A huge swathe of unspoilt pine forest, peppered with millpond lakes and wide mountain plateaus, Slovenia has an invigorating outdoors that’s largely undiscovered by tourists. So, what better way to explore all this nature than by camping in farmland or glamping under canvas and wood structures featuring hot tubs and power points. Here’s our pick of the best campsites and glampsites in Slovenia – bookable with Culture Trip.
Set amid vineyards in the Slovenian wine region of Styria, this spacious complex is spread across a hillside with lovely views of emerald forest. Choose from low-tented cabins or treehouse-style structures, some with gorgeous sun-drenched decks to dine on. Simmering hot tubs and outdoor massages add a touch of spa serenity. The hotel’s historic wine press – the oldest in Europe – is a must-see, and it’d be rude to leave without partaking in a tasting of the chateau’s wine cellar.
This quirky, affordable base sits on the man-made Lake Blosko, an hour’s drive south of the capital Ljubljana. Kids will love its bear totems carved from chubby tree trunks, as well as a waterslide and gingerbread house-feel lodges with peaked roofs and log beds. It’s simple and rustic rather than sophisticated, but perfectly located for lakeside walks and cycles, fishing excursions and great lungfuls of fresh country air.
With hippyish campfires and hammocks strung around a crystalline river, this is barefoot family camping at its best. Adrenaline junkies can try their hand at rafting, paragliding, canyoning and climbing; chefs will love the challenge of cooking local ingredients in the log-built open kitchen and on rustic outdoor grills. Low-impact wooden huts and tents with mattresses and linen provide a range of sleeping options – and DIY tent pitches are available too.
>You’ll be welcomed at this camp site in the gardens of a rural house in western Slovenia with a carafe of local wine and shown around the shower blocks, power points and bike-rental station that you can take advantage of during your stay. You can have breakfast in the main house (for an extra charge), where you can try the local cheeses, bread and jams. Most guests arrive in their own camper vans, but you can rent a room in the main building if you prefer.
Less than 45 minutes’ drive from capital city Ljubljana, this green riverside resort at the foot of the pure-aired Kamnik Alps is log built and low key. Deer amble past as you trot between the handsome lodge-style restaurant and rocky riverbank. Huts and cottages have modern kitchenettes and plump sofas. A small pool and donkeys to pet enhance the cute factor even more.
Andreja Posedel contributed additional reporting to this article.
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