If you are in a search for a beautiful, strongly nature related place for your vacation I deeply recommend you to try your luck on the island of Cres, you won’t be disappointed. Cres is not a strong, crowded tourist place that everybody is hungry to go to, but (and it is a big but!) numerous are for sure going to find many things that will make their departure very hard.

I don’t know where to start when talking about the island of Cres. General details like its size, tourist offer you can find almost anywhere on the Internet, also on one of my pages, but I wanted to share with you some other things that fascinated me personally on Cres.

The island of Cres is, in my opinion, one stunning island, a living example of the nature’s quiet harmony with people sharing each other’s existence and destiny. Just for a record – I am not the only one who thinks so.

island of Cres

The eastern part of a steep eastern coast of the island of Cres is domicile of white-headed eagles. Eagles just make more profound magic of a relationship between man and nature. That part of island Cres is also an ornithology park since the year 1986 and still existing in a good condition.

white-headed eagles

Northern crests of the island of Cres are practically unreachable, worned out by the wind. In spite to this fact, probably due to the natures will to exist, this northern part of the Cres has got surprisingly large forest (pine, oak, hornbeam) areas. Even climate conditions on the island are not the same on its whole area. Namely, there are noticeable differences among the northern and the southern part of the island. Northern part of the island of Cres has a standard temperature in January between 5 and 6 °C and a yearly rainfall of 900 – 1000 mm, while its southern part has 800 – 900 mm of a rainfall and the temperature 6 – 7 °C.

Because of the exposal of the eastern part of the island to the cold north wind bora, the western part of the island is evidently warmer and the soils are clearly more humid. I can see the logical thinking of the people which inhabited mainly the western part of the island of Cres.

The eastern part the same as the central part are significantly not as much populated.
On the island of Cres, in its central part is situated Vransko Lake. Vransko Lake is a natural pool of extremely clean water. It reaches its bottom on 68 metres below the level of the sea and its surface is usually around 13 metres above the sea level. It contains around 200 million cubic metres of water and is the major supply of water for two islands – Cres and Mali Losinj.

Camping Cres is one of the choices you will make if you want a vacation to stay incontact with a pure nature. On the island of Cres I recommend you to choose between these three camps I’ll present you now. One is a grand family camp with a lot of organised activities, also with its own FKK part. Other two are little pleasant tent camps which will offer you a possibility of a more independent and adjustable vacation.


Kovacine camp is positioned on a gorgeous little peninsula just a couple of kilometres away from the city of Cres. This camp is bounded by the beautiful blue sea and embraced by olive and pine trees. Kovacine is a perfect place for a vacation meant for all of the true nature and freedom lovers.


To be a nature and freedom devotee doesn’t mean you don’t have to like going out at evenings and go visiting some cultural and historical monuments, walk through the city and do a bit of shopping. For such people is Kovacine meant for. So, if you want to enjoy your freedom in pure nature and later to spend some time in a little urban surrounding – Kovacine is a perfect place for you to spend your holidays!


All needed services for a truly relaxing and pleasant vacation are offered in Kovacine camp. 15 hundred places for camping equipped by 5 modern sanitary knots, mobile campers for a rent, also rooms in the House Kovacine – all of this is just for a beginning. In Kovacine you will with no trouble find a place also if you are a naturist (FKK part).

Because of its various offers, you can say that Kovacine is a family camp. You can see that camp Kovacine is equipped also for disabled persons or people with some special needs like a special toilet, elevator to enter and exit the sea and other similar adjustments.

In the camp Kovacine you will have a supermarket, a restaurant, Pizza bar, snack bar, sweetshop, café bar, cocktail bar and a kiosk with souvenirs. If you need a gas facility, electricity plug, internet, car wash, lift for your boat, chemical WC; all of this you can get in the Kovacine. Inevitable are also children playgrounds, sweet water showers on the beach, fenced sandpit for children and the last but not the least first aid ambulance.

For sports enthusiasts there are offered basketball playgrounds, sand valley ball, morning gymnastic for children and also for adults and even diving, wind surfing and tennis courses. You can even rent yourself a boat.


For your children different activities are also organised like small schools of languages, customs and drawing, a disco, various excursions, biking and simply walking. Twice a week evening grill parties with an animation program and live music are organised. In this camp you can feel that everybody is trying to fulfil all of your wishes and comfort.

Clean nature and surrounding are emphasised values in the Kovacine camp. They have a blue flag and watchmen on the beach.

Camp Kovacine is a place you will talk about a long time after your vacation is over and you will for sure come back also the next year.


Brajdi is a little camp flanked by olive trees in the small gorgeous bay, around half a kilometre out of the city of Beli. In the Brajdi camp there is a place for 300 tents with inevitable sanitary knots with its facilities, showers and plugs for electricity power. One restaurant and a grocery shop are in camps surrounding the other one is in the city of Beli, same as the post office.


Valun is a fishing village in vicinity of which is positioned a pleasant tiny camp, on its small pebble beach. The camp is unreachable by a car, so you’ll have to bring your luggage by the handcarts from the nearby parking. This is just a small trouble if you see it like a trouble. Zdovice camp will pay you off with its charm and small place enjoyments.

Zdovice camp

Zdovice camp has got only 200 camping places to offer with of course sanitary knots with hot water and electricity.

In the village of Valun there is a restaurant with a simple but delicious local food. There is also a shop where you can buy yourself some necessaries if needed.


No doubt, you won’t have any problem getting on the island of Cres. Although, Cres is not the most often visited island, it has got really good connections with the mainland and with neighbour islands.

All ferries that will help you get to the island of Cres are run by the Jadrolinija. So, you can choose where the most suitable for you to go from is. You can go from the city of Rijeka directly to the city of Cres. In that case, your trip will last for about one hour and fifteen minutes. This trip can be very pleasant in nice whether.


About twenty minutes you will travel if you depart from Brestova (on the dry land close to Rabac) and dock in Porozina on the island of Cres. If you are already on theisland of Krk, you’ll have to go to the small town Valbiska and from there the ferry will get you in Merag on the island of Cres in about 30 minutes.

The island of Cres is the second by size after the island of Krk, between all of the Croatia’s islands. Cres is also connected directly to the island of Losinj by the mobile iron bridge that will safely take you over a narrow artificial canal.

There is also a good connection to the island of Cres from the capital of Croatia Zagreb. From Zagreb the bus departs in direction of the city of Cres and will get you there for about 4 and half hours. For this and other busses, try to contact Autotrans by phone or on the web.

If you are going to Croatia by a car, be sure to have a valid drivers licence and you will also need a green card of insurance. Watch out for the traffic in summer months – it can be very crowded on those roads, but there is no reason for panic.

If you want to avoid crowded roads and maybe you don’t enjoy ferries, in that case also the plane is a possibility. Namely, there are many regular flights to the airport of the island of Krk and to the airport in the town Pula. From those two destinations transport is organised to the hotel Kimen and also to the auto camp Kovacine.

In Croatia you will need for your expenses the Croatian money – KUNA. For 1 euro you’ll get about 7 kunas. Croatia is not an expansible country and everywhere you go, you’ll find good places to eat some of the delicious native food. People in Croatia usually speak English, often also Italian and German language and are very friendly and the most often prepared to help on everything – either to find a spot on the map or lead you to the best beach or place to eat.