Back from the tour around south west Europe. We travelled around 5000 kilometres in May with the Jeep and everything went fine. Basically we did a tour around the Iberian Peninsula. Besides work, the goal was La Manga to visit a wedding of dear friends. Many different experiences, kind people and interesting weather – at first quite chilly and then still mild temperatures in the south was unexpected.

We stayed in different kinds of places, hotels, AirBnBs and we also did camping with the roof tent of the jeep.

Just to provide a short wrap-up of the locations we stayed:

From Germany we went via a small piece of Austria at Bodensee to Switzerland where we could travel fast and good to France where we stayed in Oyonnax just around the corner of Geneva. Next stop was on the other side of France at the Atlantic Ocean: Bordeaux. We stayed there for two nights to get a bit of an experience of this lovely city. Via Biarritz we moved on to northern Spain and stayed on a Camping ground near Santander where we also visited the Palacio de La Magdalena. Next stop was Santiage de Compostela, the place where pilgrims swarm to on the path of self-reflection. Then it was time to hit nature in northern Portugal where we stayed a couple of nights in a hut.

In Porto we checked out the vegan scene and walked around that very nice city. Via the highways 1 and 2 we went south to the Algarve and the southwest point of Europe near Sagres. We stayed at two locations at Algarve before we moved on to Cadiz, the oldest city of western Europe. In Almeria we had a short stop before staying at the wedding area of Cartagena and La Manga for a week including a short visit to Murcia.

Then it was time to drive back home via Barcelona, where we stayed for a night and did the walking tour. Andorra on the way to Carcassonne was quite interesting, however the building style did not meet our favours. In Carcassonne we discovered La Cite, an UNESCO world heritage site. On the way to a night in Aix-Les-Bains we checked out a single vegan eatery in the middle of meat world of southern France. From there it was straight back through Switzterland with a big traffic jam in Zurich and we were back home in Munich.



Ibiza & La Manga

First step: München to Frankfurt Flughafen
Starting on time to the Hauptbahnhof in München accompanied by rather nice weather I was able to avoid the delayed ICE initially chosen. As train staff explained it hit a tree.
The one before built up a delay, too which jeopardized my switch in Mannheim to another ICE. However, Deutsche Bahn managed to put both trains on tracks right besides each other for quick and easy change.
Now with a delay of 7 minutes but still earlier than planned the Frankfurt Flughafen Fernbahnhof was reached.

Next point was to find the DB Lounge in which I consumed a snack and wrapped up additional gear provided by a non-disclosed local family member.


Baggage drop-off
At Frankfurt Airport the competitor of local matador Lufthansa airline, AirBerlin is situated at Terminal 2.
With our e-tickets we went to the drop-off counter.

The delays went on, plane ABF0 was about an hour late and we had our touchdown on Ibiza soil at 20:17. After a short trip with the stuffed airport bus we waited for our luggage.