Want to hop on the glamping bandwagon but not sure where to go? Big Berry Kolpa River in rural Slovenia is the perfect mix of luxury, relaxation, and fun. With its multitude and variety of partners in the Bela Krajina region, you will never have a dull day. Whether you are in the mood for a canoe trip, wine tasting, or distillery tour, you will find something fun to do at Big Berry Kolpa River. Here are 10 fun activities at Big Berry that will make you want to add glamping in Slovenia to your travel list.
1. Tour a Local Distillery and Chocolatier
Tour a distillery and chocolatier in one at Berryshka, a family owned business about a 40 minute drive from Big Berry. Learn about the long history of the distillery, why it was shut down in the 20th century (along with all distilleries in Slovenia), which secret ingredients are added to its spirits, and what types of goodies the distillery is cooking up next. Be sure to sample some chocolate with your cocktail as well. In the summer months, take a seat on the outdoor patio and enjoy the beautiful views of the Slovenian countryside.
2. Canoe From Slovenia to Croatia
If you find yourself with a few spare hours on site at Big Berry, rent a canoe and paddle down the Kolpa River. Head towards the right side of Big Berry, and you’ll come across a small waterfall. If you’re able to get your hands on a raft or even a kayak, you can try paddling down the waterfall for a more exciting journey. Take note that the side of the Kolpa River opposite Big Berry is Croatia, so be sure to carry your passport in a waterproof bag with you if you plan to disembark on that side of the river.
3. Attend a Wine Tasting in the Kolpa River
You may have attended a wine tasting at some point in your life, but chances are you’ve never experienced a wine tasting in a river. Semiška penina, one of Big Berry’s partners, hosted a wine tasting in the Kolpa River while we were there. In case you’re not as fortunate to taste Semiška penina’s wines in the river, make sure you check out their location, a mere 15 minute drive from Big Berry.
4. Take an African Drumming Lesson
Big Berry makes an effort to incorporate cultural and educational events into their weekly schedule, and we were fortunate enough to experience our first African drumming lesson with a visiting Croatian band. Be sure to check out any special events or guests Big Berry is hosting while you are there, as their events do not disappoint.
5. Visit a 16th Century Flour Mill
Domačija Kuzma, a 16th century flour mill, is located a mere 20 minutes’ drive from Big Berry and well worth a visit. The friendly staff there will take you on a tour of the facilities and show you how flour and corn were made back in the day. Make sure you stay and sample some of Domačija Kuzma’s homemade food and liquor as well.
6. Challenge Your Neighbors to a Volleyball Match
A good way to get to know some of your neighbors is to invite them to a volleyball match. The volleyball court is located between the Big Berry main office and the Big Berry houses. And in case your neighbors are unwilling, the Big Berry interns are always happy to engage in a friendly volleyball match. Other group activities available on site at Big Berry are soccer, yoga, and slacklining. The Big Berry interns will even take you to the local gym every morning if you are committed to your fitness.
7. Indulge in Fine Dining at a Big Berry Chef Event
Amongst the many fun events at Big Berry are Big Berry Chef (“BB Chef”) celebrations. For these events, Big Berry invites internationally renowned chefs like Chef Glavica from Croatia to come explore the local cuisine of Bela Krajina and to cook a big meal for Big Berry guests. The chefs will typically have some downtime during which you can interact with them and even visit partner brands with them.
You won’t be disappointed by the chefs that Big Berry carefully selects and invites to their sites. Make sure you save space to for dessert, too!
8. Explore an Abandoned Castle
Located about a 10 minute drive from Big Berry in the village of Gradac is an old abandoned castle called Gradac Castle. Written documents on the castle date back to 1228, and the castle has been used in a number of key historical events. Most notably, the castle was used as a military school for Partisan officers during World War II. The Slovenian Red Cross was also founded in the village of Gradac during that time.
You will find several doors that lead into the castle. Be careful as you walk through the castle that you do not walk over any unstable stairs or floorboards, as the castle has not been lived in or renovated in decades. As you walk through the different levels of the castle, you will find closets full of abandoned clothing, shoes, and fabric, which used to be someone’s personal belongings a century ago. There is graffiti sprayed all over the walls, and posters and calendars hanging in some of the rooms.
9. Cliff Jump Into the Krupa River
Walking through the abandoned Gradac Castle may have put you a bit on edge, so you’ll want to head on over to the nearby Krupa River to take that edge off. Relax on one of the picnic benches in the park with a sandwich and beer and admire the turquoise river and lush greenery. If you’re an adrenaline junkie, pack your swim suit and go for a dive off the cliff at the other end of the park into the cold, blue water.
10. Relax in Your Private Jacuzzi
After a long day of fun activities, there is no better way to wind down than with a soak in your private jacuzzi. Each Big Berry house features a jacuzzi on the front porch. There is a hose connected to your house that you can use to fill up your tub when the water level starts to wane, and there are temperature and jet controls on the jacuzzi as well.
Glamping in Slovenia at Big Berry Kolpa River is so much more than your traditional camping trip. Discover the luxury of freedom with Big Berry’s lavish houses, indulge in the delicious local cuisine with Big Berry’s generous partners, and fuel your inner adventurer with these 10 fun activities at Big Berry. Book your house online today.
Big Berry Kolpa River
8332 Gradac, Slovenia
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Hi, I’m Diana, the big sister in the sister duo. I left my job as an attorney in March 2017 to pursue the work-from-anywhere/travel-everywhere life aka The Dream. I blog about off the beaten trail travel destinations, adventure travel, immersing in local cultures, and publish plenty of travel guides for all you who are too lazy to plan your own trips. I’ve traveled to 53 countries to date, and some of my recent adventures include hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro, visiting a child I’ve sponsored for over 10 years in Rwanda, and exploring the Middle East.