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.

Things to do

You'd need more than one lifetime to explore Europe

You'd need many lifetimes to truly get to grips with Europe's historical attractions. You could get lost in the maze of Istanbul's colorful Grand Bazaar, or imagine gladiators battling in Rome's Colosseum. In London, you can visit the famous bridges or admire the splendid Georgian architecture. Paris is a world unto itself. If you nab a Europe vacation rental here, you can lay out a romantic picnic next to the Eiffel Tower, look up at the Gothic gargoyles that adorn Notre Dame, or spot the Mona Lisa and other masterpieces in some of the world's greatest art museums.

Activities

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.

Weather

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 967,558 vacation rentals near Europe. From 96,834 Villas to 253,313 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:

  • Paris: 5,978 vacation rentals
  • Barcelona: 4,388 vacation rentals
  • London: 11,935 vacation rentals
  • Rome: 9,763 vacation rentals
  • Italy: 165,341 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:

  • Paris: 5,978 rentals
  • Barcelona: 4,388 rentals
  • London: 11,935 rentals
  • Rome: 9,763 rentals
  • Amsterdam: 1,711 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): 6,536 vacation rentals
  • Santorini Airport (JTR): 945 vacation rentals
  • Lisboa Airport (LIS): 6,383 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:

  • Lake Braies: 504 rentals
  • Branimir Centar: 522 rentals
  • London (ZEP-Victoria Train Station): 11,912 rentals
  • Valencia (YJV-Valencia-Joaquin Sorolla Train Station): 1,574 rentals
  • Montmartre: 434 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.

Explore destinations around Europe

Tuscany
34,266 vacation rentals
Prague
1,206 vacation rentals
Crete
7,044 vacation rentals
Vienna
1,046 vacation rentals
Scotland
9,786 vacation rentals
Faro District
14,217 vacation rentals
Sicily
21,690 vacation rentals
Sardinia
15,575 vacation rentals
England
71,657 vacation rentals
Puglia
15,275 vacation rentals
Azores
1,036 vacation rentals
Corsica
11,366 vacation rentals
Brussels-Capital Region
755 vacation rentals
Normandy
8,658 vacation rentals
HH
636 vacation rentals
County Cork
505 vacation rentals
Wales
10,984 vacation rentals
IDF
6,943 vacation rentals
Canary Islands
18,520 vacation rentals
Loire Valley
2,993 vacation rentals