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.


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.

How many vacation rentals are available around Europe?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 1,007,633 vacation rentals around Europe. From 502,231 condo and apartment rentals to 102,231 villa rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

Can I rent a beach property in Europe?

If you're into ocean horizons and the sound of waves, you're in luck! Vrbo has 198,252 vacation homes by the beach to choose from. Open to more ideas? Vrbo has plenty more property options to have a look at, including:

  • 191,704 seaside vacation rentals.
  • 152,215 rural vacation rentals.
  • 137,684 village vacation rentals.

Can I rent an apartment in Europe?

Unpack your suitcase, check out the view and turn the kettle on. If you're looking for a home away from home, an apartment rental is a great way to go. You can select from 518,340 different options via Vrbo. How does $10 per night sound? That's what you could be spending if you don't dilly dally! Or perhaps you'd rather choose one of the area's other sought-after property options, like:

  • House: 272,984 vacation homes. Prices start from $11 per night.
  • Villa: 101,968 vacation homes. Prices start from $12 per night.
  • Hotel: 60,996 vacation homes. Prices start from $11 per night.

Can I stay in Europe in a large group?

Sometimes it can be tough finding time to relax with your nearest and dearest. A trip away is the perfect way to come together. If you were planning to kick back under the same roof, Vrbo has places to suit. Why not take a look at the 93,274 apartment vacation homes listed here? They're the most popular choice for big groups of visitors. Rental options in the area that can cater for large groups include:

  • If yours is a group of 6, we've got 215,884 vacation homes suitable for that size. Stay a night for as little as $21.
  • If you've got 5 in your family, you'll be thrilled to discover that there are 110,759 vacation homes suitable. Prices start at $13 per night.
  • Searching for rentals to suit 8 guests? You'll be happy to know we have 91,701 that'll be ideal. You can bag one from just $22 per night.

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

Where are the cheapest rentals in Europe?

Show the door to dull cookie-cutter chain-hotel rooms! Delight in the charm of living like a local in an affordable rental instead. Check out all the diverse options that can be secured now on Vrbo. Cologne is a great area to take a look at if you want to keep your budget under control. Vrbo has 615 rentals, and the average price is a very agreeable $97 per night. Another 154 Vrbo rentals are on offer in or around Frankfurt. With an average price of $106 a night, you're sure to snatch a deal worth bragging to your friends about.

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