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.
Catalan Bay reviews
With its fishermen's houses and a different view of the rock, Catalan Bay is a pretty bay to visit. Best for sun in the morning as come mid afternoon its in the shadow of the rock. Easily reached by..... more »
Beautiful beach well worth a visit. Easy to walk to from main area or just get a no. 4 or no.8 bus. All houses are painted different colours really pretty and lovely Sandy beach a lot nicer than... 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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