Travel inspiration for 2012 from HomeAway.co.uk
22/11/11 – If you haven’t yet decided where to go in 2012, there are plenty of festivals and events all over the world throughout the year. HomeAway.co.uk, the UK’s number one holiday rentals website, has selected 12 great destinations and holiday homes suitable for each month. Attending a festival or event is a great way to get beneath the skin of a place and opting for a holiday rental instead of a hotel also adds to the experience by enabling you to live like a local and get outside the tourist zones.
Kick off the year atop of all the hottest new trends at Berlin Fashion Week; get romantic at the carnival in Venice over Valentine’s, then celebrate the arrival of spring in March during the famous ‘Las Fallas’ in Valencia. In April, head to Mayrhofen in Austria for ‘Snowbombing’; the biggest and best Alpine music festival, and in May visit one of Florence's most beautiful buildings for ‘Artigianato e Palazzo’, a beautiful art and crafts fair.
In June, combine a city break with a spot of shopping at the Istanbul Shopping Fest and in July don’t miss the event of the year, the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in London! If you are a film enthusiast the Open Air Film Festival Amsterdam in August is must, while for culinary delights, visit the Galway Oyster Festival, which hits this charming Irish city at the end of every September.
In October celebrate Halloween in Dublin and join the Samhain Parade for a spectacle of dancers and monsters; in November get yourself in the Christmas mood at the Christmas market in Vienna, and in December swap the grey skies of home for some winter sun in Phuket and witness Asia's biggest and most popular regatta at the The Phuket King's Cup Regatta.
Take your pick from one of the festivals below and choose a holiday rental for a more enriching travel experience, or browse www.HomeAway.co.uk for more than 250,000 properties worldwide.
Prices quoted are per property for the corresponding festival. Prices were correct at the time of publishing and all properties still had good availability.
January - Berlin
Berlin Fashion Week (18th-22nd January 2012)
Stay in: www.HomeAway.co.uk/p549447
A stylish one-bedroom apartment part of a renovated Wilhelminian style house, built in 1900, located in Charlottenburg. The apartment features a light, art nouveau bedroom/living area, a fully equipped kitchen and a comfortable bathroom with bathtub and shower.
1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, £325 per property per week
February - Venice
Venice Carnival (11th – 21st February 2012)Stay in: www.HomeAway.co.uk/p464800
A romantic apartment, recently restored, located in the delightful Santi Apostoli area of Cannaregio, a few minutes from Rialto Bridge. Located on the fourth floor of an ancient Venetian Palazzo, with traditional Venetian 'terrazzo' flooring, the property comprises a comfortable living room, a dining room, a well furnished kitchen, a wide bedroom and a modern marble furnished bathroom. All rooms have large picture windows running their entire length, affording the most peculiar views of the Santi Apostoli bell tower, the gondolas on the Rio dei Santi Apostoli and the surrounding private garden.
1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3, £1,028 per week
March - Valencia
Las Fallas (15th – 19th March 2012)Stay in: www.HomeAway.co.uk/p864346
A stunning high-end apartment located in the city centre with Jacuzzi and a beautiful terrace. The apartment has two bedrooms, a stylish living area, a fully equipped kitchen with an island and two modern bathrooms.
2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, £214 per night
April - Mayrhofen, Austria
Snowbombing (9th – 14th April 2012)Stay in: www.HomeAway.co.uk/p760757
A modern duplex penthouse apartment spread over two levels featuring four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen and a dining area and lounge with fireplace. There is also a balcony and a heated roof terrace. The apartment is located in the town of Mayrhofen, less than 80m from the ski lift, the main shopping area and supermarket.
4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, £2,604 per week
May - Florence
Artigianato e Palazzo (Artisans and the Palace fair) (mid May)Stay in: www.HomeAway.co.uk/p442400
A truly elegant apartment situated in the very heart of Florence, close to Piazza Santa Croce. The elegant building offers comfortable accommodation in 18 apartments that face an internal large courtyard. All apartments have just been completely renovated according to the Tuscan style by using noble materials such as marble from Carrara, local wood and stone. The apartment extends over two floors and offers all modern comforts including air conditioning and internet.
3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, £1,696 per week
June - Istanbul
Istanbul Shopping Fest (9th – 29th June 2012)Stay in: www.HomeAway.co.uk/p441184
An authentic Greek house with terrace, located in the very heart of Istanbul, along the famous Golden Horn. The property features arty furniture, large bedrooms with ancient wood ceilings, large stairs and lots of light. Though very central, the district is not overwhelmed by tourists and shelters all sorts of little shops, cafes and a wonderful organic market.
2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, £651 per week
July - London
London 2012 Olympic Games (27th July - 12th August)Stay in: www.HomeAway.co.uk/p859008
Charming, modern mews townhouse in Greenwich set over three floors and located in a very small gated development. There are three double bedrooms with three bathrooms and a large lounge with sofa bed. The house is finished to a high standard with high quality furnishings throughout, wireless internet and all mod cons. Outside, there is a charming town garden and free car parking space inside the gates.
3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9, £3,500 per week
August - Amsterdam
Open Air Film Festival (mid August)Stay in: www.HomeAway.co.uk/p59281
A beautifully renovated fully equipped studio apartment with high ceilings built in an 18th century warehouse located within walking distance of all the main tourist attractions.
1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, £968 per week
September - Galway, Ireland
Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival (28th – 30th September 2012)Stay in: www.HomeAway.co.uk/p96592
A large contemporary house with spectacular views of Galway Bay. The house is newly decorated, is spacious, stylish, comfortable and very well equipped. There are plenty of food stores within easy reach and an abundance of child friendly restaurants and pubs so whether you wish to stay in and cook at home or go out for the evening, the choice is yours. The property boasts a secure large south west facing rear garden and secure private off street parking.
4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, £767 per week
October - Dublin
Samhain Halloween Parade (end of October)Stay in: www.HomeAway.co.uk/p93409
Spacious, high-end rental apartment situated on a tree-lined road featuring red brick Victorian properties. The apartment has many original features such as a large cast iron fireplace, high ceilings, cornicing and coving. The living room has solid oak flooring, large bay window, leather sofas which open into beds and flat screen TV with DVD player.
1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5, £574 per week
November - Vienna
Christmas Market (mid November)Stay in: www.HomeAway.co.uk/p777125
Modern, colourful apartment located between the Hundertwasser house and the Kunsthaus Wien on a quiet side road in the third district. The apartment is situated in a small residence from the turn of the century on the first floor with lift access and a private courtyard.
1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, £660 per week
December - Phuket
Phuket King's Cup Regatta (first week of December)Stay in: www.HomeAway.co.uk/p437092
A stunning beachfront villa with private pool and unrivalled island views. The villa is located on the beautiful Ao Yon beach adjacent to the ultra exclusive Cape Panwa headland. Some of Asia's finest golf courses are only 30 minutes away whilst the islands of Koh Phi Phi, Koh Lon and Koh Racha are just a short boat ride away.
3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, £1,495 per week