Top ten… Campsites for teenagers

Summer is the ultimate time to be a teenager. Schools out, exams are done and there’s nothing better than chilling out with new friends, swimming, and sampling a fantastic choice of sports and activities.

Whether your teens want to unwind on the beach, relax with a good book or get active at FamilyExtra sessions, we’ve put together our list of the top ten campsites for holidays with teenagers.


Summer is a great time for resting your brain after all that hard work at school. Go ahead; sleep in if you want. Listen to your favourite music or lie in the sun with a good book. Most Canvas Holidays campsites have fantastic swimming pool complexes and sun terraces – ideal for those lazy sunny days.

1) Camping Internacional de Calonge, Playa d’Aro (Costa Brava)

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Swimming pool at Internacional de Calogne, Playa d’Aro

This is a lovely campsite with an amazing beach right on the doorstep. The pool complex is great too, with two full-sized pools surrounded by a sun terrace, ideal for relaxing and enjoying the sunshine. To top it all off, get a cooling drink or ice-cream from the bar – there are superb views of the coast.


Get active

If you want to learn a new sport or experience something totally different, then our FamilyExtra campsites are the perfect choice. With activity sessions tailored for 12-18 year olds, teenagers can hang out with friends their own age, with the freedom to relax and join in activities they enjoy.

Not really your scene? Then why not turn your hand to a spot of tennis, golf, cycling, horse riding or volleyball?

3) Domaine des Ormes, Dol-de-Bretagne (North Brittany)

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Parents will enjoy the 18-hole golf course which winds its way through the woods, while you have fun with your friends at the fabulous pool complex. There are three pools and a superb water park, as well as a covered lagoon-style pool and wave pool. There really is something for everyone here; tennis, horse riding, bicycle hire, canoeing, pedalo hire, plus an extensive entertainment programme and disco.

4) Camping la Sirène, Argelès (Languedoc-Roussillon)

This campsite has an amazing pool complex, with its own palm fringed desert island and waterslides. You get a Canvas Club Pass when you arrive, which gives you free access to a ‘Club La Sirène’ activities, including tennis, mini-golf and scuba diving. Why not try out some water sports at the many facilities along this beautiful coast?

Cultural medley

Step out of your normal environment and immerse yourself into a new culture, sampling new food, sights, shops and history. Canvas Holidays have many campsites near areas of cultural interest, as well as being ideally placed to visit some of Europe’s most vibrant cities.

5)  Tamarit Park, Tarragona (Costa Dorada)

Tamarit Park is located right on a stretch of golden sandy beach, with magnificent views of Tamarit Castle. There’s a train station located close to the campsite, meaning it’s really easy to explore the local area. Barcelona is a vibrant city and well worth a day trip to soak up the culture.

6) Union Lido, Venice (Adriatic)

This is a large and lively campsite, ideally located for visiting Venice. The campsite has everything you need, including a fabulous swimming pool and plenty of activities. Most teenagers find the glorious sandy beach is the real draw – there is direct access from site.

Flex your freedom

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Make new friends!

A Canvas Holiday is a great chance to get to know teens from different nations, hit the beach and enjoy some new found independence. Many campsites have a variety of entertainment on offer – dance the night away at a disco or enjoy live music beneath the stars.


7) Camping Norcenni Girasole Club, Florence (Tuscany) 

Set in a stunning position in the Arno Valley, just half an hour south of Florence. You’ll have hours of fun at the two pool complexes, complete with waterslide, plus there’s an excellent animations programme with regular teenage discos.


Time together

Activities are a must but relaxing as a family is equally important. There is something about camping and being outdoors that brings a family together, be it playing badminton and Frisbee, sizzling sausages with dad or challenging everyone to a game of Monopoly.

9) Domaine de Chalain, Lac de Chalain (Jura)

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Domaine de Chalain, Jura 

Laze on the sandy lakeside beach, or canoe, sail, windsurf or take a pedalo out on the water. The site is part of the FamilyExtra programme, so take time out and enjoy some activities together. Off site, head off on foot or by bike and explore the magnificent countryside.

Theme parks

Let off steam and splash yourself silly at a theme park. There’s a mindboggling mix of thrill and family rides, water parks and entertainment guaranteed to keep you amused all day. Canvas Holidays offer a variety of campsites within easy reach of some of the best theme parks in Europe.

10) Camping la Croix du Vieux Pont, Berny Rivière (Paris)

At the centre of site there are two lakes for fishing and water sports, plus a swimming lake with sandy beach and beach bar. A sunny terrace overlooks the pool complex – with a superb heated indoor pool with waterslides and a lagoon-style outdoor pool. The new additions of 10-pin bowling and laser quest are sure to be a hit with teenagers, plus it is also only an hour to Paris and Disneyland® Paris.

There’s more information about camping holidays with teenagers on our website. Why not also take a look at our Top ten campsites for toddlers?


  1. Just got back from Le Clarys Plage. After a difficult start (thanks to Her Majesty’s Passport Office) the staff in the Canvas head office couldn’t have been more helpful and friendly. When we got to the site I the Vendee Tom and Holly our site reps were really helpful and friendly and full of local information and just ‘there’ when we needed them. Thanks Tom and Holly. My 12 year old had a fab time, met loads of new friends own day 2 and we hardly saw him! Had to drag him away when it was sadly time for our holiday to end. The only ‘down side’ was how busy the pool was – accept it is peak season. If you wanted a subbed you had to queue about 45 mins before the pool opened which seemed late to me at 10.30am. Good pool though but as I sat very busy. The mobile home was well equipped and very comfortable. Not as new and flashy as the Thomson Al Fresco homes but did the job well. Thanks team – great time and some good memories.

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