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Catalonia holiday guide: what to see and do, plus the best hotels and restaurants

There’s much more to Catalonia than busy Barcelona; we pick top sights and activities – and, of course, great tapas

• 10 ways to enjoy Barcelona on a budget

Sunday could be a momentous day for Catalonia – and for once it will have nothing to do with the left foot of Barcelona striker Lionel Messi. The ever-restless Catalans are going to the polls in regional elections that pro-secessionists have billed as a vote on independence from Spain.

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Landmark Trust opens John Fowles’ former home for holiday rentals

Restoration of the novelist’s house, Belmont, where he wrote The French Lieutenant’s Woman, means it is now available to book for self-catering breaks

An 18th-century seaside villa that was the home of acclaimed author John Fowles until his death in 2005 is now available for self-catering holiday rentals following an eight-year restoration project by the Landmark Trust.

Belmont, a Grade II-listed building in Lyme Regis, has been restored to its former glory by the historic buildings charity at a cost of £1.8m. The Regency building, which sleeps eight, is already fully booked until the end of 2016.

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