Planning on visiting the Old Continent this autumn? Good. I’ve got a few suggestions for you! Holiday apartments are a great way to save money on accommodation and to experience cities like a local – this curated, handpicked selection of dreamy airbnbs in Europe will help you do just that.
* All images courtesy of Airbnb
** All prices in $CAD
Talk about ticking something iconic off your bucket list: located in Amsterdam‘s old west, this modern and tastefully decorated houseboat with direct walking access to the historic centre.
Bookworms of the world, rejoice: this amazing Airbnb features not only a flat but most importantly the first ever bookshop holiday/residency experience at The Open Book, a charming bookshop in the heart of Scotland‘s National Book Town, Wigtown. Meet fellow book lovers and learn everything there is to know about Scottish literature with the help of friendly locals.
$150 per night
This old thing? Just a fabulous cabin by one of Norway’s most famous fjords. Perfect for hikers and boat enthusiasts – as for me, I will just enjoy a chilled glass of white wine on that lovely waterfront terrace, thank you very much.
$149 per night
Experience this ultra-modern, bold villas in the tranquil village of Akureyri in Northern Iceland, with nature at your doorstep. This is an excellent option year round, as you can both enjoy the midnight sun in the summertime as well as the aurora borealis in the wintertime – as you know, Iceland is always a good idea.
$191 per night
Denmark is the world capital of design and has been for quite a few decades now, ever since it grandfathered the trend we now recognise as “mid-century modern”. This impeccably furnished apartment in trendy Nørrebro is like a blast from the past!
$195 per night
I’ve said it repeatedly: whatever you do in Santorini, spend the night. Even though the island is gorgeous at any time of the day, it can be hard to navigate its narrow cobblestone streets in the daytime with the thousands of tourists on a day cruise. The island is much quieter, and therefore much more enjoyable, in the evening. This traditional cave house, with unobstructed views of the caldera, is a great option.
$118 PER NIGHT
A luxury self-catering studio for two on the edge of a bird sanctuary with stunning views of Beinn na Caillich mountain, this bijou Airbnb is close to many Skye attractions as well as a number of shops. The power shower, the cosy fireplace as well as the downright idyllic setting make it a top accommodation of the Isle of Skye.
I stayed there myself and had a wonderful time; Fiona is a lovely host.
$128 per night
Quite possibly the best balcony in Italy! The apartment is small but frankly this is not the main selling point here, as the romantic terrace overlooks the village of Corniglia in Italy’s legendary Cinque Terre.
$203 per night
Perhaps the most recognisable Airbnbs in Europe! Spend the night in the world-famous cubic houses of Rotterdam, which, I promise, are actually not crooked at all. The decor is quite lovely and the location, right beside the train station, makes it an ideal base to explore not only Rotterdam but all of Holland.
$136 per night
For something a little different, book a stay in this converted railway carriage on the very edge of Cardigan Bay in Wales, home to Europe’s largest bottle-nose dolphin colony. The perfect pick if you’re either into trains or marine wildlife! There is a direct footpath to the dramatic, to the heritage coastline.
$150 per night
Experience life in a 200-year old restored church just a few minutes from lively Galway, on the scenic western coast of Ireland. Although the church is equipped with every modern amenity, it’s also kept many of its original features – definitely an unforgettable, unique adventure!
$140 per night
The writer in me constantly fantasises about booking a self-imposed retreat at this idyllic and cozy little house in the Swedish countryside. It’s far enough to feel isolated and yet it’s a quick ferry ride to central Stockholm. Can I just move in already?
$104 per night
Waking up to this view every morning probably doesn’t suck, especially considering how close it is to the Croatian coast and Dubrovnik’s Old Town – minus the hefty nightly rate.
$260 per night
Definitely one of the quirkiest Airbnbs in Europe – who hasn’t dreamed of living in a medieval English castle at least once in their life? The vast Northern England 15-acre estate comprises 15 grand rooms, each featuring everything we imagine a castle has, including Tudor panelling, stained glass, Gothic windows and even turrets.
$191 per night
Whether you’re in it for the ski or the après-ski, this beautiful luxury chalet in the French Alps (just a few kilometres from a ski resort) features an unusually high cathedral ceiling as well as a wood-burning fireplace – the perfect backdrop for a well-deserved cheese fondue. When in Rome, right?