Exploring Lake Bled, Postojna Cave and the picturesque region of Bela Krajina. Read about my glamping experience in at Big Berry camp in Slovenia.
“Glamping? Never heard of it!” I was thinking when my Slovenian friend Andreja invited me to experience a new glamping campsite in the southeast of Slovenia. She was going to spend one week on the bank of the Kolpa river, one of the cleanest rivers in Slovenia, and there was one more spot left in her mobile home. Why not, right?
It wasn’t my first time in Slovenia – I had previously visited Soča Valley and tried Slovenia’s longest Zipline. Yet, I was really thrilled to come back to Slovenia and also to reunite with Andreja. We haven’t seen each other since our trip to India in winter.
The camp was remote and we were ready to make use of its peaceful atmosphere. Our original plan was to split our time between relaxing and sunbathing at the river, and working.
Unfortunatelly for us, the weather turned to be rather cold and rainy. Well – we had good time anyway. There was couple of spontaneous trips to amazing plasec across the country, including picturesque Lake Bled (the most beautiful place in Slovenia I visited so far).
TIP: Every girl wants to look pretty while glamping, right? If you are not sure what to pack, read a fellow blogger’s Packing guide for Europe.
600 KILOMETES TRAIN TRIP
The Big Berry camp is situated at the bank of river Kolpa in Primostek in southeast Slovenia. Kolpa forms the border between Slovenia and Croatia. Taking a look outside a window of our mobile home, you could in fact see Croatia. Don’t forget your passport when you go swimming:)
Getting to Big Berry was little bit of a challenge – I decided to do the 600-kilometer trip from Czech Republic by train. I crossed Austria from north to south with some pretty awesome views. But yep – it was 9 crazy hours on the train!
When you travel to Big Berry, I recommend flying to Ljubljana or Zagreb and then transferring from there. Use Skypicker – my favorite tool – to find the cheapest flight.
GLAMPING: HOW TO CAMP IN STYLE
Glamping, a portmanteau of glamour and camping, stands for a new and fancy style of camping. In fact, it is all about staying close to nature, but maintaining high standards of technology and comfort at the same time.
My stay at Big Berry Lifestyle Camp was my very first glamping experience. I spent there 7 days – before it was even officially open to the public. Many facilities, such as some of the mobile homes, were still under construction during our stay.
OUR MOBILE HOME AT BIG BERRY
There is total of 7 houses at Big Berry (yes, they are all standing by now!) . Me and Andreja got something similar to a honeymoon suite – a 34-square-meter mobile home for two people:) We were the very first guests to stay in this mobile house.
Once you get in, it feels rather like a comfortable hotel room. A luxurious one. The Big Berry houses are equipped with designer furniture. Our house featured a bedroom, bathroom, living room, fully equipped kitchen and a terrace.
Some days after we left, an outdoor Jacuzzi was installed. Too bad we didn’t get to try it out! The pictures looked more than appealing:-)
The breakfast was just perfect: homemade meals (including fresh cow milk) is delivered to the house each morning, so we didn’t have to worry about that. There is no restaurant at the campsite, so for lunch or dinner, one has to go to the surrounding villages. Slovenian food is amazing!
It’s not cheap camping – the house costs 200 Euros per night. Needless to say, you get what you pay for. If you appreciate design and comfort, this is place is just perfect (and as I follow their news, it’s getting better every week with more facilities).
DAY TRIPS FROM BIG BERRY
The region of Bela Krajina offers a couple of interesting options for day trips. Two main cities to explore are Metlika and Crnomelj. Slovenia itself is quite small and compact, so even if you are in the south, none of the main attractions is really too far away.
These are my favorite places that you can visit in one day:
Being one of the most famous places in Slovenia, Lake Bled has an island in the middle and is surrounded by the Julian Alps, making it one of the symbols of Slovenia. It’s as pretty as all the postcards – or even a bit more.
A great way to experience the lake by boat. So much fun! One can paddle around and see the island from all angles. Another cool spot is the medieval castle towering above the lake. This is where the best panoramic pictures of Lake Bled are taken from.
Make sure to find time for coffee and cake – trying the traditional Bled cream cake is a must. I tried it at Zima sweetshop. Yummy! By the way, a fellow blogger also published this post about things to do around Lake Bled. By the way, Lake Bled in winter is an amazing experience, too!
TIP: When heading to/from Bled, make a stop at the little but pretty town of Radovljica. Restaurant Lectar serves local specialties – including amazing pumpkin soup served in the real pumpkin (!).
This is the most visited cave in Europe, yet it still feels mysterious. Postojna cave is a stunning underground labyrinth of 24 kilometers of passages, galleries and chambers.
When visiting, one gets to jump on the electric train that goes deeper into the bizarre underworld. Then the tour of a land of amazingly shaped rock formations continues on foot. The visit takes an hour and half and there is a lot to see.
During the visit, we also got to see the creepy inhabitants of the cave known as “human fish”. This species could easily be Gollum’s sister. Totally the last thing I would appreciate finding finding in my bath tub 🙂
Pogaca Cooking Workshop
You will get to eat Pogaca a lot in the Bela Krajina region. It’s a kind of rounded bread with a special square net pattern. Before being eaten, Pogaca is broken in bite-size squares. It’s perfect for eating with the hands.
Making pogaca is not all that difficult – if you want to give it a try, you can join a pogaca cooking workshop. It takes 90 minutes and it’s organized in a little cute handicraft shop in Ceromejl.
TIP: There is lot of cute little items on display: embroidery, lavender, honey and so on. It’s a perfect place to get some small gifts from Slovenia.
More info here: Medeni butik BIBI
Believe it or not, the largest craft brewery in Slovenia is only about 20 minutes’ drive from BIG BERRY camp. This is too near to resist… Getting thirsty, huh?
Vizir is run by young and energetic couple and they are always happy to show people around the brewery. During the visit, one gets to try various craft beers that are the result of six years of experimenting with and perfecting brews. All the ingredients are natural.
TIP: Many beers at Vizir are named after their horses. Make sure you taste Naughty Franco – this beer with 10 volumes was named after the horse that went crazy:)
More info here: Brewery Vizir
The Wine Cellar
You simply cannot visit Bela Krajina without having a glass of wine. It is actually one of three main wine regions of Slovenia.
If you are interested in taking a stroll in the local wine cellar, the guys from Malnarič-Nampel winery do an excellent job presenting the wine. Make sure to try Belokrajec (or White Carniolan) – a special wine produced in the region.
More info here: Malnarič-Nampel winery
DID YOU TRY GLAMPING? WOULD YOU BE UP FOR CAMPING IN LUXURY?
Camping always was about adventure and sleeping in nature. How about adding some convenience and luxury to it?
PS: If you are a foodie, you must visit the capital of Slovenia, too. A fellow blogger recommends the best places where to eat in Ljubjana.
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Edited by Nick Kembel.
Photo credit: Group picture from lake bled is by The World Pursuit.
This post was created in partnership with BIG BERRY camp. It was cool to try our glamping. I hope to back one day and see Big Berry with sunshine. Thanks to Andreja from Adventurous Journeys for a great company.
Check out my posts about Central Europe:
- Soča Valley Travel Guide
- Learning to fly: Zipline in Bovec, Slovenia
- Bled in Slovenia Does that sound good?
- Summer in Tirol: 5 Things to do in the Kitzbühel Alps
Do you plan to explore Slovenia’s capital? Then this post about where to stay in Ljubjana is quite useful. If you are planning to visit more of the Balkans, check out the Balkan travel guide by fellow blogger who knows much about this region.
I just asked my husband about glamping and he had the same response! What the heck in glamping? I’d like to give it a try and what better place than postcard-perfect Slovenia! I love how central the campsite was to so many great excursions. Lake Bled would have been my fave for sure!
The Big Berry Lifestyle Camp looks quite comfortable. I had no idea that’s called “glamping.” Is that a made up word? Slovenia looks so beautiful! I’d love to visit it.
Hi Anda, yep our homile house was very compoftable indeed. Well, glamping is from two workds – glamorous and camping:)
I’ve heard of glamping but I associate it more with luxurious tents rather than small houses.
Whatever the definition, I’d love to stay there 🙂
Omg, I just imagine there would be tents during our stay – I think I would freeze down:)
I like the sound of all of your day trips but Bled looks absolutely stunning and those Postojna caves are stunning. What a great trip and the glamping experience is definitely a good compromised between nature and comfort.
Thanks for following the adventure!
I love the idea of ‘Glamping’ as I am certainly not a camper! I was palling to go to Big Berry in July but have had to change my plans due to a family situation – I’m gutted as it looks like a great place with lots to offer!
Sorry that you had to change plans…I guess you can still get there later. Europe has nice weather until around September.
Never heard of glamping before so this was a fun intro to this new trend! Although it seems a bit pricey, I guess the experience it worth it. And Slovenia is truly an amazing country (with delicious food)
It’s not really for bacpackers, but let’s say digital nomad could enjoy the peaceful athmospehere and nature!
I am not really a camping kind of gal but if there is a hot tub and a lake nearby I am in!
No worried Anne, there is even an outdoor jacuzzi.
Slovenia is so beautiful! I would love to go camping OR glamping there! I’ve actually seen quite a few “glamping” options near Bled, must be the new hot thing to do in Slovenia!
Yep I noticed few campsites also around lake Bled!
Aaaw I would love to do Glamping, plus I’ve never been to Slovenia, so I already have 2 reasons to go. Thanks for this informative post, bookmarked and shared.
OMG, I am definitely following in your footsteps as soon as I get to Slovenia!
I was so happy to read your account of Big Berry. I’ll be there in few weeks and I can’t wait. It will be my first “glamping” experience.
Cool that you go to Big Berry as well!
I’ve heard of glamping before but at EUR200 a night, even on sharing basis, it’s a bit out of my budget. 🙁 However, I wouldn’t mind taking a 600-kilometer 9-hour trip by train that offers some pretty awesome views, what more knowing that it’s Slovenia at the end of the line and Lake Bled is not so far away. 😉
I admit, it’s kind of pricey. Let’s see if there will be some special price in future, or some discount for families at least.
We glamped in Wadi Rum, Jordan and we really enjoyed it. Big Berry Camp sounds like an amazing place. I like how it is easy to do day trips from there. We definitely want to explore Slovenia some day soon.
Jordan must have been studiing as well. I imagine the scenery was totally different to what you see in Central Europe.
Looks like you had a great time! Can’t wait to come here in September and experience it for my self 🙂 x
I am happy I helped to inspire your trip!
Slovenia looks like a stunning place to visit! I personally love glamping, being close to nature while enjoying a strong internet connection at the same time is ideal to me.
My words 🙂 You know as the camp was still in preparation, we only had wifi in reception are. Nevertheles, it’s all fixed by now. So digital nomads welcome.
“Glamping” is a new term for me as well. I always thought glamorous camping was sleeping in a fancy RV, but this moves the needle quite a bit farther. I don’t like to sit still, so I generally stay in places where I have a lot of options. But it appears you were able to do many things in close proximity to your glamping site.
Yep, staying in a campsite is perfect for family holiday – no matter if you choose the traditional place or more luxury one.
A wonderful adventure and lovely photo collection to match. Thank you for presenting glamping in Slovenia in such a great way!
Glamping is the only way I will ‘camp’, all the comfort and yet you are still a part of nature and the great outdoors. Solvenia looks like a stunning place to get my glamp on, I shall add to my list.
Like the poster above, I’d only Glamp! I know Slovenia has some great outdoor spaces…so what a great idea