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Catalan Bay, Gibraltar

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#7 of 10 in Parks in Gibraltar
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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  • A very busy beach under the Rock where locals and tourists swim and play all day when it is hot in summer. The water is clear, so goggles for looking at fish are a plus!!. It can be hard to find a pla...  more »
  • Small beach on the east of the rock, very nice sand and popular with the locals, bring a sun umbrella if you don't want to burn as you can't hire them. Few decent places to eat up above the beach and ...  more »
  • The only sandy beach in Gibraltar. Beach it is difficult because the available walk is far from anywhere, hence best reached by bus or taxi. On the beach of emptiness, because all people are on top, watching the beach with mountains.
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