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Living like a local... in a European apartment!

Fed up with holiday hotels? Why not rent your own apartment?

Most cities are full of great places to rent and it can be the best way to get under the skin of a city. More space and freedom mean apartments can be more economical than hotels!

You may find some of these options appealing:

Apartment Catalunya, Barcelona:

This great value apartment is located in the heart of the old city, with the famous Ramblas on its doorstep! Sleeping up to 4 people, it's spacious and open plan with all the mod cons one needs and it won’t break the bank. Let it be your base of exploration in one of the world’s most energetic and cultured cities.

Riva Lofts, Florence:

Built in a converted historic mill, these fabulous apartments are away from the busy city centre and make a perfect retreat. Contemporary and antique designs combined by Italian architect Claudio Nardi make Riva Lofts unique and welcoming. It's just a 30 minute walk into the city centre or, if that's too much, you can take the complimentary vintage bike for an elegant spin. And you can start the day with a free breakfast!

Valetta G-House, Valetta, Malta:

This traditional 16th century home, sleeping 2, has been restored to maintain its original character from cross stone arches to Maltese limestone and is simply amazing. Romantic, traditional and lavish, it's set in the heart of Valetta, capital of Malta, one of the Mediterranean's island jewels. If it's an extravagant surrounding yet value for money you are looking for, then look no further! Voted Travel Writers' Choice by the Guardian and Lonely Planet Guide!

Miniloft Apartments, Mitte, Berlin:

These homely, self-catering apartments in East Berlin are cool, trendy and spacious, ideal for both short and long stays. Centrally situated in Mitte, the owners are welcoming and helpful, even providing home-made maps of the local area and are always on call to help.

Townhouse on the Champs-Élysées, Paris:

A beautiful townhouse on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées is the perfect secret hideaway with its own private garden and patio – all on one of the most beautiful avenues in the world. With all the mod cons you could need, room for up to 4 people and a parking space, it’s a perfect abode and you couldn’t get more central in Paris!

Wherever you decide to travel and wherever you decide to stay, be sure to have the appropriate travel insurance cover when away.

If you are travelling soon, have a great trip!