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20 best Airbnb pads in Europe for a family holiday

October 6, 2017

There is a freedom about having your own holiday pad that Airbnb has revolutionised when it comes to booking the perfect family accommodation for a holiday.

The beauty is in the simplicity. Whether it’s having some outdoor space, your own pool, a private kitchen at meal times to avoid the line at the buffet, or a washing machine for those pesky stains, Airbnb pads across Europe offer a flexibility and privacy that appeals to families.

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In fact, a survey conducted by Airbnb shows there are quite literally millions of family-friendly listings on their site.

Don’t worry we haven’t put them all in this post for you – but we did select our top 20 Airbnb pads in Europe from London to Lisbon to inspire your next stay.

Lombardy, Italy

Gelato, pasta, and pizza aside, Italy is an incredible country bursting with culture and beauty. Perfect for a family holiday, Lombardy is thriving in natural beauty with its forested valleys, chiselled mountains, and scenic lakes. You will never find a dull moment as there are many outdoor activities to do including; mountain climbing, walks, cycling and swimming which will keep all the family busy.

The Leisure Lounge’s Airbnb recommendation: Overlooking a luxurious lake and mountains, this stunning home in Lombardy Italy is the perfect place to stay for a family of 4+. You will have access to your own swimming pool, tennis court, bowling alley, and park, so there is something to suit everyone’s taste. The home comes with Wi-Fi, free parking, a fully equipped kitchen, and is great for families looking to unwind.

Santorini, Greece

Oia is a small town in the South Aegean island of Santorini. The town is built on a steep slope and has stunning scenic views of the village around. Sun light in this island lasts longer and the surroundings are idyllic with the many white washed blue domed churches and homes. Oia is known for its quiet life and fantastic sunsets, perfect for a picturesque evening with your family.

The Leisure Lounge’s Airbnb recommendation: Hector Cave House is a unique home that was originally used as a wine cellar. The home has its own private veranda where you and your family can relax, sunbathe, or dine on together. Alongside the outdoor space you will find a jacuzzi for two that will be the perfect end to your day. Hector Cave House comes with Wi-Fi, a fully equipped kitchen, and is kid friendly.

Granada, Spain

For families who look for adventure, Andalusia is a great city to visit. With large mountain ranges, warm weather, and a vast variety of tourist attractions, your family will be spoilt for choice.

The Leisure Lounge’s Airbnb recommendation: For the more daring families why not live in a cave? Yes, you heard right… a cave! This incredibly designed cave home is perfect for a family looking to try something new. Closely located to the city centre, and only 5 minutes away from popular flamenco places, this adventurous home will have you talking about it for weeks.

Albufeira, Portugal

Famous for its Mediterranean beaches and golf resorts, Albufeira is a beautiful city filled with sandy coves and fishing villages. Families that are looking for some down-time will particularly enjoy the Old Town as this underrated city is full of quaint pedestrian lanes and outdoor restaurants to relax in.

The Leisure Lounge’s Airbnb recommendation: Located on the top floor of a penthouse, this apartment comes with a private Jacuzzi and huge terrace space, making it the perfect go to for families who love spending time outdoors.  The apartment is conveniently located only 3 minute drive from one of the most famous beaches in the region, Oura Beach, and a 2 minute drive from Santa Eulália Beach. The kitchen is fully equipped, and the living room comes with amenities such as a TV, DVD player, and free Wi-Fi.

Unije, Croatia

Look to one side of the region and be stunned by the sea, look to the other side and face the mountains. The island of Unije is rich in cultural diversity with its palaces, castles, and urban and rural ethno-zones.

The Leisure Lounge’s Airbnb recommendation: Fancy a relaxing getaway on a remote island? Only accessible by boat, stay in an incredible home on this stunning low-key island. The house comes with a large open plan living and kitchen area and four bedrooms, plus a garden patio which is ideal for reading or even taking a relaxing nap.

Istanbul, Turkey

With its breath-taking architecture Istanbul is a vibrant city overflowing with culture. For families who constantly enjoy learning, you will find centuries old churches, mosques, and markets, as well as the more recent restaurants and galleries.

The Leisure Lounge’s Airbnb recommendation: With its own private hamam, this apartment’s terrace has an incredible view of the Old City. The apartment is air-conditioned and is only a short walk away from the nearest town. The stylish apartment has a shared terrace with marble stairs, making it the perfect location to have dinner with the family.

Athens, Greece

Attica is a historical region that is a part of Athens. The city has many beautiful beaches, culinary delights, and striking villages that will appeal to all families. With stunning attractions such as places of worship, fortresses, and historical landmarks, you won’t experience a boring day!

The Leisure Lounge’s Airbnb recommendation: For a more luxurious experience, why not stay in this neoclassical designed building which is ideal for up to 11 people. With shops, restaurants, and a metro station just around the corner, this large flat is great for families who are constantly on the go.

Stockholm, Archiopelago, Sweden

With thousands of coastal islands, lakes, and forests, Archiopelago is a great city for families to visit. Sweden is the perfect country for nature lovers as there are many hidden caves and parks just waiting to be explored.

The Leisure Lounge’s Airbnb recommendation: Who needs to stay in a hotel when you can live in harmony with nature by the sea? This remote home is ideal for families who want to try something new as the shower is outdoors and you are surrounded by fresh water. This award-winning cottage has windows and doors which provide an unbelievable view of the sea and is spacious making it ideal for families with young children always on the move.

London, England

London is a multi-cultural city that never sleeps. You will never experience a dull moment as there are many incredible cuisines and tourist attractions to visit. St Pancras is one of London’s most famous stations and what better way to spend your trip than to stay in its Clock Tower Suites!

The Leisure Lounge’s Airbnb recommendation: Stay in a location that is adored by people worldwide.  The St Pancras Clock Tower has two suites with a spacious, modern design that will appeal to all families. Enjoy the views of London while relaxing in your room.  The apartment comes with an elevator in the building, and is perfect for events or a day you want to call over some friends.

Paris, France

Paris is a city famous for its art, fashion, gastronomy and culture. With the world famous theme park Disney Land located within the city, there is no denying that Paris is the perfect place for families to visit. After spending a day full of adventure why not spend the evening visiting the Eiffel Tower and taking some great pictures?

The Leisure Lounge’s Airbnb recommendation: This roomy apartment is based right in the centre of Paris and is only a 7 minute walk from the Eiffel Tower. Complete with a dining room and rustic fireplace, if you are a family looking to spend time together then look no further. The apartment comes with large windows providing a great view of the city, wireless internet and an elevator in the building so you don’t have to worry about carrying heavy luggage.

Santarem District, Portugal

Santarem is a popular location for food with its fresh fruit and fish dishes. This city is packed with parks, cathedrals, and museums that will give your family an insight into its culture.

The Leisure Lounge’s Airbnb recommendation: If you and your family enjoy spending time in natural environments then this wooden cottage is the perfect place to stay. Located on a farm with many horses, you will be staying in privacy and tranquillity. This location is perfect for families looking for exciting activities to do such as horse riding, hiking, bird-watching and biking.

Barcelona, Spain

If you are a lover of art and architecture, then Barcelona is the city for you. Home of Gaudí’s most incredible designs including the Sagrada Familia, Casa Milà, and Park Güell, prepare to be amazed as you visit this city packed with culture.

The Leisure Lounge’s Airbnb recommendation: To live up to its artistic city, we recommend this arty apartment which perfectly reflects its environment. With a beautiful colour wall, modern furniture, and inventive design, this living space will blow you away.

Mykonos, Greece

Mykonos is an island based in the Aegean Sea and is popular for its party atmosphere. Most busy during the summer, this island has a large range of beaches that are filled with music and dancing.

The Leisure Lounge’s Airbnb recommendation: For a truly magnificent sea view, we highly recommend you stay at Villa Orion. Large enough for up to 10 visitors, this home has a breath-taking view of the Aegean Sea and comes with its own outdoor swimming pool.

Valais (Verbier), Switzerland

Nestled in the Swiss Alps, is the exclusive ski holiday town of Verbier, regarded as a premier resort when it comes to the slopes. Crisp, clean air fills the lungs as you can choose to soak up views of a skyline dominated by dramatic snow-filled mountains, discover enchanted forests that envelope the village or embrace the quaint, cosy nature of this typical Swiss Alpine town.

The Leisure Lounge’s Airbnb recommendation: Placed at the heart of the action you will experience all Valais has to offer just a stone’s throw away from this stunning family-sized apartment. There is easy access to Medran (the main lift to Verbier) and you can even reach the building on skis, straight from the slopes. This top floor apartment absorbs plenty of light through its big windows and the south-west facing balcony offers breathtaking views. Plus the 2 bedrooms with 6 beds means there’s plenty of space for an active family.


Apulia, Italy

Known as “the heel” of Italy’s ‘boot’, Apulia is a southern region known for its vibrant hill towns and farmlands. The region is divided into six provinces and the weather is typically bright and sunny.

The Leisure Lounge’s Airbnb recommendation: Spend your holiday in the enchanting surroundings of Cisternino. This elevated home is in a natural environment with magnificent fields and views. Take a seat in the garden and read a book under an olive tree, or spend the day having a picnic on the grounds outside. The possibilities are endless.

Aquitaine, France

If you are looking for a holiday filled with tranquillity then Aquitaine is the perfect location to visit. With its magnificent Atlantic surfing beaches, serene forests and medieval villages, Aquitaine will give you the relaxing holiday you need.

The Leisure Lounge’s Airbnb recommendation: Located in Labenne, surrounded by pine trees and on the edge of the Landes forest is a stunning home with its own pool, taking you away from the bustling busy streets. The home comes with free Wi-Fi, baby accessories such as monitors and other necessities, a TV, DVD player, and wide range of video games.

Akureyri, Iceland

Akureyri is the second largest urban area in Iceland and is an important port and fishing centre. The area is surrounded by mountains and is a great location for families who enjoy exploring nature. There are many walking paths, hiking, and bike riding opportunities, so don’t miss out.

The Leisure Lounge’s Airbnb recommendation: This three apartment architectural house is located in the exclusive residence area of Akureyri.  You and your family will have a clear view over the bay and can enjoy watching the sunset and rise together. Akureyri town is just a 10-minute drive from the house where you will find shops, restaurants, cafes, and galleries, as well as music concerts. From the home you can take hiking tours, visit swimming pools, or hire a kayak. The home also comes with wireless internet, free parking, and is even pet-friendly, so no family member gets left out!

Cannaregio, Italy

Known as one of the most romantic cities in the world, Cannaregio is located in the northern district of Venice. It’s easy to fall in love with the look of Venice, but in Cannaregio you will fall for its vibrant personality.  Voted as the largest and most popular quarter of Venice, you will be amazed by the Venetian tradition, historic buildings, and magnificent sights, just don’t forget to bring along your camera.

The Leisure Lounge’s Airbnb recommendation: This idyllic penthouse is located on the top floor of a historical building which overlooks a Venetian “Campo”. The surrounding area is lively and filled with restaurants, bars, shops which mimic the Venetian style, and just a few minutes’ walk from the Rialto Bridge and St. Mark’s Square. The penthouse is light and airy with many windows offering stunning views of the city. It also comes with internet, the choice of bringing a pet along, and is great for families with children.

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon is the popular capital city of Portugal which encompasses the city’s coloured buildings and variety of Atlantic beaches. Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world and comes with a rich history that is shown through its architecture and attractions. With its Romanesque, Gothic, and Postmodern style buildings all over the city you will be in awe at the monuments.

The Leisure Lounge’s Airbnb recommendation: This duplex apartment is located on the 4th floor of a building in Chiado. The apartment is completely renovated and comes with its own patio and comfortable lounge area making it perfectly kid friendly for families. You can expect a fully equipped kitchen, air conditioning, large TV, and a Nespresso Coffee machine on your visit, as well access to wireless internet and toiletries.

Santa Margalida, Mallorca

Santa Margalida is a cultural hotspot on the (Spanish) Balearic Island of Mallorca, that offers many tourist attractions and sightseeing locations such as churches and famous building sites. The quaint town is located close to many gorgeous beaches where you can enjoy activities such as surfing, boating, and sunbathing and if you’re lucky you may even see a festival such as Festes de Santa Margalida.

The Leisure Lounge’s Airbnb recommendation: Expect to arrive to fresh bread, fruit, pastries, and even wine in this cosy home. With a private pool and lounge area you’re sure to stay busy. The home also comes with a barbeque so you and your family can enjoy a home cooked meal together. Surrounded by nature, the backyard is large enough for kids to run around in and there is also a ping-pong table for those of you who enjoy some healthy competition. The home is also equipped with an indoor fireplace, wireless internet, air conditioning, and much more.

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    Jack is the editor of The Leisure Lounge. Expert in the art of writing things and putting them online. Loves travelling, especially anywhere in southeast Asia. Hates mushrooms.