After spending a couple of days in the snow, I swiftly crossed the French border headed toward Spain. The weather looked much better when I passed Dole in the morning: blue sky, sun shine and lush meadows.
Attracted by the warm weather in the south, I spent all day driving until I reached the Mediterranean Sea in the afternoon.
After resting and eating a little bit, I still felt energized to drive the remaining 200km to Spain.
Arriving in Spain
It was already dark when I finally crossed the Spanish border. I spent the night near Girona and continued my journey in the morning. The engine of my van was quite busy when crossing the Catalan Pre-Coastal Range with 55km/h.
After spending most of the weekend on the road, I reached Madrid where I stayed for a couple of days to work and meet some of my friends living in the Spanish capital. As usual, I stayed in the area of Casa de Campo.
I left Madrid before Christmas and drove into the area of Belvís de Monroy where I worked in a quiet environment.
I still had to run my wood stove in the evenings to keep the van warm, so I continued my trip toward the warmer south.
A spontaneous trip to Tarifa
I was planning to spend the Christmas holidays in the mountains before taking a ferry from Huelva to Lanzarote. My plans quickly changed when a friend of mine invited me to join him and a few other vandwellers to celebrate Christmas on a beach near Tarifa. I accepted the detour and drove down to Duna De Valdevaqueros.
We enjoyed a lovely Christmas dinner on Playa Valdevaqueros.
After spending a couple of days with my friend and the others, I drove back to the harbor of Huelva.
I spent my last night on the mainland near Parque botánico José Celestino Mutis before boarding the ferry to Lanzarote.