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Melissa Leighty

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Melissa set her sights on Spain eight years ago and never looked back. As a freelance writer and photographer, she covers travel, food and wine. Her insatiable thirst for travel and new cuisine has led her to try mare’s milk in Mongolia and fish pies in Siberia, but she’s happiest with the canelons de la iaia right here in her own backyard. She publishes a food blog about Catalan cuisine called Ataula (ataula.co) and is at work on a new book about wine and travel. Follow her on Instagram @ataula_co and @mpleighty.

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Sant Maurici Lake, Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park

Track down these natural pools in some of the most breathtaking spots in Catalunya. more

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Your guide to summer on the white island away from the clubs. more

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Stargazing is a simple way to bring science to life and view the expansiveness of the universe. more

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Follow in the footsteps of great literary characters through the historic streets of Barcelona. more

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Places to nurture your body and soul. more

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Photo courtesy of Curso Escribà Academy

A short guide to culinary courses in Barcelona and beyond. more

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The Xató salad from the Penedès region is a much-celebrated part of the local culture. more

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Photo by Melissa Leighty

From humble beginnings, the espadrille, a traditional peasant's shoe, has become a fashion icon. more

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Photo by Melissa Leighty

Where to sample a taste of the Balearics in Barcelona. more

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Get away from it all for a few days in this traditional fishing village. more

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An artist's life on the Costa Brava. more

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Got something to celebrate? Delve into the Penedés region and discover the source of Spain’s favourite sparkling wine. more

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Photo by Carol Moran

Get off the beaten track and enjoy the winter white out like never before with our beginner’s guide to snowshoeing in the Pyrenees. more

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With the annual medieval market taking place this month, Melissa Leighty takes a walk through Vic, past and present. more

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The essential ingredient in the Mediterranean diet, olive oil is produced in five areas across Catalunya. more

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Photos by Toby Golus.

In our fast-moving society, the Slow Food movement’s eat local ethos is more relevant than ever. more

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Experience the beauty of the Catalan countryside from a different, white-knuckle perspective. more

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Located in the province of Tarragona, the Delta de l’Ebre is a wide swath of wetland that harbours a natural park and the largest rice-growing region in Spain. more

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Photo by Kirsty Moore

The remnants of Barcelona's industrial past take on a new creative guise. more

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Here’s a roundup of where you can practise your handiwork, whatever your chosen craft may be. more

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