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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.

How many vacation rentals are available around Europe?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 975,844 vacation rentals around Europe. From 491,205 condo and apartment rentals to 100,652 villa rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

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 Vrbo travelers, the top most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Barcelona: 3,777 vacation rentals
  • Municipio I: 5,096 vacation rentals
  • Dublin: 434 vacation rentals
  • City of Westminster: 4,114 vacation rentals
  • Venezia-Murano-Burano: 1,922 vacation rentals

And Vrbo 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:

  • Barcelona: 3,777 rentals
  • Dublin: 434 rentals
  • Madrid: 2,872 rentals
  • Nice: 7,344 rentals
  • Munich: 370 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:

  • Thira (JTR-Santorini National): 1,066 vacation rentals
  • Lisbon (LIS-Humberto Delgado): 6,265 vacation rentals
  • Beaune (XBV): 501 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?

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

  • Reykjavik: 406 rentals
  • Branimir Centar: 522 rentals
  • Ambleside: 1,797 rentals
  • Valencia (YJV-Valencia-Joaquin Sorolla Train Station): 1,297 rentals
  • La Rambla: 3,919 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Europe listed on Vrbo 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

Budapest
804 vacation rentals
Crete
8,224 vacation rentals
Faro District
15,046 vacation rentals
Tuscany
31,494 vacation rentals
Azores
1,186 vacation rentals
County Galway
719 vacation rentals
Scotland
7,732 vacation rentals
Vienna
1,273 vacation rentals
Berlin
827 vacation rentals
England
55,357 vacation rentals
Madeira Region
2,712 vacation rentals
County Cork
471 vacation rentals
Lisbon District
6,369 vacation rentals
Istria (county)
22,092 vacation rentals
Sicily
17,199 vacation rentals
Prague
1,192 vacation rentals
County Kerry
947 vacation rentals
Donegal (county)
380 vacation rentals
Sardinia
14,027 vacation rentals
County Clare
608 vacation rentals