España – Our Long Term Home Exchange in Palamós Spain ~ #AtoZ AmaZing Photos

It took us only a week from first contact to agree upon a long term home exchange in España (Spain),  swapping our New Zealand home for a 17th century stone house in an old neighborhood in Palamós, in the Catalan region of Spain.  Trading the Hauraki Gulf for the Mediterranean Sea, how could we pass it up?

With cars included in the long term home exchange, all we needed was a few personal items and we were set.  We probably didn’t ask enough questions, but we were looking for an adventure. Now I have lots of tips to offer people considering home exchange.

17th Century houses near the Church of Sant Joan in Palamos, Spain. The original stone work now covered with plaster. It was our long term home exchange

This is the street we lived on near the Church of Sant Joan. Sadly, most of these 17th Century stone houses are now plaster covered, hiding their original beauty.

Our home exchange house in Palamos Spain

Our 17th century home exchange house in Palamós is not very interesting on the exterior as the original stone walls have been covered in a drab plaster, but lucky for us, many of the interior walls retain their original character and are still stone. The slightly uneven staircase adds to the home’s charm.

Two paw prints embedded in a ceiling brick of a Palamos home, Spain

Can you see the two paw prints embedded in a brick in the ceiling of our Palamós home exchange house?

13th century Church of Sant Joan in Palamos, Spain

This stunning 13th century Church of Sant Joan was only two doors away from our long term home exchange in Palamós, Spain

Tapas Bar in Palamos Spain

The Palamós neighborhood food was outstanding. One of our favorites was tapas, and there were many tapas bars to choose from.

Typical Crowded Summer Day at the Beach in Palamos, Spain

Typical Crowded Summer Day at the Beach in Palamós

We lived in Palamós for part of 2012. It is the setting for my first book, a current work in progress. However, while we traveled we used: Lonely Planet Spain.

Have you tried a long term home exchange?  Have you been to Spain, or to Palamós? Are you participating in the AtoZ Challenge 2014?

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  1. says

    I absolutely love the flowers gone wild on the walls along close, cozy-looking streets. It’s a shame about the plaster, but a lot of the charm is retained regardless. Paw prints on the ceiling…my imagination is going places with that one. 🙂 Good luck with the book in progress!

    The Immarcescible Word

    • Rhonda Albom says

      I love those flowers too. They were more than a landmark for me to know my street, they mad em smile everyday.

  2. Glenda Cates says

    I saw swapping house in a movie one time and I loved it but did not know people actually did so it is nice to know they do. I enjoyed the pictures you showed and it makes me want to check this place out.

    • Rhonda Albom says

      The girls and I had fun making up all sorts of adventure stories about how they were embedded into the bricks in days of old.

    • Rhonda Albom says

      I don’t really think it’s bravery, as we love home exchange. I lets us travel cheap and be in neighborhoods rather than tourist towns. We can really absorb the culture that way. And tapas bars in Spain are amazing. It quickly became one of our favorite ways to eat late night.

  3. Susan Gourley says

    I would be so nervous about home exchanges but it sounds like you had a wonderful experience.

    • Rhonda Albom says

      I guess people are all different. We were never nervous about our exchanges. We have had three excellent exchanges.

  4. says

    This is wonderful – I’ve lived in five houses in the last year and a half – two were ours – and in the same neighborhood – two were places we needed to stay in order to wait for tenants to move out of one when we sold the other and the one we’re living in now is co-owned by my partner and two of his sibs – it is in Labrador (our other home is in Nova Scotia) so although I’ve never swapped I sure know how to live with a minimum of my own stuff and lots of other people’s things! To see where I live in Labrador you could go to And thanks for coming by my writing blog – Jan Morrison

  5. Nancy Mock says

    What an unbelievable oppurtunity! Now I am jealous 🙂 Your pictures are beautiful and I look forward to following you through the rest of the A-Z Challenge!

    Nancy at Hungry Enough To Eat Six
    2014 A to Z Challenge Participant

  6. Tui Snider @TuiSnider says

    That sounds like so much fun! Did the people you exchanged homes with enjoy your place as much as you enjoyed theirs?

    Love the paw prints on the ceiling – very cute!

    Oh, my… Every time I visit your blog, I start daydreaming about travel adventures. But that is a *good* thing.

    Also, is the book you are writing fiction or non-fiction?

    Ciao for now. I’ll be back for more armchair traveling very soon. 😀

    ~Tui Snider~
    @TuiSnider on Twitter
    My blog: Tui Snider’s Offbeat & Overlooked Travel
    I am also part of the #StoryDam team, a friendly writing community!

    • Rhonda Albom says

      Our exchange partner is now my neighbor, he loved it so much he lives here now. As for the paw print, it was really neat and fun. My book is a memoirs. Happy Day Dreaming.

    • Rhonda Albom says

      Si, Viva Espana, but that would have been for the letter V 🙂 Loved your egret, I got married in that town.

    • Rhonda Albom says

      The tapas in the Costa Brava region of Spain was amazing, second only to what we had in Bilbao (in the Basque region).

  7. says

    I’d never have the courage to swap homes with strangers, but I’m glad you enjoyed your time in Spain! (Sorry I’m neglecting my blog-friends this month. A-Z comments have me snowed under and I’m trying to visit people from the linky list too…)

    • Rhonda Albom says

      Interesting, I never thought of it as brave until I read all the comments here. It’s just such a great way to travel. Just knowing the person in my house is trusting me in theirs makes it feel ok.

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