Luftwaffe began bombing the French, and demolished about half of the city's existing architecture. The city still treasures its old buildings, and keeps track of its history and artifacts in museums, but modern Senj draws crowds mainly for its beaches, dining, nightlife, and summer carnival.

Where is Senj?

Senj is an old town on the upper Adriatic coast in Croatia that dates to prehistoric times. Senj has a population of about 7,000 inhabitants.

Senj Tourist Board

Stara cesta 2, Senj
+385 (0)53 881068

Attractions and Activities in Senj

1. Fort Nehaj: 18m wide symbol of Senj, built in 1558 under general Ivan Lenkovic
2. Northern Velebit Park: Offers half-day and whole-day excursion programs for groups of visitors
3. Beaches: Most famous beach is the city beach Skver which is partly gravel and partly concrete
4. Plitvice Lakes: Take a trip to nearby famous Plitvice National Park
5. Danicic Palace: Palace of a pirate (uskoks) family from the 15th century on Trg zrtava fasizma
6. Pavao Vitezovic Fountain: On a modern style fountain stands the bust of historian Pavao Vitezovic
7. Tower Sabac: One of the few remains of the city wall and its fortifications
8. Carved Heads of Uskoks: In the museum, dozens of stone heads of Uskok citizens are on display
9. Blaz Baromic Statue: Statute of an important person in the development of the glagolic script
10. Sports: Enjoy diving, sailing, fishing, hiking. hunting or cycling

Nehaj castle in Senj, Croatia

Restaurants, Bars, and Cafes in Senj

1. Restaurant  Kresimir: Croatian cuisine; Obala k. Zvonimira 10, Senj;
2. Konoba Gajeta: Croatian cuisine; Ulica F. Vukasovica bb, Senj;
3. Restaurant Manjan: Croatian cuisine; Krasno 109, Senj;
4. Konoba Lavlji Dvor: Croatian cuisine; Petra Preradpvića 2, Senj;
5. Bistro Potok: Mediterranean cuisine; Potok 2, Senj;

Hotels and Accommodations in Senj

1. Guesthouse Maro: Great rooms; 3-star; $; Paska 24, Senj;
2. Apartments Laura: Nice apartments; 3-star; $; Ante Starcevica 49, Senj;
3. Apartments Kate: Nice apartments; 3-star; $; Krcka 8, Senj;
4. Apartment Jo: Nice apartments; 3-star; $; Paska 10, Senj;
5. BC Beach Apartments: Nice apartments; 3-star; $; Stara Cesta 2b, Senj;

Camps near Senj

1. Camp Ujca: Wonderful location; 2-star; Vucja draga bb, Sveti Juraj;
2. Camp Klenovica: Cool camp; 2-star; Klenovica bb, Klenovica;
3. Camp Kozica: Lovely camp; 2-star; Jadranska cesta bb, Klenovica;
4. Camp Skver: Nice beaches; 2-star; Plaža bb, Senj;
4. Mini Camp Bunica: Fine camp; 2-star; Bunica bb, Senj;

Google Map of Recommendations for Senj

See ART Google Map for additional recommendations of places to see and things to do in Senj.

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Best of Istria, Croatia - 2016 Survey

Istria - One of World's Top Travel Destinations

Istria is one of world's top travel destinations, with just over 3.5 million visitors in 2015.

Visit the Best of Istria Google interactive map to see some of the best attractions of Istria.

Where is Istria?

Istria ("Istra" in Croatian) is the largest peninsula of the Adriatic and is the westernmost county of Croatia with an area of 2,820 km2 (triangle Dragonja, Kamenjak, Ucka).

Best of Istria Survey

Best of Istria survey is now in progress.

Vote for YOUR FAVORITES in Istria and help others discover and experience Best of Istria.

Survey closes on June 30, 2016. Results will be published in July 2016.