If you plan to travel to Spain (or are lucky enough to live here!) and are looking for a truly unique holiday experience, consider camping! Spain has some of the best family camping sites around and is the perfect getaway for nature-lovers and adventure seekers.
One of our family’s very first weekend trips in Spain ended up being one of our favorites that we reflect on often. It offered lasting memories and some of the most beautiful landscapes we’ve ever seen!
It’s true, Spain boasts some of the most impressive and history-rich cities in the world. But when one ventures off the beaten path and into the tranquility of nature, they’re guaranteed a truly unique experience than no city can compare to.
But not all campsites are created equal. And just because the photos online look appealing, doesn’t mean this is the right camping destination for your family. Things like overpriced plots, unsanitary public spaces, and lack of amenities are just a few of the issues you may run into when booking a campsite without first doing your research.
That’s why I’ve solicited some of my favorite travel blogging friends to share their best camping experiences in Spain. Get the lowdown on what the hotspots are and why as well as the surrounding areas and things to do.
BUT, before you reserve your next pitch of dirt and start singing “Kumbaya”, make sure you know what you’re getting yourself and your family into! Camping (or even GLAMping) can be great fun or a total disaster if you aren’t prepared!
Here are some essentials our family has come to rely on during camping trips, all of which can be found (thankfully!) on Amazon…
7 Best Family Campsites in Spain
Camping Calle Llevado – Tossa de Mar
When my husband tossed out the idea of going on a family camping trip, I’ll admit I was less than thrilled. The idea of sleeping in a tent or log cabin in the middle of the woods with minimal amenities and plenty of bugs was NOT my idea of a relaxing family vacation.
But what I didn’t realize at the time was how incredible so many of the camping sites in Spain really are! These aren’t your average dirt pitches.
Take Camping Calle Llevado in Tossa de Mar for example. Located only an hour north of Barcelona, this campsite transported us to a world of peace and tranquility with some of the most stunning views we’ve ever seen!
With accommodations to suit every type of camper, Calle Llevado caters to the masses. Looking for a true camping experience sleeping outdoors under the stars? Just reserve a camping pitch for a mere €30 a plot.
Perhaps you’re into more of a “glamping” type experience with running water, a small kitchen and cots for sleeping? Ask for the bungalow! Or for the real high-rollers, family cabins offer it all including TV.
But the accommodations aren’t the best part of this campsite. The views are!! Nestled in the wooded area just south of the Tossa de Mar town, Calle Llevado is quite private and offers entrances to three separate beach coves. A real slice of heaven, guys!
Our children loved hiking the trails down to the beach and we even came to learn of a trail leading directly into the town of Tossa. If you’ve never been here before, it’s one of our favorite towns – great restaurants and shopping as well as a centuries old medieval castle sitting right smack on the beach. Stunning!
In addition to hiking, Calle Llevado offers a convenient onsite restaurant (although a tad pricey), a playground for kids, poolside chess and a large swimming pool with kiddie section. Literally everything you need to enjoy a few days “away from it all”.
Keep in mind when booking there is a 2-night minimum. But I doubt you’ll have any problem convincing your travel partners to stay for that long.
Camping Barcelona – Mataró
Contribution by The Two That Do
To be considered one of the best family camping sites in Spain a site must surely boast a selection of amenities, be close to idyllic beaches and be within easy access to other attractions. Camping Barcelona in the coastal suburb of Mataró, 30 km east of dynamic Barcelona most definitely ticks all of these boxes.
The site itself prides itself in its clean and modern bathrooms, a good sized heated swimming pool, restaurant, camp store and that all important free wi-fi. During the popular months of July and August the site also provides beach clubs, organised children activities and family entertainment.
All of this on the coast north of Materó and stunning panoramic sea views over the Mediterranean.
The several surrounding beaches of this Costa del Maresme region are helpfully served by a selection of free shuttle buses. These also serve local markets and Mataró train station for services to Barcelona and beyond.
Camping Barcelona also offers four shuttle bus services per day for the 30-45 minute journey to Place de la Catalunya in the centre of the city. At a cost of just €2.90 this is fantastic value for money to add a city break to your family beach time. The opportunity to explore Barcelona and its world famous attractions such as Sagrada Familia should not be missed.
During the August high season a normal sized pitch will cost around €30.00. Add to this a cost of €8.95 for adults and 6.45 for children and the family is perfectly situated for a fun, diverse and exhilarating break.
Camping Los Escullos – Cabo de Gata
Contribution by Brainy Backpackers
One of the best family campsites in Spain is without a doubt Camping Los Escullos in Cabo de Gata.
It’s situated in the middle of vast desert landscape in the astounding Natural Park, though it’s possible to walk to the closest beach, it is perfectly placed to explore the surroundings by car with the whole family.
The campground is large and clean and there is a big pool where you can spend the day with the kids. There are always a lot of children there so making new friends for your little ones will be no problem. There is both a restaurant and shop at the camping.
There are also great child friendly beaches in Cabo de Gata, like Los Genoveses beach, where the water is glittering and shallow. Do as the Spanish, add a parasol (or two) and cooler on your eco friendly camping checklist and have your lunch in the shade at the beach with the whole family.
There are also small walks you can do to secret beaches if you and your family are feeling adventurous.
The villages of San Jose and Las Negras are only a short drive from the campground and have restaurants and beaches, but if you want water activities you can book them straight from the camping. There are canoes for rent just outside the entrance for an unforgettable family adventure.
Camper Park Playas de Luz – Huelva
Contribution by Paulina on the Road
There are several family Camping Sites in Spain. But if you’re looking for camping amidst a beautiful and pleasant surrounding, Camper Park Playas de Luz near Huelva, undoubtedly seems the best option.
Huelva is a city in southwestern Spain, where the camping site is located along the Gulf of Cadiz coast at the confluence of two rivers, Odile and Tinto.
The terraced campsite with sloping grounds is marked out and pitches without shade, besides having a playground. Plus, make sure to book your appointments from their official site: camperpark.es to visit the park from 9 am to 9 pm, which usually remains open every day.
Camper Park Playas de Luz is an excellent spot for families, especially when you can enjoy camping with maximum possible comfort. Get to experience the dream beach of fine sand, bizarre sunsets glimpse, and all enclosed within a refreshing environment that you can’t even imagine.
It’s a spacious and well-tended park, offering several amenities to its visitors. This place is a couple of minutes’ drive from shops, eateries, and bars in Pozo del Camino, which is further 10 minutes from the beach.
Sideways, you can tour the spacious park, set next to Isla Christina salt marshes on Andalucia’s coast, alongside Doñana National Park within 50 mins range.
Additionally, the park features an on-site Bird viewing platform, bike trail to marshes, town, and a few exciting outdoor activities.
Moreover, there are a few other things to do in Huelva, including exploring Castillo de Niebla, Barrio de Reina Victoria, Plaza de las Monjas, shopping from Holea shopping Centre, and more. Further, to have a great experience, stay in hotels, like- Hispania house, Exe Tartessos, plus taste the white prawns, sea bass, and cuttlefish.
However, the best time to camp there is during April-October when the weather is warm, clear, and appealing.
L’Amfora – Sant Pere Pescador
Contribution by Bee Loved City
Located in Sant Pere Pescador, L’Amfora is one of the camping sites in Spain for family holidays!
You can choose to book a camping pitch or one of the beautiful bungalows! There is direct access to the beach and several pools. Perfect to cool down in the afternoon.
The beach is perfect for children and there is plenty of space. In addition, the waters are shallow. You will also get to admire the beautiful views over the gulf of Roses.
If you’d like to try water activities, feel free to ask at the reception. They have loads of equipment for hire and give classes. In summer, you will also find many activities such as Zumba and scavenger hunts.
L’Amfora is a very relaxed and nice caravan park. It’s not small but it sure feels like it. Everything is about conviviality. It feels like home! The staff do everything they can to make your stay the best it can be.
You will also find a bakery and a restaurant that serves delicious traditional Catalan food.
You can also choose to explore the rest of the Costa Brava. There are many day trips you can take. Make sure to go to Roses, Cadaques and L’Escala. If you feel like driving a bit more you can also spend the day in South West France or Barcelona.
El Vendrell Platja Camping – Calafell
Contribution by Vicki Viaja
One of the most underrated coasts in Spain is the Costa Dorada. While most travelers are drawn to the more northerly Costa Brava, the Costa Dorada, which is also located in Catalonia, is at least as beautiful.
One of the best places to visit to enjoy Costa Dorada is Calafell, Spain. We visit at least once a year to enjoy the wonderful beach. El Vendrell Platja Camping is particularly recommended to spend your holidays.
Not only the location of this camping site is great. Because from there, you will only need to walk half a minute to reach the beach.
Vendrell beach is excellent for families as the waves rarely get high. There is also fine sand, which is perfect for playing and building sandcastles. Also, a lifeguard is always nearby during the high season to make sure everyone is safe while bathing in the Mediterranian’s refreshing water.
But the offers on the campsite itself are also great. In addition to a large pool for swimming, a smaller pool awaits the little visitors right next to it. There is a slide in the children’s pool and lots of opportunities to play.
Moreover, the campsite offers various accommodation types and is, therefore, structured like a small village. In addition to bungalows of different standards, you can also rent a simple place to camp or mobile home space.
A small supermarket, public washing machines, various sports facilities, a restaurant/café by the pool, and a beach club also provide an even better holiday feeling.
Camping El Sur – Andalucía
Contribution by Beste voor Kids
Camping El Sur is located in Andalusia, near the enchanting village Ronda. Ronda is famous for its steep cliffs and pretty whitewashed houses perched on top of those cliffs.
Camping El Sur is an excellent campsite for families because of the many facilities and amenities. Many of the spacious camping sites offer shade below old olive and almond trees.
The campsite is built upon a hill and has several terraces, as such the spots on the highest terraces have a beautiful view over the surroundings. The facilities (toilets and showers) are in good condition and were very clean during our time at the campsite.
At Camping El Sur there are plenty of things to keep your kids entertained. There is a good-sized swimming pool (June-September), a playground with slides and swings, a giant chess set, and a ping-pong table. You can also engage in a game of minigolf with your entire family, this will definitely instill your kids with a sense of competition. The prize can be an ice-cream or a delicious brownie that’s served for dessert in the onsite restaurant.
Around the camping, there is lots to do as well. Surrounded by three nature reserves (Sierra de Grazalema, Sierra de las Nieves and Los Alcornocales), there are many hiking opportunities, both long as well as shorter trails suitable for families with kids. Those with older kids and a strong sense of adventure may want to tackle the Via Ferrata on the Tajo de Ronda.
Altogether Camping El Sur is a lovely spot to spend a couple of days when visiting Andalusia with your family.
Have an amazing family camping site in Spain and want to include it here? Just comment below about your experience and I’m happy to continue adding to the list!