Stefi's Travel Blog

The history behind Barcelona’s famous flower symbol - the panot

February 18, 2024 • 4 min read category: Barcelona


If you've ever wandered the streets of Barcelona, chances are you've encountered the panot – that tile with a flower on it. Due to its popularity, it has started being used in many ways like souvenirs, clothing, logos, medals, jewelry, and some people even get a tattoo of it. It has become an iconic image that is everywhere, but most importantly…

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…