According to iamhigher, Cres is the largest island in the Adriatic Sea (Europe) that is part of Croatia. The capital of Cres is the eponymous Cres. A number of major cities on Cres are: Osor, Martinscica and Valun.
Cres is a mountainous island with lots of greenery. The entire island is a protected nature reserve which attracts many hikers. The coastline of Cres is rocky with several pebble beaches. There are many dolphins in the waters around the island. Furthermore, the island is known for its great diversity of flora and fauna. There are more than 1500 plant species and about 200 bird species.
Where is Cres located?
Travel information of Cres
Official name: Cres
Area: 405.7 km²
Country code: HR, HRV
Population: 4,000 inhabitants (2018)
Form of government: Republic
Highest point: 648 m (Gorice)
Distance (Amsterdam – Cres): 1,050 km
Flight time: about 3 hours (then boat from Krk (25 minutes))
Current status: No special security risks.
Current color code: Green.
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), there may be (temporary) measures in place on Cres that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs from Cres, please visit Countryaah.
On our travel offer page you will find an overview of reliable travel organizations that offer complete trips and holidays to Cres. In addition, you will find an overview of separate travel components (hotels and airline tickets) with which you can compile your ideal trip yourself.
Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, hiking map, cycling map, book or DVD about Cres?
Weather and climate
Cres has a Mediterranean climate. In the winter months the temperatures are around 10 degrees and in the summer months around 25 to 30 degrees.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for Cres can be found on our extensive weather page.
May, June, July, August and September are the best months to travel to Cres. In these months you have the best chance of good weather.
Croatian is the official language on Cres.
Would you like to translate from or into Croatian for free? Use the Google translator for this.
You must have a valid identity card or passport.
A visa is not necessary.
Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in Croatia: netherlandsworldwide.nl.
Dutch consulates in Croatia (also for Cres): netherlandsworldwide.nl.
Embassy of Croatia in the Netherlands: nl.mfa.hr.
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.
It is advisable to get one or more vaccinations before visiting Cres.
For extensive vaccination advice and to make a vaccination appointment at home, please visit Thuisvaccinatie.nl. You can also see here whether your health insurance reimburses the vaccination(s).
Money and Currency matters
On Cres you pay with the Croatian kuna (HRK).
The current position of this currency (currency, currency) can be found on our exchange rate page.
An overview of all ATMs on Cres can be found on our ATMs page.
The prices on Cres are a lot lower than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is -32% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (53% cheaper), food (27% cheaper), imported beer in catering (40% cheaper), cigarettes (46% cheaper) and public transport (53% cheaper). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.
On Cres it is customary to tip. If this has not already been included in the bill, it is customary to tip approximately 5-10%.
There is no time difference with the Netherlands.
Summer time on Cres is the same as in the Netherlands.
The local time, date and time zone of Cres can be found on our time difference page.
Traffic and route
On Cres you have to drive on the right.
You do not need an international driver’s license to drive and/or rent a motor vehicle on Cres.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within Cres.
On Cres the same plugs and sockets are used as in the Netherlands.
More information about electricity on Cres can be found on our electricity page (see Croatia).
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 92 or 112
– Fire: 93 or 112
– Ambulance: 94 or 112
Tap water is safe to drink.
News and newspapers
The latest news related to Cres can be found on Google news.
An overview of the newspapers from Cres (Croatia) can be found on Abyznewslinks.
Websites from Cres end in.hr.
Cres official website: tzg-cres.hr.
The country code (international access number) to call someone on Cres is 00385 or +385.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from Cres? Then use the Dutch country code 0031 or +31.
(If using a country code, omit the leading 0 of the number to be called.)
Telephone numbers can be found in the Cres Telephone Directory.
Company details can be found in the Golden Pages of Cres.
Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos of Cres.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of Cres videos.
An overview of all holidays on Cres can be found on Beleven.org.
Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotels and holiday homes), restaurants and destinations on Cres, supplemented with photos, videos and places of interest.
Nature and world heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) on Cres can be found on Protected Planet.
Cres is not on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to Cres? On the IATA website you will find an overview of the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol, medicines and money, among other things. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. In addition, on this website you will find the laws and regulations regarding the importation of pets and a list of everything that Cres may not be imported and/or exported.
Entrepreneurship and doing business
If you intend to do business on or do business with Cres, it is wise to prepare well. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency can help you with this. On PaulSourcing.com you will find a large amount of information about Cres, including: opportunities, import and export rules, trade figures, do’s and don’ts, product requirements, business partners and subsidies.
Below you will find relevant legislation and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to Cres.
– Alcohol: Buying and/or drinking from the age of 18.
– Alcohol and traffic: The maximum permitted alcohol content is 0.5 (0 for novice drivers under 24).
– Tobacco: Buying and/or smoking from the age of 18.
– Smoking ban: In public places.
– Homosexuality: Allowed
Did you know that…
…Cres is the largest island in the Adriatic Sea?
…The waters on the southeast side of Cres belong to a dolphin reserve?