King Juan Carlos returned to Sanxenxo this Monday, although on this occasion he did not fly directly from Abu Dhabi to Vigo since before landing, shortly before 6:30 p.m., at the Galician airport he made two stops, one in Geneva, where He was already a month ago before coming to Spain to celebrate Princess Leonor's coming of age, and another in Vitoria, where, as he did on a previous trip, he went to Dr. Eduardo Anitua's office to undergo a general check-up. . The King's father plans to remain in Sanxenxo until next Monday and participate next weekend in the Desafío Barceló regatta that will be held in the waters of the Pontevedra estuary.
This week is the sixth visit that the King has made to Spain since he went into self-exile in Abu Dhabi in August 2020. On five occasions his destination has been Sanxenxo and to participate in the regattas in which the Bribón competes. The previous trip barely lasted ten hours, from shortly after noon to shortly before midnight, to attend the family celebration that took place on October 31 in El Pardo, on the occasion of Princess Leonor's coming of age.
The private jet in which King Juan Carlos travels is a Bombardier registration VJT453 from VistaJets, the most important private flight company in Europe that is owned by Thomas Flohr, father-in-law of his nephew Prince Phlippos of Greece. The plane, from Geneva, landed at Vitoria airport this Monday shortly after 11 in the morning and took off in the direction of Vigo at 5:30 p.m. At the Galician airport, as usual, Pedro Campos was waiting for him and, after picking him up at the foot of the stairs, he accompanied him to his house in the Nanin neighborhood, in Sanxenxo, as on other occasions.
The first visit, when he had not set foot in Spain for almost two years, took place in May 2022 and took place in the midst of great media attention, which put paid to Zarzuela's recommendations to the emeritus king of a discreet trip. . King Juan Carlos himself did not calculate the magnitude of his first return and its repercussions provoked numerous reactions, both in certain sectors of society and politics, and in Zarzuela itself. Before returning to Abu Dhabi, King Juan Carlos stopped by the Zarzuela where he had a conversation with his son in which he agreed that, for future visits, discretion and privacy would be the norm.
The next trip to Spain did not take place until last April and, unlike the first, King Juan Carlos was only seen inside the car driven by his host, Pedro Campos, on the way from the house where he normally stays. to the pontoons of the Sanxenxo yacht club. The same tone as on his third trip, at the end of last July, discretion and little public exposure. The fourth trip, with the same destination and the same objective (Sanxenxo and regattas) took place last September, but on that occasion, King Juan Carlos, somewhat more relaxed, was seen at the entrances to the headquarters of the yacht club and also in a restaurant in O'Grove, where he went with his sister Margarita and his nephews Alfonso and María Zurita who spent a few days with him.
Today he returns to Sanxenxo and, given that the nautical tests will take place on Friday and Saturday, it is assumed that King Juan Carlos, along with the friends and family who visit him, will leave Pedro Campos' house to enjoy the gastronomy. and the Galician landscapes.