10 Great Campsites next to the Beach - Perfect for Beach-loving families in France, Spain, Croatia and Italy

If your idea of holiday heaven is spending the day at the beach, why waste time getting everything into your car and then struggling to park by your favourite beach? These 10 campsites in France, Spain, Croatia and Italy, picked by I Spy Camping have direct access to the beach.

Our list was recently featured in The Sun.

Baie de Kernic, Brittany1. Baie de Kernic, Brittany. This small two-star campsite is only a 30min drive from the ferry port at Roscoff and a short, safe stroll to two typically Breton sandy beaches which reveal a world of rock pools at low tide and are superb for bathing and swimming when the water is high. The coast here is dotted with sailing clubs, bike hire and horse-riding, plus crêperies selling savoury starters followed by sweet desserts. Discover Camping Holidays on Village Center's Baie de Kernic.
Bi Village, Croatia2. Bi Village, Croatia Bi-Village, a new three-star holiday park in Istria on the Croatian coast sits on the edge of a narrow, stony beach. Don’t be put off by the lack of sand. Invest in a pair of beach shoes - the local shops sell every colour imaginable - and kids will love swimming out to the large floating play area and snorkelling through the clear, warm sea. Discover Camping Holidays on Bi Village
Sol a Gogo, Vendee3. Sol a Gogo, Vendee The Vendee beaches are amazing and the big sweeping sandy beach by Sol à Gogo is no exception. It is perfect for bathing and swimming, and has plenty of space for picnics, football and evening strolls to see the beautiful sunsets. The four-star park has its own indoor and outdoor swimming complex when you want a break from sands. Discover Camping Holidays on Sol a Gogo
Le Vieux Port near Biarritz4. Le Vieux Port near Biarritz is located in the popular seaside resort of Messanges in the small department of Pays Basque, between the Pyrenees, Spain and the larger department of Landes in South West France. It has a 5-star rating and offers a large outdoor swimming pool complex, evening entertainment, sports facilities and much, much more. Discover Le Vieux Port
Union Lido, Venice5. Union Lido, Venice Camping Union Lido is an award winning four-star holiday park with its own 1km soft sandy beach on the Adriatic. The water is shallow, clean and warm and there always lifeguards on duty. Once the kids have tired of splashing in the sea they can bounce around a giant play castle. Venice lies across the lagoon and is easily reached by ferry or bus. Discover Camping Holidays on Union Lido
Camping Interlude, Ile de Re, Charente Maritime6. Camping Interlude, Ile de Re Five-star Camping Interlude backs onto one of the golden beaches of the Ile de Ré, a tiny island off France’s west coast. The ocean is so close you can hear crashing waves at night and the wide sandy beach is great for wind surfing and sailing. The island is fab for family friendly cycling and there are lots of pretty fishing villages. Discover Camping Interlude
Eurosurf, Cote d'Azur7. Eurosurf is a small three-star campsite that backs on to a vast stretch of dunes that lead to a typically stunning Cote d’Azur beach just 50m away - so no need to battle the maddening south of France summer traffic. This is a great spot for scuba diving as the peninsula is blessed with colourful plant life and a fabulous landscape of rocks bathed by the clear Mediterranean waters. Discover Camping Eurosurf
Le Castellas, Languedoc8. Le Castellas, Languedoc sits between the Mediterranean - the nearest beach is just 100m from the site - and the Etang de Thau, France’s second largest lake. The sandy beach stretches all the way to the pretty, busy port of Sète and along the way is an inflatable play park for young children and several restaurants that transform into ultra-stylish eateries at night. Seek out the Bouzigues Oysters, which are fresh from Thau lake. Discover Le Castellas
Internacional de Calonge, Costa Brava9. Internacional de Calonge, Costa Brava Descend 100 steps from Camping Internacional de Calonge to a beautiful shingle cove that is overlooked by the three-star site. There are parasols, sun loungers and kayaks for hire, a beach volleyball court and beach bar. This Costa Brava campsite overlooks the sweeping bay of Palamòs and has its own full-sized and toddlers pools. Young kids will love taking the tractor train from the foot of the site up the hill to their holiday home. Discover Internacional de Calonge
La Torre del Sol, Costa Dorada, Spain10. La Torre del Sol, Costa Dorada Leave La Torre del Sol through a tunnel underneath a train line and emerge on the sandy Costa Dorada. The sea is especially calm in the morning although those with little ones might prefer to head back to the site when the waves pick up in the afternoon. The four-star park has a three stunning pools and very large outdoor Jacuzzi, plus there’s a cinema and theatre. Discover La Torre del Sol