I've traveled previously in Europe (Schengen) during the last 4 years with 4 shengen visas. The last one was from Spain.
In my last trip application i wrote that my firat entry country will be Milan, Italy but my booking was through Aegean Airline and we did a transit in Athens so my passport was stamped in Athens.
Also my visa allowed 2 entries because I informed them I will pass through Bucharest. However, after I flew from Bucharest to Madrid airport, the passport officer said that I am not allowed to enter Spain. By the way, I had not changed my application itinerary.
I told him this is a 2-entry visa that your embassy granted me. He didn't do a entry stamp and drew two small lines over my exit stamp from Bucharest. He did let me enter Spain.
I decided to do another visa from Spain consulate. The travel agency told me that it didn't matter if my route didn't start or end in Spain so i decided to 2 days Amsterdam, 5 Madrid, 3 days Rome .
When I applied again in the Spanish consulate, they told me that I changed my first entry country. I said no, my flight was to Milan but they stamped my entry in Athens. The flight ticket which I provided was Aegean airlines again. No one mentioned that I will enter in Athens and that will be the first entry country even though I was only transiting in Athens.
The consulate also asked me who did those two small lines across the Bucharest stamp. I told them the story and that I don't know why.
They refused my visa application. The reason was: Justification for the purpose and conditions of the intended stay was not reliable.
I appealed saying that I never breached any visa. I did alot of tourism and that I needed another visa with new dates. I attached new ticket and booking because my original trip had already passed. I informed them that due to changes, I have only 5 days vacation. I just want visit spain only (5 nights Barcelona). Also I attached all last trip bookings and some train bookings and boarding passes and flights but after 30 days no one called me. When I called them, they said it means that there is no new changes in your situation.
My travel agency advised me that I must reapply again with same new booking (5 nights Barcelona). I applied again but again they refused me for same reason.
first refusal febraury 2016
second refusal april 2016
What should I do to visit Europe in August 2016?
Should I appeal again? If yes, can I do new bookings for August and provide them?
Can I ask for a single visa for Croatia, Bulgaria, Romania, or Cyprus as they are still not Schengen and refusal will not appear? Can I ask 2 of them in two applications as single visa?
What is the meaning of those 2 lines across my stamp? When I asked at the embassy, they said we don't know either!