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Island Cres



The island of Cres is the largest Adriatic island and is located in the northern part of the Kvarner Bay. At the highest, northern, part of the island of Cres, extends a limestone ridge with several peaks over 600 m (Sis, 648 m and Gorice, 650 m). The central part of the island is made of the slightly undulating limestone plateau which decreases towards the south with numerous mild smaller karst valleys.

Apart fom island of Cres,Cres island area includes a number of small islands and ridges along it's coast. The biggest one among them is island Zeča (2,5km2); the rest of them are islands: Zaglav, Visoki, Pregaznik and Mišar – all of them situated along the west coast of island Cres; Čutin Veli and Čutin Mali islands – on the east coast on the 0,2km2 teritory. If it was for the geograpichal sence, we could also  include the islands Plavnik, Oruda, Palacol (Polačari) and Trstenik into the Cres island area, but because of it's cadaster registration, these small islands belong to other islands, more precisley: Plavnik „belongs“ to island Krk, Oruda and Palacol to island Lošinj, and Trstenik to island Rab jurisdiction.

While the coastal islands of the Croatian coast  Rab, Krk and Pag, extend parallelly to and facing the cold storm of its upper sides, using the benefits of sunny leeward, the island of Cres stretches from the northeast to the southwest and is subjected to a crash of two contrasting climates: sub-Mediterranean in the north part of the island and Mediterranean in the central and southern part of the island. This is clearly noted in the island vegetation that gradually changes from deciduous trees in the north to the Mediterranean plants on the south.

On the island of Cres there are particularly visible differences between the west coast, which faces the open sea and southerly winds, and its east coast which is particularly exposed to the winter storm wind gusts. Lying in the border region between continental and Mediterranean areas, Cres often experiences two different types of forecasts at the same time: the clouds and rain on the north and the bright and sunny weather in the southern parts of the island.

In the south the island of Cres is connected by a bridge with the island of Lošinj. Cres is a mountainous island 66 km long and 2-12 km wide. The coastline is indented and around 248 km long; it is abundant with many coves and pebble beaches along the westerly and southerly part, while northerly and easterly parts are wreathed by steep and rough rocks.

One of the special attractions of this region is the freshwater Vrana Lake; it is 5.5 km long and 1.5 km wide with the surface of 5.75 sq km.The lake is above sea level, and its bottom is below sea level at a depth of 74m. Cres is characterized by great contrasts between the northern sub-Mediterranean part, and central and southern Mediterranean part which is abundant in barren land pastures and thick macchia.

The great wealth of flora and fauna, with an exceptional number of endemic species, is a real challenge for nature lovers. One of the last habitats of rare bird - the griffon vulture - is located on Cres.




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