We were looking forward to several days of sun and beach when we selected Camping Lanterna in Istria, Croatia. Our hopes were raised when we first saw the beautiful blue waters of the Adriatic and the beautiful countryside of The Istrian Peninsula. Miles of olive groves and grape orchards. Camping Lanterna, however, was far from rustic. It's more like a small town located in a beautiful bay. We tent camped, but the place is full of caravans, trailers, and RV's of all kinds. The actual beach is rather small, unless you want to swim off rocky shore land. The campground had ample and clean shroom facilities, kiosks for fresh bread, soft drinks, and newspapers. There are a couple of pretty good restaurants- good seafood and cevapacznici! There is also a supermarket and a shopping area. Traffic could be very heavy before and after the weekends and that was annoying! Employees were polite and professional. The water was lovely and there was plenty of opportunities for water sports. If you're of a certain age, don't camp near the Teen Club- the pulsing club music goes on too late!
If you're looking for a quiet, rustic camping experience, this isn't the place, but for those who want full facilities and don't mind spending a lot of money, this is the place. While you're there, don't forget to visit Porec, a beautiful, historic village down the road. Also check out Groznia (sp?) up on a mountain top in the country- ancient and artistic and worth the ride.
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