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Catalan Bay, Gibraltar

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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. Put Catalan Bay on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Gibraltar holiday planner.
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There are many budget and luxury options to choose from in Gibraltar, with the majority found on the western side of Gibraltar Nature Reserve, near the harbor. If you're looking for serious savings and good service, consider the family-run hostels near Montagu Bastion, or hotels on Cannon Lane.
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  • I visited the beach while on holiday in Gibraltar and was surprised to see a rubbish tip next door which you pass before you reach the beach. There is a toddlers play area on the promenade and a shack...  more »
  • Tucked away around the east coast of Gib, Catalan bay is a little gem, lovely beach, nice bars and restraints.  more »
  • Using the buses to explore Gibraltar we walked from the Sandy bay area, through Catalan bay all the way back to the town centre. Disappointed with this bay - hotel had scaffolding as it is being refur...  more »