Beautiful European Destinations for Villa Holidays Rentals

European villa rentals

Renting a villa in Europe is a great idea for a holiday! Villas give you the opportunity to spread yourself out with more space than an apartment or hotel. They also give you additional facilities such as kitchens that enable you to self cater which helps keep the holiday budget in check! Whether you are a large group looking for a big villa with multiple bedrooms or just a couple looking for a small place to relax and enjoy the sunshine, Europe has endless options. We have picked some of our favourite European villa destinations below.

Italy

Italy is an incredible place to rent a villa. There are some wonderful luxury Italy villas tucked away in the Tuscan countryside where you will love simply sitting on a terrace gazing out at the rolling hills. Italy is also a great place to self cater as the country has so many local fresh ingredients that are ideal for cooking up a delicious meal.

The region certainly offers many attractions for all types of travelers and tourists. For those who love visiting the cities of art, find in places such as Florence, Siena, Pisa and Lucca is just some of the best history and culture Italy can offer. Among the numerous unmissable monuments of the whole region, we can count: Ponte Vecchio, Duomo and Palazzo della Signoria in Florence, Piazza del Campo and Siena Cathedral, Lucca, with its historic center, the walls and the Duomo, Pisa with the Piazza dei Miracoli and the famous Leaning Tower.

Countless selection of villages scattered in the Tuscan countryside, real gems to visit such as those of San Gimignano, Cortona, Pienza, Montalcino, Montepulciano, Montefioralle, Pitigliano, Buonconvento among many others. The green areas and theme parks are ideal for hiking and trekking as well. Like the such of the Casentinesi Forest Park, the Maremma and Uccellina Park, the Val d’Orcia Park, the San Rossore and Migliarino Park towards Pisa, or the wildest part of the Apuan Alps.

It is in this territory of nature and typical Tuscan art where it is also frequent to find renowned spa resorts, among the most famous San Casciano dei Bagni, Saturnia, Montecatini Terme, the Terme dell’Impruneta, those of Chianciano and Bagni San Filippo.

Even from the point of view of food and wine, ideas are not lacking, as this is one of the richest regions in Italy by number of PDO products. Among the excellences to taste, the famous Florentine steak, the caciucco from Livorno, the pici, the wild boar from the Maremma, the pecorino cheeses from Pienza, the cured meats from Cinta Senese.

Italian villas
Italian Villas and Farmhouses

Malta

Malta has some unique villa offerings as there are many traditional farmhouses that have been converted in to holiday accommodation. These farmhouses are hundreds of years old but have all the modern touches you need for a comfortable holiday without losing any of their traditional charm. If you are looking for a villa holiday with a difference then the pick of Malta holiday villas could be ideal.

European villa rentals
Gozo, Malta - image credits: Michelle Maria via Wikimedia Commons

Greece

Greece is an ideal destination for those who are looking for a holiday with plenty of beach time. The many Greek islands all have picture perfect beaches that will take away all of your worries from home. You can choose if you would prefer to be on one of the larger islands such as Crete where there is plenty to see and do, or one of the more remote and quieter islands which are perfect for relaxing with a book and a glass of wine.

Greek Islands: Corfu, Crete, Santorini, Mykonos, Rhodes, Skiathos, Hydra, Patmos, Naxos and Paros 

Santorini Island of the Cyclades, Greece

Cyprus

Cyprus is a gorgeous country with some incredibly beautiful landscapes and beaches. Cyprus has villas to suit all budgets from modern and stylish luxury villas with infinity pools and hi tech gadgets to more traditional villas that won’t break the bank. For those who want luxury holidays in Cyprus, there is no shortage of options.
Sea Caves of Cyprus - Tobias Van Der Elst

Spain

Spain has long been a popular destination for holidaymakers for good reason. There are some beautiful beach resorts with gorgeous seafront bars and restaurants to admire the views out to sea and there are also many quieter remote towns high up in the hills where you can enjoy the charms of traditional village life. Whatever type of holiday you fancy, Spain will have a villa in a location that ticks all of the boxes!
Nerja, Andalusia - Spain - image credits: Nick Kenrick
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