If you are heading into Catalonia, Spain, you will most likely make your way to one of the largest cities in Spain, Barcelona. There are hundreds of Catalonia, Spain hostels in Barcelona, so do your research about the areas of the city and location of your Catalonia, Spain hostel before you go. There are so many incredible things to see and do here you will need a good couple of days to check out the famous Gaudi architecture at the Sagrada Familia and Park Guell. If you are heading further south out of Catalonia, save your major food experiences for later. Food here can be very expensive and really not all that great, especially when it comes to paella. If you're only visiting Catalonia and want some authentic cuisine, make sure you do your research so you don't wind up with microwaveable tapas.
Heading south from here along the coast you will find the coastal town of Salou and right next to it Tarragona. They are popular beach destinations along the Iberian coast of Catalonia that are great for relaxing and hanging about. As you head further along the coastline you will also find Catalonia, Spain hostels to stay in some of the smaller and less popular beach towns.
Girona is also well worth a visit. There are some fabulously colourful canals, museums, and cathedrals to stop in on. It is a great place to spend a day to explore if you are looking for a more cultural experience.
Something to keep in mind while traveling here is that while most of the locals will speak Spanish, their primary language here in Catalonia is Catalan. There can be a little bit of animosity from the locals if referring to them as "Spanish" because many of the people here support attempted movements for Catalonia to become independent of the rest of Spain. So learn a few words in Catalan and this will take you far when making local friends and getting help.
Public transport around the areas is quite good. You can take the buses or trains from Barcelona to basically anywhere you want to go. It is worth booking in advance in peak seasons to avoid missing out, especially on longer journeys.
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While you're in Barcelona in the evening, grab some new friends from the hostel and go check out the "Magic Fountains" nighttime fountains/lights show (ask your hostel front desk person for directions).
Girona City is 103 kilometers to the northeast of Barcelona. It's a good tourist place, so many tourists fly into Girona on one of the many budget airlines and then make their way to Barcelona or the Costa Brava. The Girona Tourist Guide will help you arrange your visit to Girona in Spain.