Love the outdoors but hate the idea of roughing it? Then a glamping trip may be in your near future. Glamping is ideal for anyone who hates bug bites, bear spray, leaking tents and musty old sleeping bags. Short for “glamourous camping”, glamping is all about keeping it comfortable while enjoying the great outdoors. One key feature is that fabulous designer canvas tents can be hard to find and to price compare; one suggestion is to source one from Glamping specialist, Boutique Camping (linked to before). They have bell tents, as well, if you want to stay in something that looks like a mini marquee from medieval days of yore.
Electricity, and climate control functions are all part of the glamping experience. And forget sleeping on the hard ground – glampers not only often sleep on an air mattress, but several are treated to the comfort of a spring mattress.
If you’re ready to pack up the bell tents, the hiking shoes and get glamping, here are some of the top excursions in all of Europe.
Canna Camping Holidays in the Inner Hebrides, Scotland
This camping destination is ideal for anyone who’s looking for a full on retreat that still offers all of the comforts of home. Situated on the Isle of Canna, campers can rest in bell tents that include solar lighting and a wood burning stove. The washrooms and showers are just a stone’s throw away.
What really makes this site fun for a lot of visitors is the wildlife. Not only is there a thriving wild life, but you’ll be able to see amazing animals like basking sharks, minke whales, sea dolphins, sea eagles, puffins, and even orcas.
Eco Luxury Yurt Suite in Lanzarote
Forget having to bring your own tent; this campsite features a yurt that comfortably sleeps up to 5 campers. Venture inside of the yurt and you’ll be treated to beautiful interior that features wood flooring, rich fabrics, and numerous pieces of antique Mongolian furniture. There’s an outdoor kitchen for you to enjoy, a garden, and a full on marble bathroom.
There are a lot of things to do in the area as well. 200 metres away is a small sandy beach where you can catch some rays on a beautiful day, or you can visit the village of Arrieta and partake in some fishing with the locals. If you choose to stay around the campgrounds, then make sure that you take a dip in one of the solar-heated communal pools.
Belrepayre Airstream Trailer Park in Midi Pyrenees, France
If a retro-style campsite is what you seek, then head to the Belrepayre. Situated close to Mirepoix within the Pyrenees, pack up your own caravan or tent or hire one of the nine different vintage Airstreams that you’ll be able to find on site. Each Airstream has its own features and quirks, from the 1953 Silver Streak Clipper that’s outfitted with 1950s curtains and kitchen wear to the 1970s Melody Maker that includes a record player and records and tapes form the era.
The campsite itself is full of amenities, such as wooden hot tub, a general store, the “Apollo Lounge” and a Mongolian yurt. But make sure that you do venture out and enjoy the fresh fruits and vegetables that the nearby local farmer’s markets have to offer.
If you’ve got to the end of this article and didn’t realize that I didn’t make a typo when I used the word Glamping, then I recommend a little read of the wisegeek page on Glamping.