Do the local delicacy justice by heading about 5km from Cres town to the hilltop village of Loznati and the Konoba Bukaleta, where a family lovingly raises their own lambs and then serves them fresh. Get beyond mint sauce with lamb spit-roasted, grilled and cooked several other ways. The bread and olive oil are own-made. It’s relaxing, with lush green surroundings and welcoming servers, but also popular, so book ahead.
One of the largest but least developed of Croatia’s islands, the relatively untouched gem of Cres is a rugged wilderness containing the famously-produced Cres olive oil, 80 breeding pairs of the rare griffon vultures and 3,000 full-time human residents. The island has two distinct landscapes, verdant in the north, the Tramuntana, and barren to the south. The north contains the two settlements of Beli – home to the Caput Insulae Eco Centre, which works to protect rare resident birds – and Cres town, with its café-lined harbour.
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