It’s always a joy to swap the scenery of the UK for the thrills of Europe and there are plenty of well-equipped campsites to be found throughout the EU. But if you fancy staying somewhere a little out of the ordinary here’s our pick of the top 5 quirkiest campsites in Europe to make your trip even more memorable.
Treetop camping, Germany
Not for the fainthearted, this German outdoor activities centre offers a range of camping options, from traditional tent pitches to this treetop slumber station hanging in the heart of the forest. The ‘Portaledge’ tent, designed to sleep two, is fully waterproof and engineered to endure all weather conditions, so you can be sure of a relaxing night’s sleep in the tree canopy come rain or shine.
The Woodland Yurt, Spain
Nestled amongst the secluded acres of private Mediterranean woodland, the Cloud House’s Mongolian yurt is a true place of relaxation. Complete with an outdoor kitchen for Al Fresco dining, a shower room and a decking area, you’ll be free to sit back and take in the stunning surroundings of the Genal Valley. The yurt even includes a roof window for the perfect view of the night sky. Able to comfortably sleep 4 people, it’s the ideal location for a peaceful family getaway.
The Cabin in the Air, France
These magical treehouses make a great alternative to traditional camping. With a variety of locations in sites all across France, each treehouse is completely unique and built according to the tree that supports it. You can choose from a range of cabin types depending on your group requirements but most cabins are accessible via a rope bridge to add to the sense of adventure, and sleep either 2 or 4 occupants.
Raft Camping, Belgium and The Netherlands
A truly unique experience, campers at these raft camping sites are able to drift off in a natural wooden hut floating on a 25 metre raft accessed only via canoe. The huts come equipped with a gas burner, 2 double mattresses and camping chairs and offer a great opportunity to take in the river wildlife of the surrounding area.
Geodesic dome camping, France
Situated in the stunning countryside French of Brittany, the L’igloo D’arvor is a 40 metre squared domed structure set amongst picturesque meadows. With a circular bed looking out through the enormous picture window, the bright and airy dome gives the most wonderful views of the quiet area. Designed to sleep 2 adults, L’igloo D’arvor is the perfect choice for those looking for a romantic camping break.
If you aren’t feeling so adventurous, but still want to experience the great outdoors, read the Guardian’s list of European glamping sites. Here you will find luxurious camping spots with little luxuries that will make the experience easier to handle.