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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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One of seven waterfalls in Torrent de la Cabana

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

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

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

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

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Places to nurture your body and soul. Read more

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Photo courtesy of Curso Escribà Academy

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

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

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Photo by Melissa Leighty

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

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Photo by Melissa Leighty

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

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

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An artist's life on the Costa Brava. Read more

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

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

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

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

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Photo by Kirsty Moore

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

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

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