Looking for a summery holiday villa in 2011?

Staying at a holiday villa can offer more flexibility, privacy and character than booking a generic hotel. What's more, if you are travelling in a large group, holiday villas can work out to be much cheaper than paying for numerous rooms. With a wide variety of villas available across Europe you are spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing your holiday. Here's a look at some current self-catering holiday rentals on the market at the minute.

Owners Direct has thousands of properties for rent, and if you are looking for a Spanish villa, why not stay in Galicia. On the north-western coast of the country, this undiscovered gem of a region is where the Spanish go on holiday. With a beautiful, lush green landscape, pretty historic towns, as well wonderful seafood and wine, this is truly a place to go to experience the good life. The Casa Mirta cottage is a stone-built dwelling surrounded by a walled garden of lemons, figs, plums, cherries, chestnuts and more. The house has 2 bedrooms and can sleep up to 5 guests at any one time. Rents for this villa start from around €45 a night in the off-season, and up to €60 per night in the summer. Minimum stay is 3 nights.

Holiday Rentals is another great website with tonnes of holiday properties just waiting to be rented. With numerous properties on the idyllic island of Crete, you can pick and choose the ideal rental for you. The Kastelli holiday villa sits by the beach in a remote corner of Crete island, and comes with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and a spacious living area. The house benefits from a garden, outdoor terrace and swimming pool and can be rented from €500 a night.

If you are interested in renting a holiday villa this year, make sure to check out the above websites for the very best deals.

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