France, Italy & Spain Beach Holidays

Europe has hundreds of brilliant beaches and Eurocamp has plenty of campsites by the beach making them the perfect family holiday destination in Europe. So we challenged our team of regional experts to hand-pick the top 10 best family beach holidays.

These experts travel throughout Europe each and every year, scouring coastlines and lakeside spots to find the ultimate things to do on your beach holiday. For each one, we've recommended the closest parc to stay at and distance from the beach itself (lots have direct access). 

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brittany beaches, la trinitie sur mer

Men-Allen, Brittany

Closest parc: La Plage, Trinité-sur-Mer
Distance from parc to beach: 10 minute walk, 700 metres

Trinité-sur-Mer is a seaside resort famed for its marina, and you'll see tons of sailing boats lining the bay throughout the year, ready for the next regatta. Men-Allen is a gently rounded beach within the resort, and has made our list for its unusual shoreline. Over time, the currents of the ocean have caused fine sand to build up on one side, whilst the other is filled with rock pools. Visit and you'll discover two beach holidays in one!

La Plage ›
La Grande Plage, Gascony

La Grande Plage, Gascony

Closest parc: Le Ruisseau, Biarritz
Distance from parc to beach: 15 minute drive, 7km

La Grande Plage is a peaceful resort that is ideal for safe swimming and offers a quiet retreat from Biarritz's main beach further up the coastline. The beach is part of a glorious bay that wraps around into an old Basque fishing port, which still brings in the daily catch.

Le Ruisseau ›
argeles beaches

Argelès-Plage, Roussillon

Closest parc: La Chapelle, Argelès-sur-Mer
Distance from parc to beach: Direct access

Beaches in the south of France are the best choice for brilliant weather, and Argelès-sur-Mer is our choice for lively sun-seekers. All along the 7km of sandy coastline there are bars, cafés and restaurants to cool down and fill up in between lazing in the sun. Our parc La Chapelle is the perfect choice for your next beach holiday in Roussillon, as it’s just 300m from the beach.

La Chapelle ›
Central Beach, Vendée

Central Beach, Vendée

Closest parc: Le Clarys-Plage, St Jean-de-Monts
Distance from parc to beach: 10 minute drive

The Blue Flag choice. The Blue Flag is an internationally-recognized symbol that's given to the most eco-friendly beaches around, including Central Beach at St Jean-de-Monts. Expect safe, small waves and gentle, clean slopes - bliss!

Le Clarys Plage ›
top beaches, carnac plage, brittany

Carnac Plage, Brittany

Closest parc: Des Menhirs, Carnac
Distance from parc to beach: 300m

You'll be in beach heaven in Carnac! Carnac-Plage has five sheltered sandy beaches in total - the 1.2 mile (2km)-long Grande Plage is popular with families as it’s supervised in summer and has two children’s clubs. Head to Saint-Colomban for wind and kite-surfing.

Des Menhirs ›
San Vito lo Capo, Sicily

San Vito lo Capo, Sicily

Closest parc: El Bahira, San Vito lo Capo
Distance from parc to beach: 11 minute drive, 6.2km

San Vito lo Capo is one of Italy's most beautiful seaside resorts, blessed with three miles of golden beach. There are plenty of facilities for hire - including sun loungers and parasols - so you can make your beach trip last the whole day, in true Italian style. The shallow waters are perfect for a paddle and clear enough to make swimming a delight. Grab dinner at one of the seafront restaurants and you'll have front row seats to one of San Vito's amazing sunsets.

El Bahira ›
portiragnes plage, camping les sablons beach, languedoc

Portiragnes Plage, Languedoc

Closest parc: Les Sablons
Distance from parc to beach: Direct access

Portiragnes Plage is a vast, sandy beach in southern France. It's equally as popular with swimmers looking for a splash-about, and kite-surfers making the most of the coastal winds. The nearby beaches of La Redoute and Bosquet offer watersports and are supervised in the summer months. La Redoute is the busiest part of the beach, as it is closer to the shops, bars, restaurants and town centre.

Les Sablons ›
Platja del Portitxol, Costa Brava

Platja del Portitxol, Costa Brava

Closest parc: Castell Montgri, Estartit
Distance from parc to beach: 20 minute drive, 18.8km

Platja del Portitxol will captivate all of your holiday senses. Take in the smell of the pine forest that surrounds the beach and enjoy the feeling of fine, golden sand between your toes. You’ll find that the beach’s calm, shallow waters are ideal for everyone to take a dip, and if you stay until sundown, you can enjoy one of the Costa Brava’s stunning sunsets.

Castell Montgri ›
Houlgate, Normandy

Houlgate, Normandy

Closest parc: La Vallée
Distance from parc to beach: 5 minute drive or 20 minute walk, 1.8km

Houlgate in Normandy is the best choice for a family beach holiday in Europe from our top 10 list. Firstly, it's really easy to get to from the UK, and even better, you'll find lots to do once you arrive. Houlgate is renowned for its charm, surrounded by forested hills, and the long beach is equally made for paddling or more energetic water sports. A pleasant change from commercial resorts, there are no shops on the beach itself; they can be found 50 metres away on the Rue des Bains.

La Vallée ›