Lubenice is part of the Tentative list of Croatia in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.
Lubenice is an ancient fort city on the island of Cres on top of a 380 m high ridge. The site has prehistoric origins and it was known as Hibernitia in Roman Times. Today it has only 24 permanent inhabitants. Its urban structure is mostly medieval, complemented by baroque buildings such as chapels.
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Lubenice is a tiny village on the island of Cres, accessible by ferry only. Cres is also the name of the only town with restaurants and hotels where I met my Croatian BFF, who crazy enough thought it was a good idea to open up a vegetarian restaurant on the island. I don't know if she ever completed her dream but the reason I say it's crazy is because the island (and probably many islands in the area) are famous for delicious sheep meat (also olive oil). The sheep eat the healthy herbs and grass on the island and turn extra delicious - not that I tried.
But back to Lubenice. The morning after my stay in town I drove over to the village because there isn't that much to do on the island. At the time I wasn't aware of any tentative plans to put this into the world heritage list so I totally missed out on any "stone water reservoirs that are accessed by stone stairs" which are apparently so "monumental". The main reason I actually came here was because the sheep breeding museum is in the village, yes: shame on me. So my impression of the village is rather on the boring side, with a rather rundown village that managed to not collapse into the nearby sea or even worse: got overrun by sheep. I found a walk around the town more interesting than anything within its tiny area.
2005 Added to Tentative List
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