The town of Cres (see map) is so similar to Italian fishing ports that one may become uncertain whether he is still on the Croatian side of the border. Picturesque terraced houses, in beautiful pastel shades, swim in the afternoon sunlight around the port. Cres seems to be a sleepy little town languished by the sun, even in the peak season, though at this time of the year the port is abound with different kinds of boats. The Italian influence dates back to the 15th century, when Venetians living on the island moved their seat to Cres after Osor had fallen prey to the Black Death. Along the port public buildings and patrician halls were built, and in the 16th century a city wall was erected by the Venetian authorities.As we walk along the streets, we can find many traits of the one-time Italian rule, for example the blazons of prestigious Venetian families.