Not quite camping but with all the same benefits, glamping has swept over Europe in the last couple of years. And with the endless spots of natural beauty the continent has to offer, it’s no surprise really. Whether you stay for a night or a week, glamping is a great way to explore Europe.
If you love being surrounded by nature and switching off, but don’t really love roughing it, there’s a good chance you’ll love glamping. There are loads of places to try glamping in Europe, many of which will take you to some real hidden gems you might not have heard of. Others come with iconic views and landmarks just a short walk away.
With so many ‘glampsites’ to choose from, I asked fellow travel bloggers to share their favourite glamping breaks. There’s a real mix of everything in here, so I’m sure you’ll find at least one to add to your Europe bucket list!
#1 Big Berry, Slovenia
My most recent glamping experience – and one that’s going to be hard to beat! – was at Big Berry. Big Berry is a lifestyle resort… and so much more. The thing I love most about Big Berry is that it’s about more than luxury camping. Big Berry is an experience as much as it is a glamping resort, and it’ll leave you completely rejuvenated.
You might go to Big Berry to get away from it all, but you’ll get so much more. With the brand’s many local partners, you’ll get a taste of local life and an insight into this small Slovenia community. It’s unlike anywhere else I’ve ever been, and it’s somewhere you need to go and experience for yourself.
#2 Blair Castle Camping Pods, Scotland
Recommended by Becky The Traveller
The Cairngorms is one of Scotland’s beautiful National Parks and it is a wonderful place to visit as there’s so much to explore. Blair Castle Camping Pods in Blair Atholl are a great place to book to turn your camping trip into a glamping holiday, with the bonus of being outdoors but with the added luxury.
I’ve stayed in camping pods before, most are just a wooden shell but the camping pods at Blair Castle were an amazing surprise as they are a new and modern design. Inside there’s a lovely leather corner sofa which converts into a double bed, there’s also a small heater and lighting.
Blair Castle Camping Pods are the perfect place to explore this part of the Cairngorms. You can visit Blair Castle and its beautiful gardens, which is practically on the doorstep. But also there are some amazing walks in the area, all the trails are colour coded so very easy to follow and after a full day outside in the fresh air, you have your lovely camping pod to return to.
#3 La Roulotte Beaujolaise, France
Recommended by Nomadic Boys
One of the most romantic glamping experiences we had in Europe was at the La Roulotte Beaujolaise, located in the famous Beaujolais wine region of France. A roulotte is a French countryside caravan, which is traditionally used by gypsies. Spending a night in one will definitely tap into your Bohemian spirit!
La Roulotte Beaujolaise offers roulottes that have been refurbished to a high comfort, which includes a kitchenette with full amenities, private garden and of course bathroom, washroom and toilet. We went for a weekend getaway and loved it. They also have a spa and huge Jacuzzi – the ideal place for a romantic moment, lots of pampering and a nice glass of Beaujolais, bien sûr!
The Roulotte Beaujolaise is located around 50 miles (80km) north of Lyon, which is France’s very pretty 3rd city. Check out our guide to get from Lyon airport to the city centre and the surrounding regions.
#4 Wild Dôme, France
Recommended by Luxe Adventure Traveler
Glamping might seem like a summer only experience, but when you can glamp on a ski slope in the Pyrenees under a star-filled sky you’ll definitely want to glamp in winter.
Wild Dôme is set at 1600 meters just under the Pic de Ger in Gourette, France. Once the ski resort closes for the evening, the slopes are entirely yours. You can relax in a jacuzzi under the stars or go on a snowshoe hike while looking out for wildlife like the fox that like to come out and play. Dinner complete with champagne is served right in your igloo and there’s hardly a more romantic setting than the solitude of being on a ski slope while snowflakes gently float to earth.
Wild Dôme leaves you wanting for nothing with a full bathroom, wood burning stove, and even a mini kitchen all inside your igloo. And in the morning, you can ski right out your door to be the first on the freshly groomed slopes.
#5 Glen Nevis, Scotland
Recommended by Veggie Vagabonds
After growing up in the UK and spending years travelling the world it was only at the age of 27 I visited Scotland. Wanting to make the most of our first visit we cycled from Wales to Scotland and camped along the way. Scotland is filled with unrivalled outdoor adventures and majestic camping spots but the further north you travel the better it all becomes.
Glen Nevis sits at the foot of the highest peak in the UK: Ben Nevis, and is a breathtaking glamping spot. The accommodation can vary from swanky teepees with wood burners and rustic interiors to minimal glamping pods with stylishly modern interiors. Your accommodation however is very much the side story; it’s your surroundings that will steal the show.
Towering mountain passes and peaks are home to glistening moss, waterfalls and streams leading to pristine lakes. All of these natural wonders are linked by hiking trails so you can spend the day embracing the outdoors and then retreat back to your glamping station and put your feet up in front of the fire!
#6 Dinas Glamping in Snowdonia, UK
Recommended by Travel Hacker Girl
If you are looking for a nice romantic weekend getaway, glamping in Snowdonia might be for you. I spent Easter bank holiday weekend at a bell tent with my boyfriend, which had its own private wood-fired hot tub. Dinas Camping, Glamping and Caravan Park is a great place if you like nature but also want some luxury. The bell tent was spacious for the two of us. It had a big, comfy bed and the electric blanket and electric stove fan heater kept us warm during our stay.
The site has a small lake, where guests can use a Canadian canoe free of charge. However, the highlight of the place is definitely the hot tub. Can you imagine anything more romantic than sitting in the hot tub stargazing with your loved one? The area has lots of hiking trails and beaches so there is a lot to do during your stay.
#7 Little White Alice in Cornwall, UK
Recommended by The Discoveries Of
Cornwall is the perfect destination for a glamping break – with wild and rugged beaches, seemingly endless countryside and gorgeous towns to explore, there’s something for everyone.
One of my favourite parts of my Cornwall itinerary was our stop at off-the-beaten-path glamping spot Little White Alice. A small cluster of eco-friendly wooden arks set amidst a working smallholding in the middle of the Cornish countryside sounds pretty blissful right? It is.
The cosy arks are compact, but well thought out. You can set off on long hikes straight from your front door – but chances are you will be tempted by the site’s cute Wild Spa. Chilling in the wood-fired sauna and jacuzzi is the perfect way to relax after a day’s adventure.
#8 Cabanes de Marie in Geneva, Switzerland
Recommended by Faramagan
“If like us, you love finding quirky accommodation on your travels, head to Les Cabanes de Marie around 1 hour from Geneva, Switzerland. Nestled just outside the fairytale-like village of Ogens, it is home to 3 stunning tree houses and one gypsy wagon – each named after the owner’s 4 children.
You can order traditional Swiss fondue which will be delivered in a basket to the foot of your tree house, ready for you to pull up and enjoy with a beer or wine. Then spend your evening watching the stars from an eco hot tub before waking up to a traditional breakfast complete with homemade honey and fresh coffee delivered via a quirky pully basket. A stay here is truly unforgettable!
#9 Garden Village near Lake Bled, Slovenia
Recommended by Safarinomad
Just a short walk from Lake Bled, the most visited tourist attraction in Slovenia, you will find luxury glamping accommodation. Garden Village resort is nestled on a unique location, at the heart of a magnificent forest.
This extraordinary resort includes 4 types of accommodation. Each one of them is stunning and will provide you with a romantic and relaxing atmosphere. Tree houses are set up among treetops. Glamping Tents offer more privacy, have their own gardens, enough space for playing with children and a hot wooden tub. The pier tents are located above the stream and each tent features its own terrace, and the apartments come with a jacuzzi.
What makes this place extraordinary is the gorgeous nature which surrounds the resort. In summer you can treat yourself to a swim and sunbathe on a small beach, relax in a Finnish sauna or rent a bike and exploring Bled with its surroundings. You can read more about Glamping in Bled in this guide from Safarinomad.
#10 Europcamp in Guincho, Portugal
Recommended by Two Find A Way
The Guincho area in Cascais, less than an hour away from Lisbon, is the perfect destination for nature lovers. Finding accommodation in this region can be challenging, but the Eurocamp facilities in the town offer the perfect place to take in the nature, just a short walk from the beach.
You get all the benefits of camping, being right in the middle of nature, specifically the Sintra-Cascais Nature Park, with all the comfort you can ask for, that makes us love glamping. The mobile homes available include private bedrooms, a living and dining area, an equipped kitchen, a full bathroom and an outdoor porch with sea views. The welcome packages include everything you might need during your stay. In the park there is a pool, tennis court, and plenty other facilities for you to enjoy.
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