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Excitement at every turn in Europe

Europe – it's what bucket lists are made of. From the Swiss Alps glowing like icing sugar above the clouds to the beaches of the Adriatic, shimmering blue and aquamarine, it's hard to believe one land mass can pack so much in. Travelling here means encountering Baltic dumplings and primeval Polish forests, Scandi-design cities and Parisian wine bars, eerie English castles and lonely Greek islands. If you think you can handle it all, Europe holiday rentals are ready and waiting, ranging from ski-in, ski-out chalets in the Pyrenees to lux villas amid the rustic hill towns of Tuscany.

Things to do

Shorten the bucket list in Europe

Europe holiday rentals in Rome are a ticket to the soaring Colosseum and the Pantheon, the Vatican and the Roman Forum – some of the most-visited landmarks on the globe. Those seeking stays in Paris need only glance across the cityscape to spy out the silhouette of the Eiffel Tower and domed Montmartre. London rentals mean glimpses of Big Ben and Buckingham Palace. Athens pads have the Parthenon on the menu. You get the idea. Just get the marker pen ready because that bucket list is about to take a hit…


Endless possibilities in Europe

There are few places on Earth where you can blaze runs down powdered ski slopes an hour before lazing on glowing beaches. There are few places where you can master the art of Italian pizza making before strapping on the hiking boots to conquer glacial mountains. Or where you can wonder at Gothic castles and cutting-edge Nordic architecture in the same trip. Europe's got all those covered and more. Families can laze on sun-splashed Greek isles. Adventurers can pitch tents on Scottish lochs. Cyclists can weave through the Dolomites, while culture lovers have Florence, Paris, Rome and other great cities.


Always a draw in Europe

The cycle of the seasons only refocuses the spotlight in Europe. During the winter it's the Alps and the Pyrenees that take centre stage, drawing skiers and jet setters to resorts in Switzerland and France and others between December and March. In spring months like April and May, the flowering Polish Tatras and the warming Greek islands wake for the season. Summer – from June to August – is travel time extraordinaire, when Europe holiday rentals in Spain, Italy, Croatia and other sunny climes fill to bursting.

Natural features

Glaciers to great seas in Europe

Europe is one of the most geographically diverse continents on the globe. Topping out with the mighty Caucasus of Georgia and the glacial tips of the French Alps, things only end when the land tumbles down to meet sloshing seas like the Med and the Baltic. Primeval forests host hulking bison in Poland, while the dusty Spanish Sierra Nevada are stalked by black bears. Greece is fragmented into countless islands of blinding beaches, while landlocked nations like Austria are all green pastures and snowy peaks. It's impossible to pin it down.

How many holiday rentals are available around Europe?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,021,616 holiday lettings around Europe. From 102,225 villas to 256,967 houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent a beach property in Europe?

Rising every morning to beach views and the soothing sound of waves at the shoreline. This is the stuff holiday fantasies are made of! HomeAway has 198,252 holiday rentals by the beach to select from. Open to more ideas? HomeAway has tons more options to explore, including:

  • 191,704 seaside holiday accommodation options.
  • 152,215 rural holiday accommodation options.
  • 137,684 village holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent an apartment in Europe?

There's no need to miss out on all the conveniences of home just because you're heading off on holiday. Kick back and relax in your very own apartment and explore the area like the locals. You'll be able to take your pick from 518,340 different options via HomeAway. How does £8 per night sound? That's what you're looking at spending if you don't leave it too long! Or maybe you'd rather one of the area's other sought-after self-catering accommodation options, like:

  • House: 272,984 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £8 per night.
  • Villa: 101,968 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £9 per night.
  • Hotel: 60,996 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £9 per night.

Can I stay in Europe in a large group?

Whether you're embarking on a special getaway with the extended fam or spending a few nights away with your old school gang, it's always lots of fun hanging out in a new place together! And the great news is that HomeAway has places to suit you. 93,274 apartment holiday rentals are available. Currently, they're the top choice here for sizeable groups. If you are hoping to stay with a large group, the rental properties that will suit your needs include:

  • If yours is a crew of 6, we have 215,884 properties suited to that size. Book a night from just £16.
  • Keen to find somewhere for 5 guests? We have 110,759 that will be perfect. Prices start from £10 a night.
  • Going away with 8 guests? We offer 91,701 rental properties that match your requirements. Prices start from £17 a night.

So don't fear! When you travel with us you can take your mom, your grandpa and all your pals to Europe.

Where are the cheapest holiday rentals in Europe?

Say goodbye to boring cookie-cutter hotel chains! Appreciate the ease of living like one of the locals in a value-packed holiday rental instead. Check out all the amazing options that can be secured now on HomeAway. Cologne is an awesome area to investigate if you want to keep an eye on your budget. HomeAway has 615 holiday rentals, and the average price is an agreeable £75 per night. Another 154 HomeAway holiday rentals are on offer in or around Frankfurt. With an average price of £81 a night, you're sure to get a deal worth boasting to your friends about.

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