The Atlantic as you’ve never seen it
Meliá Hotels & Resorts has just presented its new app. With it, you can request room service, book meals in Meliá Hotels’ restaurants or manage your bookings. And Iberia Plus offers even more benefits when you stay at a Meliá hotel – in addition to earning Avios, you’ll enjoy all the benefits offered by MeliáRewards. Select Iberia Plus as your favourite partner in your MeliáRewards account and you’ll earn three Avios for every €1 you spend. To help you try the app for the first time and enjoy all its advantages, here are five destinations on the Atlantic, where you can enjoy the perfect summer holiday.
1 Exploring marshes in Huelva
Travellers who prefer to avoid destinations swarming with tourists often find that Huelva is the perfect place for a holiday. The region, which borders Portugal’s Algarve, is home to breathtaking natural sites such as the Doñana National Natural Park, whose 54,300 hectares are filled with a wide variety of fauna, including migratory birds (there are several observatories in La Rocina), horses and species in danger of extinction, such as the Iberian lynx. It has a large network of trails, ideal for hiking or cycling when the weather is fine.
The Meliá Atlántico Isla Canela has direct access to the island’s beach. Try out the app and, if you’re still not a member of MeliáRewards, earn 2,000 welcome points just for registering online.
2 Discovering flamenco heritage in Cádiz
Many of flamenco music’s greatest stars have come from the province of Cádiz. For instance, Camarón de la Isla was born in San Fernando, and José Mercé, Lola Flores and Manuel Molina came from Jerez de la Frontera. This destination features a broad cultural offering related to this style of music. El Festival de Jerez is the best-known flamenco festival at the international level but, if you’re visiting in summer, the Fiesta de la Bulería is a quintessential flamenco singing and dancing festival that can’t be missed. This year’s festival, from 23-25 August, is dedicated to the flamenco singer-songwriter Manuel Moneo Lara.
To soak up the heritage of Al-Andalus, the Meliá Sancti Petri is an Arabian-style Andalusian palace. Feel like a sultan when you order room service using Meliá’s new app.
3 Looking at the sky in Tenerife
The experts say that its latitude, fine weather and altitude make Tenerife (along with Hawaii and Chile) one of the best places in the world for stargazing. La Laguna is home to the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, one of Europe’s leading institutes in the field. One of the island’s best spots for stargazing without a telescope is Mount Teide, where there is very little light pollution.
To save some extra time for the beach, use the app to check in before you get to the hotel Gran Meliá Palacio de Isora.
4 Trying the wine from the volcanoes on Lanzarote
Lanzarote’s climate – little rainfall and mild temperatures all year long – marks the personality of the so-called conejero wines (a term applied exclusively to wines from Lanzarote). Even the method for growing grapes there is different to the usual rows of vines. Instead, there are holes dug right into the volcanic soil, which comes from the ashes produced by the eruption of Mount Timanfaya between 1730 and 1736. Tour the west of the island in search of these unique vineyards and visit the La Geria, Yaiza, Masdache and the Tinajo wineries to sample their specialty: Malvasia wine.
After a day of wine tastings, don’t miss the amazing gastronomy on offer at the Meliá Salinas; try the signature cuisine of its Spices restaurant. Open Meliá’s app and book directly with the restaurant.
5 Extreme sport on Fuerteventura
Fuerteventura’s typical winds allow sport enthusiasts to reach high speeds in the water, making it the preferred island for sports surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing and water-skiing. To the north, the beach at the Las Dunas Natural Park is ideal for learners, thanks to its width, and El Burro Beach never fails those who come in search of waves. In addition, during July and August, Sotavento Beach is the site of the Windsurfing & Kiteboarding World Cup, with live music and activities for the entire family.
René Egli, the world’s largest windsurfing and kitesurfing school, offers courses on Sotavento Beach, opposite the Meliá Fuerteventura. If you like it and decide to extend your stay, it’s very simple to manage all your hotel bookings using the app.