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East from Istria in the Kvarner Gulf lies Cres, an island of contrasts, of steep rocky cliffs to verdant forests, to mountain peaks that sometimes even get a sprinkling of snow. One of the reasons Cres is such a green and pleasant place is its lake, Vransko Lake, which catches the rainwater the fuels the abundance of growth – proof of which can also been seen in the air, the island is home of over 90 different species of bird, including owls, eagles and griffon vultures, who can be seen around the town of Beli. From this description one might get the impression that Cres is an unpopulated isle, but that's not the case, it's population stands at about three and a half thousand and it's one of the largest of Croatia's islands.

Get to Cres from Krk or the Istrian Peninsular. Cres is the largest town, but there are many small towns dotted across the island. Apart from eco-interested visitors the island attracts a lot of retirees to its scenic shores.

Written by  Jodie Kimbah.

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