Kvarner newsletter / no 40

Lubenice beach, the island of Cres
Among the world's most beautiful beaches

Forget the exotic Seychelles or Bahamas: the world's most beautiful beaches are now to be found in places much closer to home, according to a survey of German holidaymakers. The survey's winning list of the world's 40 most beautiful beaches includes the beach below the quaint village of Lubenice on the island of Cres, where only the most able and most determined come to swim in summertime.

The hidden and hardly accessible beach below the enchanting village of Lubenice on the island of Cres has recently been declared one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The list of world's 40 most beautiful beaches was published in the famous newspaper Bild from Germany, which is one of the most important source markets.
The list has been compiled according to the popularity of individual beaches and destinations, and two important criteria were the area's natural features and clean sea. The selection included numerous beaches from Sardinia to New Zealand. Lubenice is listed in the first part of the list on the 15th place. Right after it is another famous Croatian beach – Zlatni rat in Bol on the island of Brač.
While the later has already received much media attention, the beach in Lubenice has until now remained rather "anonymous" – maybe because it is so hard to reach. On the other hand, this might be its best advantage!
To reach this beach, one has to walk down a narrow path from the village, which usually takes ca. half an hour. Lubenice is located at an elevation of 382 metres above sea level, offering magnificent views of the Kvarner Bay. Descending to the beach might not be a problem, but the ascent back after whole day of swimming is a real achievement! If you don't like walking on the steep rocky terrain, you can also reach this beach by boat and enjoy its crystal clear sea surrounded by Mediterranean vegetation.