Architectural holidays

Fancy a trip touring the world's most fascinating buildings?

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Jules Pearson

Ronnie McCluskey
HomeAway travel expert

FlorenceSome holidaymakers base entire getaways around the noble pursuit of falling asleep on a beach. Others prefer adventure, days packed morning to night with adrenaline-inducing fun. For anyone who appreciates great architecture, however, the simple pleasure of a city break amidst some of the world’s finest buildings is nothing short of a heavenly venture. Whether you’re studying the design of said buildings, or merely looking to enjoy a drink or two while basking in their splendour, you can’t go wrong by visiting one of our shortlisted cities.

There are far too many examples of such blessed cities to cite all of them, but our top five suggestions may give you some idea of where you’d like to go. When you’ve decided, look no further than HomeAway for your perfect rental accommodation - be it an apartment, villa or chalet. 


Top five destinations for lovers of architecture


Paris Paris

An eternally popular choice, but obvious as it may seem, Paris deserves its rep. Leaving aside even the most famous buildings - Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral - one can get the impression they are wandering around a massive open-air museum as they make their way through the city. From classic structures like the Arc de Triomphe, to modern wonders such as the pyramid that forms the entrance to the Louvre, Paris has it all. 

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Rome Rome

In terms of architecture, it’s fair to say the Romans left their mark on a continental scale. Naturally, nowhere compares to the heartland of the Italian capital city. From the ancient dawn of civilisation that saw the erection of the Colosseum, the Pantheon and the Temple of Venus and Roma, to the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel, Rome truly does hold one of the world’s finest collections of ecclesiastical architecture.

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Dubai Dubai

From the old to the very, very new, it’s difficult to fathom that even 30 years ago this city was recognised as little more than a trading hub. Fast forward to the present, and the influx of tourists that flock here to gawp at its futuristic architecture. The towering Burj Al Arab hotel is the most recognisable landmark due to its size and distinctive sail shape, but as the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa is - literally - an unmissable sight.

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Chicago Chicago

A true pioneer of modern architecture for the western world, the Illinois city has come a long way from the days where Al Capone ran amok. Effectively rebuilt after being ravaged by fire in 1871, Chicago has thrived, with notable structures like the Sears Tower, Wrigley Building and Marina City all renowned for their unique qualities. You can easily explore the majestic Windy City on foot, but if you prefer, there are tours which will show you the sights by boat on the Chicago River.

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Barcelona Barcelona

The Catalan capital is a photographer’s dream, with almost every winding street of the sprawling metropolis revealing yet another aesthetic feast. The Gothic Quarter is understandably the most revered, with the work of Antoni Gaudi looming large. The unfinished masterpiece that is La Sagrada Familia is still the most eye-catching, while a stroll down Las Ramblas will present a host of ancient and uber-modern structures. Even more recent additions, such as the Palau Sant Jordi, built for the 1992 Olympic Games, stand out. 

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Holiday Rentals in Rome

BIANCOFIORE 4 Sleeps, Holiday Villa With Pool, Park, Soccer Table And Tennis Table, Very Close To Ostia And Just A Few Kilometres From Rome

PRIVATE STRUCTURE. A cosy little villa situated in a residential area, Biancofiore is very close to Ostia and just a few kilometres from Rome. The particularity of this residence is that its furnishings are inspired by the style of Zen which, with...

FASHION - METRO. Private Cinema.(WiFi-JACUZZI -airconditioning).

Apartment located in a quiet area, equipped with every comfort: two-seat hot tub, air conditioning, built-in cinema, kitchen, satellite TV and internet access. This Apartment is located in a quiet residential area well collicated with the historic...

Near the Colisseum, Large Terrace, free Wi Fi, fans, kitchen, living room, cribs

Le Sibille Vacation House is located in the city center, on the first floor of a building of the 800 near the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore and a only 10-minute walk from the Colosseum. The apartment offers the comfort and intimacy of a privat...

The sea and the eternal city: your wonderful holiday in Rome!

This cozy apartment is located just in front of the sea! Just renewed with a living/dining room with SAT/TV and kitchen corner. Fully equipped kitchen corner, including dishwasher and washing machine. One double bedroom with ensuite bathroom with...

2 Metro Stop for Vatican Museum

Nice apartment close with the Metro A (Cornelia Station). 2 metro station to the Vatican Museum. The apartment is perfect for a nice stay in Rome. Perfect for families, friends and couple. Every room is completed with: safe, a/c, free wi-fi conne...
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