Top European Beach Holidays

Europe has hundreds of brilliant beaches, making them the perfect family beach holiday destinations in Europe. So we challenged our team of regional experts to hand-pick the top 10 beach holidays to try in 2015.

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). 

Men-Allen, Brittany

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 ›
Argelès-Plage, Roussillon

Argelès-Plage, Roussillon

Closest parc: Le Soleil, 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 Le Soleil is the perfect choice for your next beach holiday in Roussillon, as it’s the only one in the resort that has direct beach access.

Le Soleil ›
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 ›
Raguenès, Brittany

Raguenès, Brittany

Closest parc: Raguénès-Plage
Distance from parc to beach: Direct access

Raguénès Plage is in northern France and just a short hop across the channel. Despite the short distance, there is a huge range of activities to fill your beach holiday: windsurfing, canoeing and kayaking. Or why not hire a dingy and bob along the shoreline?

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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 ›
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 ›
St Cyprien, Roussillon

St Cyprien, Roussillon

Closest parc: Cala Gogo
Distance from parc to beach: Direct access

St Cyprien is a long, sandy beach in southern France that stretches for 3kms. It's equally as popular with swimmers looking for a splash-about, and kite-surfers making the most of the coastal winds. But what will make this beach holiday special are the awesome views of the towering Pyrénées just beyond the sands.

Cala Gogo ›
Le Bois Plage en Ré, one of the best beaches in France

Le Bois Plage en Ré, Ile de Ré

Closest Parc: Interlude
Distance from parc to beach: 5 minute walk, 300 metres

Ile de Ré is a picturesque island off the French Atlantic coast and Bois-Plage-en-Ré is its main beach. We love this beach for its clean white sands and glistening waters, which are brilliant for swimming or a spot of windsurfing. There's even a beach club for kids too!

Interlude ›
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 ›