European festivals for an early spring break

Celebrate the arrival of spring in Venice, Nice, Dublin or Valencia with

Venice CarnivalSay goodbye to winter and hello to the beginning of spring this year with a visit to a European carnival and enjoy magical festivities, spectacular fireworks, unique music and dancing. The months of February and March will see major festivals being organised across Europe, including the Venice and Nice Carnivals, Dublin’s St Patrick's Festival and Fallas de Valencia. For late bookers, there are still plenty of private holiday homes available to rent on HomeAway Holiday-Rentals during the events in Venice, Nice, Dublin and Valencia.

Step back in time to discover the magic of Venice during the carnival in February and enjoy the magnificent Venetian celebrations from your own Grand Canal apartment. Take in the sun on the French Riviera from a stunning beach house and join the fun at the Nice Carnival, one of the largest in the world. Be Irish for three days at St Patrick's Festival and mingle with the locals in Dublin 4, a prime affluent residential area. Or celebrate the arrival of spring with spectacular fires and pyrotechnics at the Fallas de Valencia, and watch the parades passing right by your window.

Get set for a fun start to the flower season and book one of the properties below or browse for more.

Prices quoted are per property per week for the festivals and correct at the time of publishing.

Venice Carnival
February 26 - March 8

Property 476766

A romantic retreat with the perfect Gran Canal view
1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4. £1,053 per week

Located in the residential part of the town, close to Rialto and San Marco Square, the apartment has a unique character, as it has been furnished with great taste. The double bedroom is spacious, the bathroom is newly furnished and the kitchen is fully equipped. There is a large living and dining area and two large windows facing the Gran Canal.

Property 476766

Nice Carnival
February 18 – March 8

Property 414920

Large family beach house with spectacular sea views
3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6. £1,060 per week

This beach house has two floors plus a converted sous-sol and is located in a historical, charming area of Nice. The living area looks onto the private terrace accessible through a glass door. There is a 42-inch plasma TV hooked up to SKY television with plenty of English channels to entertain the guests and a Nintendo Wii. The open-plan kitchen has been recently renovated to a very high standard. Both the beach and the famous Cours Saleya Flower and Farmers' Market are less than a minute walk away.

Property 414920

Dublin St Patrick's Festival 
17 - 20 March

Property 14378

Seafront apartment just 10 minutes from the city centre
1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3. £439 per week

This is a charming Irish Tourist Board approved apartment located in a renovated period house in Dublin 4, a prime affluent residential area. Very well presented and furnished, the property comprises a living room with doors to the sunny garden, a large bedroom, a fully equipped kitchen and a bathroom. The gorgeous Sandymount Strand is directly opposite the house and a short bus will have you in the city centre in 10 minutes. 

Property 14378

Fallas de Valencia 
15 - 19 March

Property 802904

Beautiful apartment on the most historic street in Valencia
3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5. £702 per week

Large apartment situated in an old palacio on Calle Caballeros, the most historic street in Valencia. The flat has an abundance of character and period features, including barrel-vaulted ceilings with wooden beams and mosaic tiled floors, as well as some modern touches. Watch the world go by from the front room with double-aspect views of the street. Parades pass right by the apartment.

Property 802904