The town of Cres is the largest settlement on the island of Cres and the second largest in the entire island group. The picturesque town is located on the west coast of the island and is the most important tourist center on Cres.
The settlement was already inhabited in the prehistoric period. Cres is a typical example of a town dominated by Venetian influence. Another name for the city would be island or small Venice. Many coats of arms on the facades and thresholds of the houses tell about the former status of the inhabitants, from blacksmiths, carpenters, fishermen and others. The old city center was once surrounded by city walls, and the city was entered through the city gates. Through the main city gate, people entered from the city square in the harbor. The current Renaissance shape of the door dates back to 1552, when it was restored. The houses to the right and left of the city gate covered the line of the old medieval wall. The town loggia is located in front of the gate, in the middle of the harbor. It stands on three slender columns from the 16th century. Daily public life used to take place in the lodge. Treaties were concluded, proclamations and court sentences were read, trade was made and rejoicing was done. A chain used to be attached to the front of the loggia, on the middle pillar. It is noticeable how her first joints have worn away the stone.
It was a shameful stone to which the Cres administration was supposed to tie various criminals in front of the public. Today, the locals sell the products of their land in the lodge, such as vegetables, fruit, vinegar, and the famous Cres olive oil.