Not everyone is a fan of camping.
Most people still abide by the notion of “I’m on a holiday and I deserve to go all out”.
And that doesn’t include, of course, sleeping on the floor or being exposed to the whims of Mother Nature.
But what if I told you that right now you have incredibly comfortable, ecological and affordable camping options throughout Europe (and the world, really!)?
Do I have your attention?
Then read on.
The super “glamorous” examples (hence the name given to this new style of accommodation, Glamorous + Camping = Glamping) you’ll find in this article will allow you to enjoy nature without having to suffer back pain, feel hot or cold, or sleep with fear of being attacked by the local fauna.
Glamping in Spain for travellers over 50
Located at the foot of Sierra Bermeja (near Málaga), at an altitude of approximately 450 m, this old farm extends over more than 17 hectares of land around the Genal River and its valley.
Each of the tents (or Yurts) at Cloud House Farm are handmade and incorporate private wooden terraces, private kitchen and shower.
Sustainability is the golden rule in Cloud House, and it shows in the effort invested in bioarchitecture, solar panels, the use of rainwater, the natural waste and water recycling system and the biological products used to upkeep this wonderful space.
In addition to being able to enjoy the privileged natural environment of the Los Reales National Park of Sierra Bermeja, at Cloude House Farm you are only a stone throw away from very picturesque towns such as Genalguacil, Ronda and Marbella.
Prices from: €70 for 2 persons per night.
Yes, this is where you literally get to sleep in a treetop.
Can you imagine?
Camouflaged among the foliage of the dense forests of the Basque Country, the cabins have been decorated in a natural and minimalist style that blends perfectly well with the privileged environment in which they seem to float.
Wake up to the incomparable views of the fir trees and the singing of the birds almost in your ear!
Enjoy breakfast (which curiously will appear on your balcony, raised by the owners with a basket and a rope) in the privacy and serenity of your lovely circular cabin!
No, there is no water and electricity on your private fir tree, but all the other comforts you can expect at this point in one of the best glamping sites in all of Spain.
Prices from: € 150 for 2 persons per night.
Accessible to visitors exclusively during the summer season, in «Another World» you’ll enjoy your own “dome” on a private plot, away from the daily hustle and bustle.
Open the door of the charming clay structure and discover a vintage retro space full of recovered furniture and treasures discovered on the same mountain where the property is located.
Your little house has a bathroom with a solar shower and a composting toilet.
Feel like going on a hike through the natural paradise around you?
Book your breakfast box and have the owners prepare it for you with local products and organic vegetables from their own garden.
You can also enjoy its wonderful natural pool with water from the surrounding mountains.
Prices from: € 60 per dome per night.
Shall we start crossing borders?
Glamping in Portugal for travellers over 50
Only 6 km away from the famous surfing beaches of the southwest coast of Portugal, this ecological campsite includes luxurious Rajastani tents and two traditional Tipis from North America’s native cultures.
The cloth tents are aesthetically decorated with beds, mosquito netting and locally manufactured furniture, a sink and an area to sit in and enjoy the atmosphere.
The two tipis can accommodate four people and have a double bed and two additional single beds.
The showers are communal and there are compost toilet facilities.
You can share a barbecue with other guests, eat outdoors and enjoy the small lake on the property.
An incomparable experience in the middle of nature, a few minutes from the spectacular natural Park do Sudoeste Alentejano and Costa Vicentina.
You can also visit the fantastic local beaches, taste the exquisite Portuguese cuisine and enjoy the atmosphere in the nearby villages of Zambujeria, Odeceixe and S. Teotonio.
Prices from: € 70 for two persons per night.
You’ll be surrounded by olive groves and fruit trees in this serene natural space dedicated to yoga lovers. Sleep in Yurts in the purest traditional Mongolian style and practice yoga with the spectacular scenery of the fields and forests near Madeira as a backdrop.
Portugal Yurt Retreat uses biomaterials for the construction of its structures, solar panels, and 100% clean energy for the environment.
Prices from: € 50 for two persons per night.
Glamping in Italy for travellers over 50
The Lazy Olive Glamping, Siena
Located in the heavenly Tuscan countryside, The Lazy Olive Glamping is a truly magical place composed of 9 yurts designed with very special attention to the smallest of details.
Each yurt has been located at a perfect distance from the rest of the stores in this magical space so you can enjoy your privacy inside and out, surrounded by olive groves and the rolling Tuscan hills.
You’ll also only be a few minutes away from historic cities like Montepulciano and Siena, and very close to country routes like the one around Lake Trasimeno.
Prices from: €100 for two people per night.
Located north of the island of Sicily, near the town of Messina, among fruit trees and olive groves, you’ll find the amazing “Bubbles” at the Azienda Agricola Villaré.
Strictly built with recycled materials, you’ll be sleep in this peculiar but very comfortable structure and get up in the morning to collect organic products in the property’s orchards to make your own breakfast!
The owners of Azienda Agricola Villaré also manage a teaching farm where they share the secrets of oil pressing and organic bread making.
A wonderful space, especially in the light of dawn.
And you don’t even need a car to get to the property!
Don’t miss the towns of Messina and Milazzo, the Eolie Islands, and of course, the majestic Etna.
Prices from: € 120 for two persons per night.
Glamping in France for travellers over 50
Glisten Camping – Col d’Ibardin, Aquitania, Atlantic Pyrenees
Located in the sunny French southwest, Glisten Camping belongs to the ecoglamping fan Simon Thomason, who lives by this philosophy: “great outdoor spaces deserve a beautiful interior.”
From this wonderful way of thinking emerges this utterly charming space and the distinctive geodesic domes for up to six people.
Designed to have minimal impact on the environment, these elegant capsules come complete with split rooms, King size beds, comfortable mattresses, grill style gas cooker and a large covered outdoor dining area.
Prices from: € 70 per dome per night (minimum two nights).
Can you imagine having a glass of French wine on a charming wooden deck terrace in front of your Out of Africa style tent in the middle of the French countryside?
I’m sure you’ll love the elegant simplicity of the different glamping styles at La Parenthese.
Each of the 25 safari-style tents located among the dense groves of this beautiful land, come with their own wooden deck, sparkling chandeliers and a luxurious interior with all the details you may need for a more than comfortable stay: sun loungers, cushions , fresh flowers, retro furniture and modern cooking spaces.
They also have floating cabins on the lake.
Prices from: € 70 per night
Glamping in Netherlands for travellers over 50
In the Dutch language, Ons Buiten means “we outside”, and that’s exactly the message the owners wanted to transmit with this concept – enjoy the beaches, enjoy nature and enjoy the outdoor facilities around you to the fullest!
Certified with the Green Key seal of approval, Ons Buiten offers you a somewhat more comfortable and sophisticated camping experience than traditional camping.
You can use this property as a base to learn more about the towns of Oostkapelle, Domburg, Veere and Middleburg, and also enjoy its swimming pool, sauna, spa and restaurants.
Prices from: € 40 per night
Glamping in Slovenia for travellers over 50
Located in the vicinity of the magical Lake Bled, in northwest Slovenia, Godzne Vile Glamping offers ecological houses and mobile homes built with larch wood.
Each tiny home has two beds and an outdoor terrace with a small heated and very private bathtub (barrel style!).
The mobile homes have two bedrooms, a living room, a bathroom, a kitchen, and views of the green (or the white, depending on the season) that surrounds the property.
It’s a very modern and very environmentally friendly proposal, ideal for over 50 outdoor enthusiasts.
In addition to building and cleaning with ecological products, Godzne Vile Glamping can be accessed without a car.
Prices from: € 51 per night
Glamping in Hungary for travellers over 50
You’re going to love this one, I’m so sure!
Because Hunza Ecolodge, located in the Mecsek Hills at the foot of the Danube and the Dráva is a wonderful proposal.
Here you can find three different accommodation options: glamping, a tree house (Korowai, they call it, like the Indonesian communities that live in trees) and open spaces to set up your own tent or caravan.
The tree house is, as you can imagine, pure fairytale.
And the glamping tent has a lovely patio overlooking the forest and an outdoor kitchen.
If you’re lucky enough to travel through this wonderful country, you must give yourself the opportunity to live the peace and serenity you experience when you wake up in Hunza Ecolodge.
As you can imagine, you can also get organic products from the property’s garden and from local producers.
Prices from: €42 per night for two people with breakfast included in the ecoglamping shop, and €55 with breakfast in the tree house.
Have I converted you to ecoglamping?
And as you’ve seen, prices are very reasonable!
Are you up for it?
Discover this very respectful way of travelling and minimise your environmental impact when roaming around our wonderful planet.