Being as close as possible to nature and yet not having to sacrifice comfort? Glamping is the right solution! The term glamourous camping has not been around for very long, but the unusual way of travelling is already a trend that is becoming increasingly popular. We explain what glamping is and introduce you to some exciting destinations.
What is glamping?
Glamping – a new buzzword of the last years. It is about combining adventure and love of nature with comfortable and high-quality furnishings, thus creating the ideal link between camping and hotel holidays. Glamping is therefore suitable for adventurers who prefer to fall into a comfortable bed in the evening rather than sleep in a tent on a mattress, and who also enjoy more luxurious facilities and amenities such as heating or running water. In addition, this type of travel has the advantage that you do not have to carry all your utensils around and laboriously put up and take down tents. Glamping also makes the risk of frozen, damp nights a thing of the past – without having to change to the resort holiday style. Glamping accommodations can include tents, lodges, tree houses and mobile homes. We will introduce you to some extraordinary accommodations in Europe – as a suggestion for your next holiday!
Glamping highlights in Europe
If you want to try glamping at home first, Vals is the place to be. From the end of May to the end of October, the Hängelahütte offers guests the Mongolian feeling – with the glamping experience in a yurt. The impressive area invites you to hike and marvel. The combination of tent life in the mountains and amenities such as a comfortable bed makes the glamping heart beat faster!
Of course, France cannot be missed as a popular holiday destination. Friends of exceptional overnight stays will find what they are looking for in Vendée: at the castle campsite Camping Le Château de la Forêt. Here you can spend the night in the Bubble Room – as the name suggests, this is a spherical accommodation. The transparent ceiling offers a view of the (starry) sky and invites you to romantic nights and heavenly dreams! Those who find the Bubble Room too unusual can choose the alternative: a lodge tent for up to four people.
Italy is also a must on our list. Glamping Canonici di San Marco is located on the grounds of a 17th century farm and offers a choice of luxury tents. What they all have in common is the comfortable equipment and the luxurious ambience. Those who want to enjoy even more space have the possibility to book a tent suite. Another highlight: This glamping accommodation is only 30 minutes away from Venice and thus offers the ideal combination of country holiday and city sightseeing!
For all medieval fans there is a wonderful destination in the United Kingdom: Knight’s Glamping in Kent. On the grounds of Leeds Castle moated castle, you can stay in tournament style knight’s tents, where you can enjoy the comfort of a soft canopy bed and fireplace in a medieval atmosphere. Here, young and old alike can enjoy falconry, archery or a tour of the castle, taking you back to centuries past!
Croatia is the land of beautiful lake landscapes – no wonder that this tourist destination also offers glamping. One 99 Glamping, as the name suggests, offers 199 tents with luxurious facilities – directly by the beach. In addition to various tent styles with capacities for two to six people, there are even charging stations for electric cars. After excursions in the surrounding area – for example to Pula, a small town with historical sights and a fascinating history – a refreshing swim in the Adriatic Sea is all the more refreshing!
Especially cool: Glamping in winter
Glamping is not only for spring and summer! Even in the cold season, this type of travel is a great opportunity, as you can experience the magic of the winter landscapes up close, while enjoying yourself in the warmth.
The glass igloos at Levin Iglut in northern Finland are a great experience. The amenities include a large bed, a small kitchen and sometimes even a Jacuzzi. The highlight of this accommodation is the glass dome which offers you a view of the northern lights or the starry sky – snuggled in comfortably. In summer you can try your hand at gold washing and explore the area on foot, by boat or on horse or husky safaris. In winter you have even more possibilities: Husky, reindeer, horse, snowmobile, sleigh, and ice fishing safaris are offered. A particularly extraordinary adventure is the trip on an icebreaker!
You wish to be even closer to nature? In the igloo village of Zermatt you can build your own accommodation if you wish. If you prefer to move into the igloo directly, simply make yourself comfortable in the Romantic Suite or, if more space is needed, in the “Family & Friends” igloo – and build sculptures out of blocks of ice instead of an igloo. For relaxation, take a guided tour of the igloo village and find out some exciting information about the village. The Igloo Village is available at various locations in Switzerland, Germany and Austria.
So, will you try out glamping during your next holiday? We hope you enjoy exploring nature and relaxing in a comfortable bed! 😉