Family-friendly AIRBNB’s in EUROPE
Finding a great place to stay in Europe with kids isn’t always easy. You worry is the place suitable for kids, is it in a great location, does it actually have the number of beds it says it has, and is it everything it says it is on the computer.
Don’t worry, we’ve got some well-travelled families who’ve done the research and stayed at some amazing Airbnbs in Europe, and the best thing is they’ve told us all about their stay so they can help make it easier on you.
From Italy to Iceland, Spain to Scotland, and Greece to Croatia, we’ve got 14 family-friendly Airbnbs in Europe just for you.
To find a place in Rome that is big enough for a family to not be on top of each other, and in the middle of all the attractions but not noisy is gold.
Rome is a big city but it’s fantastic to explore on foot especially when your accommodation is centrally located. Located between Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon, this apartment is in a fantastic location for sightseeing and has the added benefit of the most helpful host who is happy to share all the best places to go. We were also blessed with being right in amongst amazing cafes, delis, coffee bars, gelaterias and more.
With two big bedrooms (sleeps 6 if you use the sofa bed), two bathrooms, a kitchen, washing machine/dryer, and a lounge/dining area, we had everything we needed to get over jetlag, and explore this busy city. It was also fully airconditioned which is essential if you’re visiting Rome in summer or winter.
One of our favourite things to do was to open the beautiful old shutters and windows and watch all the people below. There was no cars which was a blessing. It’s in an old part of the city, but has been totally renovated inside so you get the best of both worlds. We were on the first floor and there is no elevator so you need to be able to get up and down the stairs.
Nicci O’Mara from Trip Chiefs
We were driving onto Umbria after our visit to Bologna, so a car was essential. Needing a car parking space with the accommodation seemed to mean that we would have to stay quite far outside Bologna as all the accommodation with room for cars (within our £300 budget for 2 nights) seemed to be in the countryside. That was until I discovered this family-friendly apartment in Bologna run by Marino.
The parking was in a residential area and was on-street parking but all the previous guests had been pleased with the location and the parking so we decided it looked like it solved our parking problem. It also looked like the perfect size with three double bedrooms, a large bathroom, a nice balcony and a kitchen stocked with bits and pieces to make breakfast too. Oh and it was above a pizza restaurant – win win.
It really was the most fantastic place to stay. A 15-minute walk took you through a lovely residential area, that always felt very safe, into the city walls of Bologna, and a further 15 minutes into the city centre itself. Marino met us on arrival, found us a safe, free parking space on the street behind the apartment, gave us some tips about where to find the shops and left us to explore. Perfect
Karen Beddow from Mini Travellers
Saturnia, Tuscany, Italy
On arrival at this stunning old Tuscan house, you will be blown away with the 360° views over the Tuscan hills. It is a bit out of the way, but you cannot have uninterrupted views in a city. This place is the ideal accommodation if you like to enjoy quality family time, have long breakfasts at the outside table, overlooking the Tuscan hills. And in the evening sit around the outside fire pit and let grandpa tell you a story.
Ideal for two families as the quirky layout of this old house gives you two apartments linked to each other if needed. The very large garden features a small swimming pool and a play area which will make the little ones happy.
Corina Swan from Packed Again
San Miniato, Tuscany, Italy
Rather than staying in one of the big cities like Florence or Sienna, we opted to stay where we had the best of both worlds – close enough that we could do day trips to the famous cities and villages, but far enough away that we could truly relax and enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the area.
Staying in a villa built in 800 AD, overlooking the vineyards and hills of San Miniato, and your own PRIVATE pool (yep, no one else can swim in it), was something very special.
This Tuscan villa sleeps 4 people in beds plus another two kids (or one adult) on a sofa bed. It has a full kitchen, laundry, dining and lounge rooms plus some gorgeous spots to sit outside.
I did notice it’s more expensive now than when we went two years ago but they say they have renovated it (I can’t wait to see the photos which weren’t up yet). The only thing we were disappointed with was the communication with the host, which wasn’t great. But it was such a wonderful place to stay I’d still stay there but know I’d have to work things out myself.
Nicci O’Mara from Trip Chiefs
Apartment next to Acropolis (image via Airbnb)
As a budget travelling family of five visiting Athens in the peak summer month of August, I was really worried about finding economical accommodation. We found a total winner in this 3-bedroom retro-style apartment right near the Acropolis. It had plenty of room for the family to spread out, was located in the Koukaki local neighborhood where real Athenians lived and had a cool vintage feel. Not only that, but it was actually in our budget, at only $150 AUD/night.
We were incredibly happy with the property, but what made it extra special was the warm Greek hospitality we received. The owner George was really friendly when booking and we were met at the property by his lovely parents who showered us all in hugs like we were family, had cold drinks, fruit and cookies ready to welcome us. We were arriving in the morning from a long overseas flight and he kindly blocked out the night before and allowed us to check-in right away. That is hospitality! His homely apartment oozed character, which is exactly why we love to stay in Airbnbs.
Its central location made it easy to walk to all of the main Athens attractions and we spent our evenings escaping the tourist trap restaurants and eating with the locals. We couldn’t have found a better place for our family in Athens and would definitely recommend George’s place to families looking for a central, budget-friendly and large apartment in Athens.
Dawn from 5 Lost Together
Skyros Island, Greece
We stayed at this lovely Airbnb on Skyros island Greece this summer. It is located near Aspous beach, you have to walk through fig fields and vineyards to get there, and the beach is sandy and baby-friendly. Aspous is also close to the port and the Chora (the island’s town), but although there are few taverns and a 24/7 market here, it’s not easy to walk. The property though… It is situated on large land with sheep, goats, kittens, roosters, and chickens that my twins loved.
The hosts grow figs and they were happy to give us a lot, along with eggs from the chickens for our breakfast. The apartment we stayed at was very spacious (over 100 square meters) with a kitchen, dining room, living room, 2 bedrooms, and a bathroom. It is new and minimally decorated but with respect to the local tradition.
It’s on the ground floor of the hosts’ huge house, but they were very discreet. We could use the garden for our breakfast and their garden for our lunch (depending on the sun-time of day). The best part? There is plenty of outdoor space for kids to play and our twins sure took advantage of the whole of it! It is also safe, as it’s not close to a road.
Anna Paparizou from Dreamista
Zarautz, Basque Country, Spain
This lovely Airbnb is located in a typical Basque countryside area, next to the beautiful Zarautz Beach, surrounded by green hills and “txakoli” vinyards (the local white wine), but also a 5-minute drive away from the town which has plenty of bars and restaurants. Zarautz beach is ideal for walking with your kids, relaxing and surfing. San Sebastian, a Mecca for food lovers, is only 15 minutes away from the house.
The 2 bedroom flat has a fully equipped kitchen so you can cook and eat “al fresco” in the lovely terrace while you enjoy stunning views, overhearing the sea and the hypnotising bells of the flock of sheep. Last but not least, Martin, the owner, is a fantastic host: he knows the area like the back of his hand and will suggest amazing family plans. In our case, we followed his advice and walked to neighbouring Getaria through the Camino de Santiago, which passes right in front of the house. It was a truly unforgettable walk.
Miguel from Travelsauro
There are many great areas to stay in the Algarve. From the Lagos area to Ferragudo, down to Faro close to the airport, there are so many great areas and beaches. We wanted to stay in the middle to see a little of everything, so we stayed in the Ferragudo area. It was perfect with nearby restaurants, a great beach and a short drive to the Lagos area to spend a day exploring.
We lucked up by finding the perfect Airbnb! It was 3 bedrooms with a pool, so perfect for a few days of downtime! We were very close to the downtown Ferragudo area with great restaurants and not far from the beach! The Casa Louisa was perfect for our family of 4. The layout was excellent with 2 bedrooms downstairs with twin beds, and a large master room upstairs. It also included a nice fully equipped kitchen with a large dinning and sitting area.
The best part was the pool! The kids were able to swim every day while we enjoyed some down time. The home was also equipped with a washing machine which was much needed for this travel mom. Also having soft beds and powerful shower were another perk. Our host was amazing. Catherine made us feel like family by offering suggestions on where to go and helping assist us with our travel plans while in town. And of course, you can’t beat the price! If you are looking for a quiet place near the beach in the Algarve, I highly recommend Casa Lousia!
Crystal Brown from Southern Snippets
In real estate, everyone talks about location, location, location. But the same applies to Airbnbs. We found a beautiful, family-friendly apartment on the Royal Mile that exceeded our expectations. The apartment itself is located off of Dunbar’s Close, with ample space for our little ones to get out and run around. And while it was on the Royal Mile, it was at the quieter end of the strip, which meant a quiet place for little ones to sleep no matter the time of day (not to mention the double pane windows). And one of the best parts of the third-floor apartment was the view out over Dunbar’s Close and Calton Hill.
Beyond the location, though, the host of this Airbnb keeps the apartment filled with all the extras anyone would need for young children. Not only is it bright and airy, but it is also comfortably furnished and stocked with food staples. The smaller of the two bedrooms has two twin beds, which our host also outfitted with a pack and play for our littlest one. In this room, our host left out a collection of children’s books for entertainment. There are also two high chairs and a tub for an easy bath. It was a welcoming place for this family to come back to after a day exploring.
Jen Coleman from Three Kids and a Car
Bansha, County Tipperary, Ireland
If you’re looking for the quintessential Irish experience, this Irish farmhouse in County Tipperary is a wonderful place for families to spend a few nights. Located in the Glen of Arhelow, the house is a central location for visiting towns like Cahir and The Rock of Cashel. Our family stayed here whilst our children were 8, 6, and 4 and found the amenities to be fitting.
While the home had a few toys for children and old VHS cartoons, our family’s favorite feature was having cows in the adjacent field/ These noisy calves greeted us each time we came and went! The Airbnb is a former dairy farm and still contains the old barns and farming equipment. Our children had plenty of room to run and play in the garden and my husband and I enjoyed watching them while gazing at the view of the Galtee Mountains.
Leah Yoder from Yoder Toter Blog
Doon, County Limerick, Ireland
By far, THE best AirBnB I’ve stayed in was in Doon, County Limerick in Ireland. A very modern two-bedroom house, with everything you need for a comfortable stay, this was a home-away-from-home. The location, while rural, was an ideal base for exploring the counties of Tipperary and Limerick. We explored no less than five castles during our stay including Bunratty, Cahir and King John’s, and there are plenty of shops in nearby towns.
The house has everything a family will need including games, tv and enclosed garden for kids to enjoy on a sunny day. Neighbouring farm animals might even pop by to say hello. The location was quiet, and this made for a very restful night’s sleep. All-in-all, the best AirBnB I’ve ever stayed in.
Catherine Jordan from Passports and Adventures
One of our favourite AirBNB accommodations was in Dubrovnik. House Verde is located outside the Dubrovnik city walls, within walking distance to the old town. It is a two-storey house with 3 bedrooms and plenty of space for visiting with family. Our favourite part was the terrace, with ocean and city views, where you could enjoy watching the sun go down with wine and snacks each afternoon.
The hosts were amazing, dropping in with home baked goodies and always quick to reply to any questions we sent them during our stay. The house is well equipped for a self-contained stay and close to supermarkets as well, which is convenient when travelling with kids.
Holly Connors from Four Around the World
If you ever wanted to stay in a cozy log mountain chalet with your family, then look no further than this amazing Airbnb in Switzerland. You will find a sparkling clean 2 storey chalet with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, one with a bath making it ideal for the kids.
The log burning fireplace gives you a romantic few hours after the kids are in bed. In the garden, you will find a jacuzzi freshly filled for your stay and a play area for the kids. The location is quiet and has amazing views in all directions.
The hosts have the “Superhost” status from Airbnb and provide all kinds of kids equipment on request, and a free laundry service is provided. They also offer breakfast and dinner service which needs to be pre-reserved directly with the hosts.
Corina from Packed Again
Gams, St. Gallen, Switzerland
For sure you know the series “Little House on the Prairie” and if you would like a similar stay then this Airbnb accommodation is it. You arrive at the host’s farm, where the farm animals may be waiting to greet you. You can then unload your car and take the path across the field to the house. And then time stops.
I bet you never had such a large garden for the kids to run around. Ideal for a family of six but there is space for eight persons, this is an accommodation to stay and relax. Bring all your food as it is a 20-minute drive down to the shop, plus once you have arrived you will not want to leave again. Put up the provided hammock, and try to switch off.
The kids are very welcome to visit the farm, help milk the cows, and play with the boys that live at the farm and even use their tractors and other toys.
Corina from Packed Again
Arnarstapi, Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Iceland
Nice and cozy cottage with mountains and ocean view – Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Iceland Airbnb
We have stayed in so many Airbnb apartments around the world, but one that stands out in my mind is the charming cottage in Arnarstapi on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula in Iceland. This cottage has plenty of space with three bedrooms and bunk beds in two of them. The kitchen is stocked with everything we needed to cook meals.
The best part is the location. It has this great wraparound patio with views from all sides! On one side there is a view of the glacier Snæfellsjökull and the Stapafell mountain, the other side has a view of the ocean. From this cabin, you can walk right onto the popular hiking trail from Arnarstapi to Hellnar, an easy hiking trail with incredible views that is kid friendly!
Celine Brewer from Family Can Travel
Finding great accommodation for 7 adults and 5 kids is no easy thing to do, but this beautiful house just outside Copenhagen was perfect for our extended family.
We had so much space inside and out which is essential when you have a few families travelling together. The kids loved playing outside on the trampoline, picking fresh raspberries and playing in the garden or with the games provided. There was plenty of room in the kitchen to cook up a storm and a huge dining table for all our meals.
It was a very short walk to the train station to head into the city which took about 15 minutes. Such a relaxing and beautiful place to stay, and the hosts were excellent. I’d go back any day.
Nicci O’Mara from Trip Chiefs