Many consider European vacation destinations to fall into the class of chateaus and castles. But this isn’t the rule. The possibility of adding a touch of “roughing it” is still well within the realm of opportunity. We’ve partnered with GlampingHub to create a list of our favorite European glamping spots in 2019, ranging from yurts and tents to cabins and pods.
Wales may be the metaphorical redheaded stepchild of the United Kingdom, and sure there may not be a ton to do here, but for nature lovers, there are few better places to gaze upon the untarnished countryside. This incredibly charming hut in Knighton, a part of the centrally located Powys region, is a delightful British take on the tiny home phenomenon. The interior is decorated to imitate a cottage as it features rustic wood counter and tabletops, brass faucets, as well as window shutters. The ceilings are even adorned with Monet-esque paintings. For those desiring more traditional glamping, space can consider a neighboring yurt in Knighton.
Tucked away on an olive farm in the Syracuse province of Sicily, the property on which this tent is located will fulfill many people’s Italian fantasies. From the rolling hills lined with olive trees to the sun-soaked infinity pool to sipping local wine during a brightly colored sunset, this peaceful getaway gives off some Eat, Pray, Love vibes. While the tent is spacious and furnished with everything a glamper would need, the picturesque, and often overlooked city of Noto, is just a short distance away. Here, visitors can dive into the Mediterranean (or into a big bowl of pasta).
Disturbed only by cool afternoon breezes, not only is this little cabin private but its look seamlessly fits in with the surrounding area. The interior is minimally decorated, as the skeleton of the home is largely visible giving it a natural feel that serves as a good reminder to guests they are in fact glamping. With a large porthole-style window directly in front of the double bed, the cabin is illuminated by warm light that is great to wake up to. This hidden gem also has the distinct advantage of being less than an hour away from Lisbon. The Portuguese capital has become a hotspot in European travel because of its attractive façade, intriguing history, and lively population.
With its streamlined shape and modern interior, this glamping pod seems like a viable candidate for what living quarters on Mars might look like one day. The bright features indoors contrast nicely with the damp greenery of Northern England outdoors. Outside the cylindrical pod awaits woodland, an 18-hole golf course, and fishing lakes with on-site licensed bar and restaurant. While lounging in the wooden Jacuzzi guests can enjoy some tranquil seclusion and the sound of nearby nature.
On the outer edges of National Park Veluwezoom in Gelderland, these series of glamping tents welcome visitors all year round. The Netherlands’s oldest national park is well known as a destination for outdoorsmen and is often photographed for its rolling hills that are seasonally covered in purple wildflowers. Meanwhile, the safari tents are very family-friendly because they can accommodate as many as seven people; one room is equipped with bunk beds so is great for kids. The tent is also a rarity amongst glamping spots because it offers spaces for indoor family gatherings. This is best exhibited by the seven-person dining area, which is illuminated by a chic lighting feature as well as Christmas lights strung up throughout the tent home.
Ever wanted to sleep in a bubble? This may be people’s best shot. More than just a dome, this glamping accommodation has a plastic structure, which gives it the cool option of having a transparent roof, ideal for viewing the clear night sky. The view is equally stunning in the daylight. From the front of the dome, guests can see views of Tamadaba Natural Park, and beyond that all the way to the sea. That sea view is never far out of reach, as this spot is built on Gran Canaria, the largest of Spain’s Canary Islands off the northwestern coast of Africa. Because the islands are very popular vacation destinations, glampers can easily get to many activities. Those wanting to stick to mainland Spain can check out this A-frame tent in Catalonia.
So yurts may not immediately conjure up images of romance, but this particular yurt, in conjunction with its undeniably romantic South of France location, certainly appeals to glamper couples. Far enough away from the flurry of tourist activity in cities like Nice and Aix-en-Provence, the yurt serves as a true escape while vacationing in Europe. The outdoor deck is a great place to spend the majority of warm days either reading a book, cuddling in a hammock, or admiring the views of Mont Ventoux in the distance. Our other favorite French glamping destination is this tiny house near Bergerac.