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!

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…

How to say hello: Olá! How to say goodbye: Adeus How to say thank you: Obrigado Currency used: Euro (EUR) Favorite national foods: Portugal offers a wealth of fresh fish and seafood to feast on – from clams, lobster, and sardines to tuna, swordfish, and bacalhau (salted cod), the national favorite. However, the Portuguese are also great meat eaters, and they are justifiably proud of such dishes as roast goat and suckling pig.   The best time of year to visit Portugal: The coastal regions can be very…

Thinking about visiting Portugal soon? Check out Antonio’s local recommendations. He’s our Portuguese representative and a huge home exchange fan!