There are plenty of campsites to choose from, especially on Spain's coastline
Spain may be one of Europe’s largest countries, but most visitors are drawn to its coastline. So I make no apologies for my Spanish campsite selections - most of which are on the stunning Costa Brava in north-east Spain and on the Bay of Biscay in what is known as Green Spain. All sites mentioned accept tents and caravans and many hire out ready-erected tents, mobile homes and cabins, directly or through British firms.
by Camping Expert John Lloyd
Sites for families
Camping Playa Joyel, Noja is a little off the beaten track by a sandy beach west of Bilbao. It has plenty to keep younger family members happy, including play areas, tennis courts, a pool complex and an animal park. Watersports equipment can be hired on the beach while nearby wetlands are great for birdwatching.
Camping Castell Montgri, Estartit has stunning views, excellent facilities and a season-round activity programme. This lively site, with two pool complexes, both with bar, restaurant and sun terraces, and an underground disco, is the ideal family campsite in Spain. From Estartit you can take boat trips to observe marine life.
Vilanova Park, is located in Vilanova i la Geltru between Barcelona and Salou. This attractively landscaped site has two pool complexes, an indoor pool and a fitness centre. You can play tennis, table tennis, volleyball and boules, and there’s a children’s mini zoo. Near Salou, Port Aventura theme park is a must.
South of Tarragona, Camping L’Ametlla is a small, friendly site overlooking picturesque coves. It has a superb pool, a gym and diving school. Facilities include a restaurant, play-park and disco-pub. Port Aventura is nearby, as is the Ebro Delta nature park.
Sites for couples
An hour from Bilbao, Camping Igueldo is high above San Sebastian near Monte Igueldo. Facilities include a bar and restaurant, but no sports. San Sebastian’s highlights are the beautiful Bahia de la Concha and the old town with restaurants serving some of Spain’s finest food.
Near the Pyrenees’ Ordesa National Park, peaceful Camping Gavin has superb mountain views. Facilities, in traditional buildings, include a bar and restaurant. There is also a swimming pool and cycle hire and, locally, great hiking, rafting, horse-riding and skiing.
Camping La Paz, Vidiago: Overlooking the sea and backed by the Picos de Europa, this terraced site has spectacular views from most pitches - Green Spain at its best. There’s direct access to a sandy cove, plus a bar and restaurant (amazing sunsets). A short drive west, Llanes is a charming fishing village.
Camping Aquarius is the place to enjoy romantic evenings of music and dance after days windsurfing, kite-surfing or sailing. There are restaurants, a beach bar, flamenco shows and, nearby, lovely Cadaqués, where surrealist artist Salvador Dali lived. A museum of his work is at Figueres.
Sites for single-parent families
In Cantabria’s Oyambre Natural Park near Comillas, Camping Playa de Oyambre is a friendly site a short walk from a sandy beach. Facilities include a pool, multi-sports and play areas and a restaurant. Comillas has an unusual restaurant designed by renowned architect Gaudí.
A large beachside site in the Empordá Nature Park, Camping Cypsela is great for young children. As well as a kids’ club, games room, playgrounds and a pool complex, there are two restaurants, a snack bar, take-way and bar. Activities include tennis, football, crazy golf, table tennis and roller skating.
Camping Cala Gogo has lots to keep you on site, including tennis, football, aerobics and water polo, as well as two pools, playgrounds and evening entertainment. Fabulous sandy beaches are accessed via a tunnel under the road, while Playa d’Aro has cafes, bars and restaurants.
If you’re looking for French campsites, see our guide to campsites in France
P&Os camping holiday expert
In the past 20 years, John Lloyd has written extensively on travel and the outdoors in newspapers, magazines and books. He also edited Camping Magazine for 10 years and now writes regularly for the Caravan Club Magazine as well as for Living Spain, Destination France and France Magazine. There are few places in Europe and the US where he hasn't pitched at tent at some point. Whilst he's happy to enjoy the luxuries of a top grade campsite, he also likes camping out in remote wilderness areas.