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What young princesses and princes haven’t imagined living in the mysterious world of castles and crowns? Here are nine magical palaces in Spain and Portugal where a home exchange in the vicinity can lead to a royal adventure!

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Find Your Perfect Bliss “On the beach, you can live in bliss.” Dennis Wilson, Co-Founder, the Beach Boys For many, there’s no more soul-satisfying place to get “blissed” than the beach. The sensual rhythms are transformative: water lapping the shore; breezes strumming bare skin; sun beating gently on closed eyelids. Where, then, to achieve such an ideal state of mind? Here are 10 uniquely stunning beaches. Find your perfect bliss!

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Susanne Dahn is a HomeExchanger from Germany and has home exchanged in San Sebastian (Donostia) three times! 2016 is an important year for San Sebastian as it has been elected as the European City of Culture. Check out Susanne’s tips and favorites and enjoy San Sebastian like a local! In San Sebastian, you get it all: a historic city center, a belle époque area, one of Europe’s best beaches, a fantastic cultural program, great surf spots, beautiful nature, a delicious Basque cuisine and a lively nightlife. Your First…

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“Winter is Coming” – Time to wax your skis and snowboards, fellow wintjsphuorts enthusiasts. Our HomeExchange.com team has picked out seven lovely homes near or in ski resort areas that will appeal to everyone. Jacuzzis, beautiful views, ski in – ski out, you name it, we’ve got it. Stay on a Home Exchange and stretch your skiing budget. 1. Luxury Chalet in Charming Saas Fee, Switzerland

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Spring is the ideal time for a weekend getaway. We asked the HomeExchange.com fans on Facebook to share their recommendations for a weekend getaway near them. Here are the 10 spectacular destinations they came up with. Loire Valley, France Photo Credit: Matthew Badger CC via flickr The Loire Valley — 2 hours south of Paris, in the center of the country — is known for its stunning royal castles, Renaissance palaces, medieval fortresses and impressive cathedrals. This area has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its unique…

Spain travel ideas

To get to know Spain better, we asked our Spanish representative, Violette, to give us some local knowledge about her home country. This is Spain Unlocked! How to say hello: Hola (Hi) or Buenos días (Good morning, more formal) How to say goodbye: Hasta luego (See you later) or Adiós (Goodbye) With other declinations depending on the region of Spain! How to say thank you: Gracias Currency used: Euro Flickr CC, El Bulli Favorite national foods: Made of different regions and climates, Spain presents a big variety of food. Here are only a…

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Of course you could travel to Paris, Barcelona, or Rome, but tucked away beyond the big cities are some truly beautiful destinations. To get you started, here are some of our favorite hidden villages in Europe. Bornholm, Denmark photo credit: Steenbergs via photopin cc The island of Bornholm might not be a secret for Danes, but it’s new to many foreigners. It’s a popular summer getaway spot for locals, with a fantastic coastline, great opportunities for outdoor activities, and a rich history. You can also visit the tiny…

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What’s better than having fun things to do? Having fun free things to do. Welcome to our blog series, 10 Free Things. Today we’re exploring 10 fun and free things to do in Barcelona, an amazing city full of color, culture, and history. 1. Soak up some sun Barceloneta beach is the city’s most popular, and on weekends you’ll find it full of sunbathing locals. If you’re feeling active, you can swim in the Mediterranean or bike along the promenade, but lying on the sand is just as…

Fancy a trip to Paradise? Need a Spa break? Check out our top ten most interestingly-named exchange cities. 1. For those who want it all – Paradise, Nevada, USA 2. When you’ve got marriage on the mind – Wedding, Germany