One of our favorite places to travel to. It’s vibrant street life, amazing people, and quirky culture make for a new experience every time. When visiting Barcelona, you’ll never run short of things to do, places to eat, and nightlife to live.

On our last visit to Barcelona, we decided to check out a restaurant called Mamarosa Beach which, as I’m sure you guessed from the name, is right on the beach. It’s also on the ground floor of the beautiful W hotel – which we’ll get to later.

The decor is shabby chic meets modern, and the food is Mediterranean meets Italian meets delicious. We sat on the spacious patio and enjoyed views of the beautiful beach at sunset, enjoying their delicious selection of wine. While debating what to order, we kept seeing large, incredibly delicious pizzas being served to guests and, as suckers for pizza because who isn’t, we decided to order one for the table. We ordered the quattro stagioni which had fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, artichokes, jamon, mushrooms and olives – it was the perfect balance of creamy and salty. We also ordered the Spaghetti con almejas y su ajo y perejil, which was a fresh pairing of clams and herbs tossed in freshly made spaghetti. It was fantastic italian fare on a beautiful beach in Barcelona. Exactly the kind of relaxing evening we were looking to have.

After our meal, we went into the W hotel which looks like a giant shark’s fin. It’s located beachfront along the Barceloneta boardwalk, by the end of Port Vell, which makes for INCREDIBLE views. While the outside of the hotel is rather breathtaking, the inside is even better. It’s clean and modern with a bevy of cocktail lounges, bars and restaurants. The most notable and popular bar in the hotel is the rooftop bar, aptly named The Eclipse. If you’re ever in Barcelona, The Eclipse at the W is a MUST see. The panoramic views of the Barcelona coast are unmatched. The Eclipse bar has ample lounge seating throughout and delicious cocktails to boot. We went a little earlier than the usual party starts, however, if you’re looking for somewhere to dance the night away, look no further. With DJ’s booked almost nightly, this place is one of the ultimate party destinations in Barcelona.

We hope when you make your trip to Barcelona, you’ll keep our favorite destinations in mind! Enjoy!

-Brooke and the Global Access Team