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Day 5: Susak - Unije - Cres

7 day route from Pula to the islands of the Kvarner Bay


The “olive island” of Unije is the region of tranquility. Low hills overgrown with Mediterranean vegetation come directly to the coastline; Illyrian forts and an Ancient Roman villa seem to invite you to walk along old walls; pebble beaches are washed by azure water of the Adriatic Sea. You’ll find a couple of delightful konobas in the village of Unije – home-style restaurants ready to bring you joy with excellent regional dishes.


The city of Cres is located in the northeast of a wide gulf, which has been a reliable protection from storms from ancient times. This was the reason for arrangement of a large, state-of-the-art marina with numerous berths to the south of the city. The main architectural and historical sights of the island are located conveniently in Cres, for example, the Valun plate, the oldest monument of the Glagolitic writing system, is kept in the local Lapidarium museum.

Cres competes with Krk for the title of the biggest island of the Kvarner archipelago. The island was already inhabited in ancient times and was subjected to influence of various periods and cultures: Ancient Rome, Byzantium, Venice, Austria. The main cities of the island are Osor, Lubenice and Cres, with a sizable yacht pier located not far from it. The rich history of the island gave tourists numerous cultural and architectural monuments: the triple city gates, the Lapidarium museum, the Arsan-Patrice palace. Especially noteworthy is fresh water Lake Vrana (Vransko) – the source of drinking water for residents of the islands of Cres and Lošinj. Diving fans won’t be left without entertainment either – one can see what is left of the shipwrecked Lina by Cres shores.