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Airbnb in Crete Offers a Bed Under the Stars

An outdoor “Summer Bed under the Stars” is now available for rent to star-gazing travelers on Airbnb in Crete. Gabriella Damianaki is the woman behind this unusual accommodation, which is located in Paleokastro, Heraklion. The "room," which is actually in...

Greek Airbnb Rentals Shift Business Model to Defy Covid Crisis

Short-term property rentals in Greece, already affected by market saturation and competition from new and cheaper nearby markets in 2019, saw their bookings devastated in the first half of 2020 as Covid-19 made its impact. However, looking at the results...

Two Santorini Airbnb Properties Among Most Popular in the World

Two Greek Airbnb rentals were selected by members as among their most-wished for future rentals during voting that took place worldwide from May 7 to 11. Clearly, Airbnb travelers might be locked down at the moment, but they are still...

Has Greece Reached its Limit for Airbnb Style Rental Properties?

Official data presented during the recent ΒΝΒ Conference about Greece's short-term property rental market revealed some interesting information about the situation that online platforms such as Airbnb and HomeAway have created. According to official data, between December 2018 and December...

Will Downtown Athens Soon Become Just One Enormous Airbnb?

The real estate map in Athens has turned upside down in the past few years, due to the growth of Airbnb and other short-stay lease platforms in the city. The ever-increasing power of Airbnb may indeed have given some...

Greek Leper Colony Turned into Airbnb Accommodations for Adventurous Travelers

A series of caves on Crete used from the 18th century to the mid-20th century to quarantine people with leprosy (Hansen's Disease) are now being refurbished to be offered as short-term Airbnb rentals for tourists. Manolis Giannadakis bought five of...

Greek Mayor Nixes Airbnb Luxury Tents on Public Beaches

A businesswoman on Crete recently discovered a new way to tap into the tourist industry by offering tents on a beach in Gavdos, the southernmost Greek island, through the Airbnb platform. Advertisements appeared this week for accommodations at the otherwise...

Greece Nabs 20,000 Undeclared Airbnb Lodgings

Greek authorities on Sunday revealed that they have tracked down some 20,000 undeclared short-term rental properties on the Airbnb platform which had not been registered with the government. The Independent Authority for Public Revenues (AADE) has also discovered 130 property owners...

Airbnb Added $1.4 Billion to Greeks' Pockets in 2018

Airbnb rentals added $1.4 billion in the Greek economy last year, according to the short-term rental platform figures released this week. Even though Airbnb upset the rental market, especially in the capital, many Greeks have benefited so far by the...

Greek Airbnbs Hosted 1.8 Million Foreigners During 2018

The Bank of Greece recently published its final, official figures on Greece's tourist performance for 2018, bringing to light some interesting figures regarding the short-term rental sector, mainly the popular Airbnb platform. According to these final numbers, a jaw-dropping total of...

More than Five Percent of Athens Apartments Now on Airbnb-Style Platforms

A total of 5.3 percent of the total available apartments in Athens are now ''blocked'' by being rented exclusively via Airbnb-style platforms, an organization called the ''Association of Sharing Economy'' (SODIA) said on Thursday. Their surprising figures were presented at...

Airbnb Investments Revive Athens' Historic Neighborhood of Psyrri

Psyrri, a popular downtown neighborhood of Athens at one time, is becoming the center of Airbnb-related business once again, as three more major investments have been announced over the last few weeks. Psyrri became one of the hotspots of nightlife...

Airbnb Strikes Off Greek Villa After Guests Discover Hidden Cameras

Airbnb has recently suspended a Greek villa from its platform after an Irish family discovered hidden surveillance cameras throughout the property, which is located on the outskirts of Athens. “We take privacy issues extremely seriously. As soon as we were...

Greek Woman from Crete Rents Just a Bed on Airbnb and People Love it

The most ... unusual, shall we say, property that people can rent from the popular Airbnb platform is definitely on the Greek island of Crete. With the promising title of ''Summer Bed under the Stars,'' a woman from the town...

Greek Government Plans To Restrict Airbnb-Style Platforms

The Greek authorities are planning to implement a number of restrictions on both landlords and companies which rent out their properties via Airbnb-style platforms, according to Greek media reports. The huge increase in the number of properties that have disappeared...