Best sites to book Holiday Homes

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Do you want to go on holiday but are you among those who prefer an independent house over a hotel? No problem! We present you the 10 best sites to rely on for renting a home. You will find some worldwide e for all tastes. Hotels offer undisputed comforts, but some people prefer to rent a house to spend their holidays there. The reason is simple: greater freedom and more autonomy regarding times and meals. Furthermore, if you find the right opportunity, you also succeed in save.


  1. Homelidays
  2. Airbnb
  3. Wimdu
  6. Casa Mundo
  8. The Greek Villas
  9. Homeaway
  10. Vacation Rentals Only
  11. South coast
  12. France-Voyage
  13. User questions and comments

1 - Homelidays

  • Pros: it is one of the most used and known. It allows you to rent holiday homes all over the world, of different types and various prices. Users can decide not only to rent a house, but also to propose their own as a holiday accommodation.
  • Defects: some owners were not very honest and the proposed vacation home was declared unavailable to try to rent a more expensive one, or the accommodation just didn't exist. Pay attention and follow all the advice on the site itself. The staff do their best to avoid unpleasant situations to anyone, but still keep your eyes open.

Homelidays allows you to view more than a million vacation homes around the world, for all tastes and budgets. 646 thousand reviews will allow you to obtain useful information. The site also offers destinations for specific periods of the year and helps the visitor to choose, orienting him on the various offers proposed. Homelidays also offers a insurance service and some tips to book a holiday home in complete safety. It is possible to subscribe to the newsletter and also follow the FB page.

2 - Airbnb

  • Pros: it is one of the best known and most reliable sites to rent houses and rooms between individuals.
  • Defects: the texts are not always present also in Italian (the synthetic characteristics of the accommodation yes). Some photos are the work of professionals and not homeowners, so the premises will certainly look their best and 90% more spacious than in reality.

Also in this case you can rent a house / room or propose your own. Tips, advice and an almost infinite range of proposals await you on Established in 2007, this site added 300 new rooms in 191 different countries and 34 cities over the next few years. According to the data published in the "Airbnb Summer Travel Report", in the summer of 2015 about 17 million guests found accommodation thanks to the site.

3 - Wimdu

  • Highs: the best site of this kind in terms of graphics and usability. With a few clicks you can book and pay and the images of the houses are inviting and really make you want to leave.
  • Defects: it is a young site, so far from perfect. However the staff is fully active to make it better and better.

On the website, as well as for others, you can choose whether to be a tenant or to propose your home to third parties. It is the largest holiday apartment portal in Europe, but offers accommodation all over the world. IS' full of offers and advice. You can also follow Wimdu on FB, Twitter, Google+, YouTube and even through a blog.

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  • Advantages: The insertion of an ad is totally free and contact with the landlord takes place directly via e-mail or phone without any type of registration in an easy and fast way.
  • Defects: The insertion of the ads is done directly by the respective owner and sometimes they can be found incomplete information and not particularly good quality photos. is a portal dedicated exclusively to ads for holiday homes in Italy. The inclusion is totally free, this aspect offers the possibility for everyone, even those who do not have a real business in the tourism sector, to post their ad and rent their house, apartment or any other accommodation, without pay royalties or commissions. Contact with the landlord is very simple indeed it does not require any registration and it happens directly by email or phone. You can follow on facebook, twitter, gplus

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  • Advantages: safety of its users, owners and vacationers. The site uses sophisticated tools and reliable procedures that allow you to effectively fight against suspicious or fraudulent behavior, with great effectiveness. Potential renters always have direct contact with the owners and the possibility to book directly with them or through the "Secure Payment" online.
  • Defects: Since the owners registered on are exclusively private individuals, the response times to rental requests may in some cases not be immediate. is a specialist in renting holiday homes between individuals since 2002. On this portal, spread internationally, it is possible to register as an owner to advertise holiday homes or search for the ideal structure for holidays in any season!
The site offers more than 19000 structures in Italy and abroad (publication of ads on 8 sites, in 7 languages: English, German, French, Italian, Dutch, Spanish and Portuguese), receives a million rental requests every year, and allows to realize about every year 250.000 rentals.

5 - Casamundo

  • Highs: 400 holiday homes in Europe, with detailed and easy to view cards.
  • Defects: apparently none.

On you will find thousands of proposals to find your ideal vacation home. There are interesting suggestions for spending themed stays. THE Most popular countries are Italy and Croatia. Also on this site you will not only find houses and apartments, but also campsites and hotels.

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  • Advantages: thewide choice which includes villas by the sea, chalets in the mountains, small apartments in the city, farmhouses in the hills and much more.
  • Defects: apparently none.

On the website await you more than 100 listings of holiday homes in Europe, managed by individuals or agencies. Over 3 million tourists have already used this site to organize their holidays. Will find accommodations suitable for every need: families with children, houses that also accept four-legged friends, buildings suitable for those with disabilities ... But also special offers and B&B with amazing breakfasts. The site is reliable and subject to continuous quality checks of the proposed announcements. Furthermore the online reservations carried out on the portal are protected by the anti-fraud guarantee.

7 - The Greek Villas

  • Benefits: by visiting you will certainly want to leave to admire the incredible beauties that the Greece offer.
  • Defects: the price of the villas for rent it starts from a base of 2-3 thousand € to reach 6-7 thousand a week. is a site of luxurious vacation homes, therefore not really affordable for all budgets even if the offers are not lacking. The goal is tooffer accommodation with the comforts and services of a 5-star hotel without sacrificing the "home environment". Great idea, too bad it is definitely not for everyone ... but dreaming costs nothing.

8 - Homeaway

  • Pros: the site focuses mainly on listings of holiday homes in Italy, particularly in the most touristic regions. It is not lost so unnecessarily time if you are looking for a specific destination and within the classic tourism circuit.
  • Defects: pay attention to the featured ads. The fact that they are does not imply that they are the best offers and proposals.

No you will find though only Italian destinations, but also others very popular foreign destinations like London, Paris, Barcelona or Amsterdam. Also in this case, as for other sites, on is You can post ads to make your home available.

9 - Vacation Rentals Only

  • Advantages: it offers a wide range of houses and farmhouses for rent, especially in Italy e many suitable for those who have a four-legged friend.
  • Defects: apparently none., thanks to its twenty-year presence on the market in its original version Solo Rentals, offers free cancellation up to 24 hours, personalized advice and the possibility of renting a holiday home too outside Italy, in particular in Croatia, Spain, Greece, France, Switzerland and Austria.

10 - Costa Sur

  • Advantages: you will find many offers especially related to southern Spain, being a site specialized in this area.
  • Faults: the staff tries to carry out precise and punctual checks, but lend anyway pay attention to the announcements proposed. Not everyone is always really honest.

Southern Spain, but not only: the whole country and many other destinations in the world. Lots of information on the places in the list e a very wide range of proposals make an excellent reference point for finding your ideal accommodation.

11 - France-Voyage

  • Highs: the best place to book a holiday home in France.
  • Defects: being centered only on one state.

A mine of information all concerning the French territory and how to best visit it. There are solutions for all tastes and budgets. You will not only find holiday homes, but also hotels, B & Bs and campsites. 18 thousand ideas for holidays, 42 thousand establishments with references, 3 million customer opinions: these are undoubtedly the reasons why many tourists rely on every year!

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