Villas in Europe

Balmy evenings, castle-dotted landscapes, thriving art scenes, rich history and captivating coastlines – Europe is always an adventure, and our villas in Europe are best placed for all of it. From the scenic wonderland of the UK and Ireland to the charming towns and villages of France to the culinary delights of Italy and Greece, the intriguing history of Montenegro or Croatia to the hidden gems of Malta, and even the beachy beauties of Spain, Portugal and Turkey, there’s so much to choose from depending on what you’re interested in.

We have an ever-growing collection of properties ranging from those on the beach to those close to local villages. Our beach villas in Europe are perfect for those that prefer an ocean escape, with beautiful golden stretches a short walk away and impressive coastal views from your villa. If you don’t fancy getting sandy, then our villas with private pools might be more your speed. But no matter what you want or who you’re with (we have a bunch of villas in Europe for large groups – up to 80 if you wish!) our concierge team will help you find your perfect match.

What makes our properties stand out from the rest? Our optional extras. Whether you’re looking for local tours and activities to discover authentic parts of the region, on-site activities within your villa grounds (such as archery or clay pigeon shooting), a private meal cooked for you by a professional chef, or the small – but hugely helpful – services such as housekeeping, childcare or fridge stocking… we can cater to your every need.

Villa Trogos, Mallorca (Spain)

Where to go in Europe?

Why stay with us?

We love each and every one of our extraordinary villas in Europe and this is because we hand pick them all; our destination experts have either lived in the destinations we promote or are constantly visiting, so they know all the ins and outs such as where the top locations are for the best Europe trips. The proof is in our list of awards and our positive customer reviews. So, where better to look for villas to rent in Europe?

Just bear in mind, when it comes to booking your villa holiday, it’s not unusual to have a lot of things on your checklist. Discover here some things to consider before you book. And if you need a hand, our helpful concierge team are on-hand to make your stay extra special. Whether you want a fully-stocked fridge, a local in-house chef to cook your meals, housekeeping or any other extra service – consider them your holiday genie, who will happily grant your wishes.

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Luxury Villas in Europe: Our Top Picks

Top destinations

Europe is so different and varies from country to country, which is what makes it such an amazing continent to explore. This also makes it extremely difficult to choose where to stay.

Below you’ll find a list of our top destinations where we have villas to rent in Europe. Also, you can check all the destinations we offer. And if you want a little more inspiration, check out the rest of the tabs which go into more detail.


Best for families

Europe is one of the best places to travel with your family – the locals are welcoming, the regions are well equipped for little ones, you can always find a food dish to satisfy the toughest critic (who are usually under the age of 10), there are over 3000 beaches with Blue Flag Status and there are plenty of activities for every age, from waterparks and hiking trails to sightseeing and wine-tasting.

We specialise in finding great villas to rent in Europe for multi-generational holidays, which is perfect if you’re looking to celebrate a milestone birthday/anniversary or just want to bring the grandparents along for the ride… Europe isn’t just for youngsters! The rich history, natural beauty, great food and golden beaches appeal to every age.

We’ve split our villas in Europe into those that are suitable for babies and toddlers, those suitable for kids and those suitable for teens, so you can be sure whichever villa you choose, every age will be catered to. And we have also selected some regions ideal for families, so you get some inspiration. See below!

When it comes to family villa resorts in Europe, the Algarve hits it out of the park. Gorgeous beaches, friendly locals, resort playgrounds, kids’ clubs, thrilling waterparks and year-round warm weather make it great for families with children.

Corfu is a leafy green oasis fringed by white-sand beaches and turquoise water… perfect if you’ve got beach or water babies in the family! Or if you fancy learning a bit of Greek mythology, take a trip to one of the many ancient ruins. 

Full of chocolate-box villages, cute British tearooms and surrounded by scenic walks through the countryside, the Cotswolds is a quintessential English break where everyone will enjoy getting stuck into the local activities and cosy country pubs.

Spain is always top of the list when it comes to looking for a family-friendly destination, and this region is one of the most popular. When it comes to our collection of beachfront villas and villas in Europe with private pools, Mallorca has got it down.



An Italian seaside retreat, Puglia has a stunning coastline with sandy beaches, warm sea temps, great beachfront facilities and the weather is still mild if you want to visit out of season (when it’s slightly cheaper and less crowded!) – a great destination for every age.

With plenty of family-friendly beaches, restaurants, bars and attractions, Paphos is great for kids and adults alike; spend an afternoon visiting historic tombs, trying your hand at water-sports, making sandcastles or exploring sea caves.

Best beaches in Europe

With dazzling coastlines fringing many European countries, you won’t be short of choice when it comes to finding a beach escape. Five of the 25 Best Beaches in the World in TripAdvisor’s 2022 Traveller’s Choice Awards belong to Europe. The Mediterranean offers paradise islands, white sandy swathes, gorgeous Riviera’s and sparkling blue sea; the Atlantic offers rugged, dramatic and raw untouched beauty, and with over 3000 beaches with Blue Flag status, if you’re heading to Europe with the whole family you’ll be sure to find a beach to suit everyone. Similarly, if you’re looking for more of the secluded, castaway types, you’ll find those too. Whether you’re a surfer or a sunbather, sailor or diver… our beach villas in Europe will place you right on the coast.

There are way too many regions in Europe that boast beautiful beaches, so we’ve highlighted our top 6 – but don’t worry if you don’t like any of these because we have an extensive collection of large villas to rent in Europe that are close to beaches in other regions too!

Most people think of the Algarve when it comes to Portugal’s beaches, but the wilder Silver Coast - stretching from Lisbon to just below Porto - is home to surf towns, untouched beaches, silvery sands and a wealth of water-sports.

The Greek islands will never disappoint those looking for beautiful beaches. Home to one of the world’s best beaches – Elafonissi, which was ranked #30 out of 50 by Flight Network – Crete is fringed by sugar-white beaches and topaz blue waters. Beach goals, some would say. 

The Sardinian coast of Italy is as pretty as a postcard, with crystal-clear water lapping sugar-white coves and wild hinterland offering all manner of outdoor adventures. Plus, it’s home to Cala Goloroitze, which is #36 in the list of 50 best beaches in the world.

Lining the sparkling Adriatic are the beaches and bays of Croatia’s Brač Island, from the picturesque and pebbly Zlatni Rat to the monastery bay of Martinica; with historic towns and charming villages dotted along the coast, Brač is a quaint beach retreat.

Commonly dubbed the ‘Cornish Riviera’, the coastline stretches over 250 miles with over 150 unspoilt beaches and coves great for surfing and dog walking. Craggy cliffs and rocks jut out of golden swathes and cute tearooms pepper the coastal towns.

Year-round sunshine, miles of deserted white sand, calm, crystal water… this island in the Canaries is ideal for sun, sea and sand. From family-friendly hotspots and beaches set in national parks, to volcanic beauties and thrilling water-sports – there’s a beach for everyone. 

Best for active breaks

Sure, Europe is great for lazing on the beach or paddling in the sparkling sea, but it’s just as perfect for people who are all about outdoor adventures. Whether it’s skiing in the Alps or hiking in the mountains, exploring one of the 500+ national parks or canoeing across an Italian Lake, Europe is a veritable playground for nature lovers and thrill seekers.

Our villas in Europe are a combination of rural and secluded, where walking and hiking paths comb the countryside to other villas that offer water-sports and fishing nearby; golfers, you’re in luck because some of our luxury villas in Europe are close – or in a resort with – golf courses. Below we’ve highlighted our top 6 regions for active breaks.

Home to Nessie (the Loch Ness monster), the Scottish Highlands offer up a vast wilderness ready for exploring! From mountain hikes to ice climbing, salmon fishing to gorge walking, there’s a wealth of outdoor activities on offer.

Pre-historic cave paintings, chateaux-dotted landscapes, countryside cycling routes, twisting hills and the winding Dordogne River (perfect for kayaking) - the Dordogne isn’t just gastronomy and charming towns, it’s also great for outdoorsy types.

Whether it’s a kayak tour along Lake Como, cycling among the mountainous terrain of Lake Garda or traversing the valleys of Lake Maggiore by rail, the Italian Lakes are full of adventure! Water-sports, walking routes and beautiful gardens are in abundance.

The dramatic landscapes of this Portuguese region were made for active holidaymakers; hike through the subtropical wilderness, wander through lush botanical gardens and be in awe of Madeira’s volcanic beauty. Monte toboggan down the road, anyone?

From exploring ancient caves and underground lakes to hiking and cycling national parks, you’re never short of things to keep you occupied in Istria. While its world-class gastronomy often takes centre stage, its family-friendly activities also hit the sweet spot.

Canoeing through the countryside, diving into crystal-clear waters, discovering ancient Lycian cities and sailing in a traditional Turkish gulet - immerse yourself in Kalkan’s wealth of outdoor pursuits. With awe-inspiring canyons and stunning scenery, it’s a region that always delivers.

Best for culture

Renaissance art adorning the walls of world-famous galleries and museums, gastronomic delights impressing even the harshest of food critics in Michelin-starred restaurants, charming towns and villages steeped in history, with ancient ruins and castles dotting the landscape – Europe is the place to visit for a cultural escapade.

Our luxury villas in Europe will put you at the heart of the culture of your chosen region, so whether it’s a traditional farmhouse set amongst rolling countryside, villas housing eclectic, unique or classical art or luxury villas within a close walk to a local village or restaurant, you can be sure when you choose one of our villas in Europe you’ll be able to fully immerse yourself in the art, history, lifestyle or cuisine that put the region on your bucket list in the first place.  Below, you’ll find our top 6 regions for a culture-filled experience in Europe, but let’s be honest… wherever you visit will offer plenty of culture.

Cosy, traditional pubs alive with the sounds of local musicians, lush green countryside peppered with historic castles, a unique Gaelic culture and plenty of pints of Guinness and hearty bowls of stew – if you’re looking for a lively experience… look no further than Ireland.

Rolling verdant hills, dramatic mountainous backdrops, chocolate-box villages and quaint British tea rooms… if you want the quintessential British experience, then a trip to Yorkshire will do the trick. Historic cities give way to beautiful scenic vistas in this gorgeous region.

Loire Valley is chateaux-studded landscapes alongside local vineyards, Renaissance art and rich history, grand architecture and charming towns and villages. The cultural and historic heritage make this region an interesting and lovely place to explore.

From age-old wineries to stunning marine parks, medieval cities to charming coastal villages, the impressive Pyrenees scenery to thrilling outdoor adventures, Costa Brava is so much more than just a beach escape.

What makes this region of France so interesting is the unique Celtic culture they celebrate, hosting regular festivals and paying homage to it with age-old traditions. The medieval-walled citadels, wild hinterland and rugged coastline just add to its charm. 

The gastronomy and vineyards of Italy play a big part in all its regions but look further into Tuscany and you’ll find rustic farmhouses, sleepy hilltop villages, ancient architecture and a thriving art and music scene.

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