Catalan Bay attracts both locals and tourists with its sandy beach (the second-largest in Gibraltar) and a number of fresh seafood restaurants. This rocky cove was first settled by Genoese anglers in the 18th century. Notice the round-shaped rock protruding into the sea: it reminded the early Genoese settlers of a woman's breast, so they named it "La Mamela." Their descendants still live in the quaint village with a small Catholic church at its center. Every September you can watch a procession leading a statue of the Virgin from the church to the shore during Gibraltar's main religious festival. Take a look at our Gibraltar sightseeing tool to schedule your visit to Catalan Bay and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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Catalan Bay Reviews
Lovely sandy beaches in a quiet cove. If you're staying centrally you can easily take the bus here to explore. Do some beach combing and watch the sea. more »
Catalan Bay is located on the east side of the Rock and therefore suffers from the prevailing wind so you won’t see many visitors here out of season. Catalan hotel, a number of restaurants and a... more »
So beautiful and unforgettable, after dinner at the Caleta we went for an evening walk along this beach. Small but dazzling. I didn't know the name and had to ask the waiter, he told me that the Caleta community there are very different to the rest of the island and a very quiet people.
A really beautiful beach with a stunning back drop and very colourful buildings. Nice little bars and restaurants along the promenade. It’s an easy walk from the main town, 30 minutes max. Well worth a visit.
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