The Guardian’s Kevin Rushby continues his discovery of Croatia in the slow lane on August 20, 2016, week two of a five week discovery of the Adriatic coast and islnads on foot. This week Cres.
A novel way of discovering the Adriatic coast and islands which doesn’t cost very much – on foot. The Guardian set off on his five week trip from Motovun to Split last week. Read about the first installment here.
This week the island of Cres.
“If there is one thing to learn about Croatian islands, it’s that they are all different. Pag, for example, is all cheese and chalk, while Hvar is lavender and langoustines. But Cres is new to me and I want to know more about the joint-largest of the country’s 718 islands (only 47 of which are inhabited). On the map it’s a weird-looking, elongated creature, said by the ancient Greeks to be the body of Apsyrtus, murdered by Jason and his Argonauts. I’m on a hiking trail across the northern head of the island, the Tramuntana, and I’m on a Roman road. Not just the site of one, you understand, but the very cobbles laid down 2,000 years ago, although a local guide warned me that one short section was recently resurfaced – “by Napoleon”.”