Destination guide

Europe's long and complex history

There's no simple way to put Europe into words. Ancient ruins, artistic pedigree and a long and complex history make it one of the world's most fascinating and varied continents. Its relatively compact size and growing network of low-cost flight routes make hopping from the elegant canals of Venice to buzzy London, on to Moorish-influenced Andalucia and back to the tree-lined boulevards of Paris a breeze . When you stay at a Europe vacation rental, you'll find one of the joys is the cuisine, which is as diverse as the people and landscapes.


Europe can be adrenaline pumping and sedate

Whether you're looking for adrenaline pumping all-out activities like bungee jumping, or more sedate adventures like coastal walking, Europe's got you covered. In Greece, you can don a mask to delve into the deep in search of marine life, while in the Austrian Tyrol you can circle on morning thermals attached to a paraglider. If you've nabbed a Europe vacation rental in Amsterdam, you can meander slowly around the beautiful city on classic bicycles, or if you're in Scotland, you could upgrade to something more modern and race down highland trails. Walking is big in Europe and you'll never be short on somewhere to hike.


Europe's varied climate with distinct seasons

Europe's weather is highly varied and surprisingly changeable. While the Alps might be carpeted in snow being carved up by skiers, just a couple of hours flight south in Italy or Spain, beach bums are being drenched in sunshine along the coast. As a general rule of thumb, the north of Europe receives below-freezing winters and hot summers, whereas the south receives mild, rainy winters with sunny summers. There's no right or wrong time to stay in a Europe vacation rental, there are things to do wherever you go, all year-round.

Natural features

Take a safari in Europe

The continent's landscape is as varied as the people who live there. The snowy peaks of mountain ranges create natural country borders, woodland still occupies around 25 percent of the land and the edges are fringed by islands like the Britain, Ireland and Sardinia. This landscape teems with fauna. On the Scottish Orkney islands, you can see cheeky puffins, while brown bears and lynx slink through the forests of Finland. In Poland, you might catch a glimpse of the last remaining European bison and off Portugal's Azores, you can have up close encounters with sperm whales and orcas.

Where to stay around Europe?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 933,595 vacation rentals near Europe. From 98,286 Villas to 244,486 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Europe for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Europe?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Europe. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Amsterdam: 1,641 vacation rentals
  • Florence: 5,778 vacation rentals
  • Dublin: 695 vacation rentals
  • Costiera Amalfitana: 4,760 vacation rentals
  • Munich: 280 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Europe! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Europe?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Europe:

  • Amsterdam: 1,641 rentals
  • Florence: 5,778 rentals
  • Dublin: 695 rentals
  • Munich: 280 rentals
  • Reykjavík: 387 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Europe?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Europe are:

  • Sorrento (RRO-Sorrento Heliport): 6,220 vacation rentals
  • Beaune (XBV): 443 vacation rentals
  • Lucca (LCV): 6,153 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Europe?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Europe. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Paris Champs de Mars-Eiffel Tower Station: 5,414 rentals
  • London Bridge: 9,522 rentals
  • Ireland's Eye: 679 rentals
  • Amsterdam Central Station: 1,966 rentals
  • Bath (QQX-Bath Spa Train Station): 1,069 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Europe listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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