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If you love European beach holidays, you’re in luck as Canvas Holidays has some superb campsites right next to the continent’s most popular seaside resorts. Whether you’re looking for a vast expanse of golden sand to laze around on, a sheltered cove to swim in or the opportunity to try out some exciting water sports, you’ll find plenty of options for a cheap beach holiday.


Top campsites by the beach

Top campsites by the beach

Now, you’re properly wondering exactly where the best campsites by the beach can be found. Thankfully, our huge range of Canvas Holidays coastal campsites make the most of some of the world’s most glorious beaches in addition to being packed with exciting amenities to suit all the family.

If you’re fond of beach holidays in Spain, take advantage of campsites like Castell D’Aro on the Costa Brava that’s surrounded by an impressive list of facilities, from a tree top adventure park to a water activity centre.

For those in favour of an Italian beach holiday, you can stay among the pine trees and just minutes from beautiful Tuscan beaches if you opt for a mobile home at Camping Park Albatross. If a French beach holiday with plenty of opportunities for outdoor pursuits sounds like a better match, head to Camping du Golf that’s set on the wild Normandy coast.

Things to do when camping by the beach

Things to do when camping by the beach

The combination of camping and holidaying right next to the ocean has to be one of the most relaxing getaway ideas ever. While the usual activities of sunbathing, swimming and general relaxation are a given on a beach holiday, you’ll also find that there’s so much more to our range of coastal campsites.

Spend the morning on the beach, pop ‘home’ for lunch, then settle down for an evening BBQ outside your tent or mobile home accompanied by a bottle of good local wine. If you need a break from the sun, you’ll find all of our Canvas Holidays campsites are located within driving distance of some of Europe’s most iconic cities and towns that each come packed with numerous cultural, historic and culinary delights.

And if you’re embarking on a family beach holiday, there’s no shortage of exhilarating activities and facilities on our campsites themselves that’ll appeal to both toddlers and teens. A handful are also positioned close to fun water and theme parks that make for an ideal family day out.



There’s something very special about holidaying by the sea; gorgeous golden sands, azure blue waters and the perfect playground for aquatic activities. Join us beach camping at one of our charming coastal destinations, where the sun shines and fantastic outdoor holiday memories are made. We have an extensive selection of campsites located directly on or close to blissful beaches in some of Europe’s most sought after destinations.

Discover the joys of feeling the sand between your toes, being lulled by the gentle lapping of the waves, cooling off with a swim and watching a stunning sunset over the horizon while staying on a beach holiday.

Beach Camping Holidays

You’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to deciding on your perfect campsite by the beach. We have a brilliant range of resorts located in top destinations. Enjoy a blissful stay on the balmy shores of the Mediterranean in the south of France and Spain or relax on the beautiful Adriatic Coast in Croatia and Italy. Savour the wide sandy beaches created by the waves of the Atlantic Ocean in Portugal and the south west of France, or opt for exploring the historic beaches of the English Channel in the north of France.


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Playa Montroig

Costa Dorada | Mont Roig Del Camp
7.7/10 (55 Reviews)
Canvas Holidays Camping
Direct access to white sandy beachGreat pool complex with waterslidesClose to Tarragona and Barcelon...
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Village Fabulous

Rome | Rome
7.7/10 (163 Reviews)
Canvas Holidays Camping
Close to RomePerfect for an active holidayWonderful pool complexExcursions offered from the site
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Les Dunes

Languedoc-Roussillon | Torreilles
8.3/10 (1212 Reviews)
Canvas Holidays Camping
Direct beach accessMultiple activities and activitiesLarge pool complexIn the Pyrénées-Orientales
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la Grande Métairie

Brittany | Carnac
8.2/10 (1716 Reviews)
Canvas Holidays Camping
Fabulous pool complexLots of on site activitiesNear the beachClose to megalithic sites
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Vilanova Park

Costa Dorada | Vilanova I la Geltrú
7.6/10 (72 Reviews)
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Lots of activities on offerFloral pool area with sun terraceOur closest campsite to BarcelonaRight o...
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Almafra

Costa Blanca | Alfaz del Pi
8/10 (29 Reviews)
Canvas Holidays Camping
Only 3 miles from BenidormGreat restaurant on siteClose to water park and theme parkRelaxed and coas...
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Castell Montgri

Costa Brava | Estartit
7.8/10 (233 Reviews)
Canvas Holidays Camping
Lively atmosphereTwo superb pool complexesLocated very close to EstartitLots of onsite activities
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Internacional de Calonge

Costa Brava | Calonge
8.9/10 (73 Reviews)
Canvas Holidays Camping
Set on a hillside with viewsBeautiful beach on the doorstepTwenty minute walk to Playa d'AroWater pa...
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Sant'Angelo Village

Veneto | Cavallino-Treporti
8/10 (93 Reviews)
Canvas Holidays Camping
Close to VeniceDirect beach accessGreat pool complexFantastic onsite facilities
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Park Playa Bara

Costa Dorada | Tarragona
8.1/10 (43 Reviews)
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Direct access to a golden beachFantastic pool and sunbathing areaLively entertainment and discoSomet...
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le Bois de Valmarie

Languedoc-Roussillon | Argelès sur Mer
8.6/10 (27 Reviews)
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A short walk from a lovely beachFantastic bar and restaurantRelaxed atmosphereExcellent pool complex...
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Marina di Venezia

Veneto | Punta-Sabbioni
8/10 (401 Reviews)
Canvas Holidays Camping
Direct access to large sandy beachIdeally located for visiting VeniceFabulous pool complexVery large...
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Nouvelle Floride

Languedoc-Roussillon | Marseillan-Plage
7.3/10 (231 Reviews)
Canvas Holidays Camping
Direct access to the beachLarge water parkAccess to two other campsitesHigh-quality facilities
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Union Lido

Veneto | Cavallino-Treporti
8.6/10 (135 Reviews)
Canvas Holidays Camping
Fantastic facilitiesFabulous pool complexes to suit allDirect access to long sandy beachSelection of...
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la Sirène

Languedoc-Roussillon | Argelès sur Mer
8.3/10 (274 Reviews)
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Lively site - ideal for familiesFantastic entertainmentBreathtaking pool complexChild friendly 5* ca...
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la Baume

Côte d'Azur & Provence | Fréjus
7/10 (34 Reviews)
Canvas Holidays Camping
Large and lively siteFantastic tropical pool complexIdeal for exploring the areaA great selection of...
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les Mediterranees - Beach Garden

Languedoc-Roussillon | Marseillan-Plage
7.6/10 (462 Reviews)
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Direct access to a long sandy beachA great base for exploring the areaQuiet, relaxing atmosphereIdea...
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Lanterna Premium Camping Resort

Istria | Porec
8/10 (328 Reviews)
Canvas Holidays Camping
Beautiful beachside locationSelection of onsite activitiesPool complex overlooking harbour10 minutes...
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Eden (San Felice Del Benaco)

Lake Garda | San Felice del Benaco
7.7/10 (182 Reviews)
Canvas Holidays Camping
Stunning views over lakeLovely restaurant with terracePrivate beach and jettyGreat pools with slides...
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Park Albatros Village

Tuscany | San Vincenzo
7/10 (416 Reviews)
Canvas Holidays Camping
Short walk to a lovely sandy beachSpacious lagoon-style pool complexGreat for exploring the local ar...
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Cala Llevado

Costa Brava | Tossa de Mar
7.5/10 (62 Reviews)
Canvas Holidays Camping
Direct access to 4 beachesMountain viewsGreat for families and couples2 miles from Tossa del Mar
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la Bien Assise

Nord-Pas-de-Calais | Guînes
7.8/10 (38 Reviews)
Canvas Holidays Camping
Excellent on-site restaurantBeautifully keptClose to Calais portSmall, family run site
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Domaine d'Oléron

Royan | Saint George d’Oléron
8.2/10 (34 Reviews)
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Small and peaceful campsiteIsland setting, great for exploringPerfect for couplesSuitable for young ...
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California

Vendée | St Jean de Monts
7/10 (44 Reviews)
Canvas Holidays Camping
Natural settingFantastic pool complex4 miles from Saint-Jean-de-MontsSandy beach close by
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(1) Amendments up to 7 days before arrival without giving any reason are only valid for campsites with the Vacanceselect or Tohapi logo and for accommodation with the blue tent symbol. Any amendments made within six weeks of departure, the holiday cost applied will be at the same or where applicable, at a higher rate. Please note, for 2023 holidays, free amendments can be made up to 14 days before arrival. (2) If it is not possible to travel to your holiday destination, it is possible to change to another campsite or period free of charge from 10 days before arrival. If you want to change to another destination, this only applies to accommodation with the blue Vacanceselect logo. These can be found on the campsite page in the accommodation overview. If, according to the DFA, it is not possible to travel to your holiday destination 10 days before arrival, you are entitled to a full refund (of course, in this case you can also change your booking free of charge as described above). If we have to cancel your holiday because of circumstances relating to COVID-19, you will receive a full refund.
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The best places to go camping near the sea

The choice of campsites by the beach we have in France is extensive, many with direct access to the beach from the site and many located a short walk away. One of the most popular places to enjoy a seaside holiday in France is the French Riviera, where beaches in Nice, Frejus, St. Tropez and Cannes are simply beautiful. A selection of our best Cote d’Azur campsites include 5* Campsite Holiday Marina and 4* Campsite La Plage d'Argens.

On the other side of Marseilles from the Cote d’Azur, the historic region of Languedoc-Roussillon boasts gorgeous coastal resorts. Between the city of Montpellier and the border with Spain, the sweeping coastline lapped by the Mediterranean Sea features some of our best and most beautiful beach campsites such as 4* Campsite Le Castellas, 4* Campsite Falaise Narbonne-Plage, 5* Campsite Les Dunes and 4* Campsite Le Neptune.

The waves of the Atlantic Ocean have longed crashed against the shores of southwest France, creating wide sandy beaches and providing the perfect place for aquatic activities. The ideal place for a beach camping holiday, Nouvelle Aquitaine features great destinations by the sea such as Campsite La Forêt du Pilat and 5* Campsite La Côte d'Argent, while the Pays de la Loire department of Vendee offers coastal holidays at fantastic resorts including Campsite Le Clarys Plage and 5* Campsite Acapulco.

Excellent establishments facing the Atlantic Ocean are found in the south of Brittany, such as 5* Campsite Domaine d'Inly, 4* Campsite L'Atlantique and Campsite Saint Jacques. In the northern reaches of the region, top Breton resorts near the English Channel include 5* Campsite le Châtelet and Campsite La Baie de Kernic.

One of Europe’s best places to enjoy a sunny beach holiday is Spain, due to its balmy climate and gorgeous sandy beaches. Mediterranean Sea destinations include the popular regions of Costa Brava, Costa Dorada and Costa Blanca, while there is much to praise about Cantabria, a region with lovely beaches by the Bay of Biscay. Our top resorts for camping holidays by the sea in Spain include 5* Campsite Playa Montroig, 5* Campsite Park Playa Bara, 4* Campsite Gavina and Campsite Playa Tropicana.

Idyllic Italian holidays on the coast of the Adriatic Sea will live long in the memory, especially for those who choose to stay at one of our resorts on Cavallino-Treporti near the city of Venice. Blend sunny days by the sea with enchanting day trips to the city of bridges while staying at 5* Campsite Union Lido, 5* Campsite Marina di Venezia or 5* Campsite Sant'Angelo Village.

In Tuscany, Campsite Toscana Bella and 4* Campsite Park Albatros Village are ideally positioned to enjoy coastal camping on the shores of the Liguarian Sea. With beaches to rival the very best in the world, Sardinia is a popular choice for lovers of pure sands and azure blue waters. Discover the epitome of blissful beach holidays on a stay at Campsite 4 Mori Village and 4* Campsite Baia Blu La Tortuga.

Having graduated from an up-and-coming holiday destination to a firmly established tourist destination, Croatia offers simply fantastic beach holidays on the impossibly clear waters of the Adriatic Coast. In Istria, enjoy stunning beaches on stay at 4* Campsite Vestar, 4* Campsite Lanterna and 4* Campsite Park Umag, while in Dalmatia, savour the sun that shines on 4* Campsite Zaton and 4* Campsite Solaris.

Things to do while enjoying a beach camping holiday

A variety of activities await those who book a camping holiday by the sea, no matter what type of sunny escape floats your boat. Some beaches are ideal for simply lazing on and basking under sun before cooling off with a swim, all while the little ones splash around and make sandcastles.

Active campers can make a splash by engaging in a variety of water sports including surfing, jet skiing, canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing, parasailing, diving, snorkelling and much more. Many of our destinations by the sea are located close to water sports providers.

A stay by the sea also affords holidaymakers to enjoy stunning views while embarking on a shoreline stroll or a coastal cycle trip.