Stefi's Travel Blog

The Best Beach Getaway Near Barcelona - El Masnou/ Ocata

September 04, 2022 • 3 min read category: Barcelona


There are a lot of beach towns close to Barcelona that are easily reachable by train. Suppose you'd like to escape the city and go to a more local small beach town I recommend taking the train to El Masnou. It's a beach towns near Barcelona by train, 30 min away to be specific. You would only need a zone 2 train ticket. The train ride is beautiful…

The 5 Best Coffee Shops in Barcelona rated by a local

January 30, 2022 • 4 min read category: Barcelona


As someone who loves specialty coffee and has been living in Barcelona for the past 5 years, I want to share with you my favorite roastery coffee spots and as well as why I recommend them. Let’s get into it. 1. Little Fern Little Fern is a coffee shop and brunch place located in Poblenou, also known as 22@ Barcelona Innovation District. Pre…

Walking through the secret passageways / traboules of Lyon

January 08, 2022 • 3 min read category: travel


A few months ago I went on a solo weekend trip to Lyon. I booked a flight and a hotel and with no actual plan was ready for an adventure. With half-day left after having walked around the top sightseeing spots, I decided to go up to the La Croix-Rousse neighborhood. At the tourist information desk, I've had someone mark some of the passageways…

Barcelona recommendations map with local tips

January 07, 2022 • 1 min read category: Barcelona


Living in Barcelona for almost 5 years I have a lot of recommendations of coffee shops, restaurants, places to see, museums, and tourist attractions. To make it easier to share this with friends I have decided to create a Google Map that can be added as a layer on one's Google Maps. The places I've added have a small note of why I put them on the…