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Catalan Bay, Gibraltar

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3.7/5 based on 240+ reviews on the web
Catalan Bay is a small bay and fishing village in Gibraltar, on the eastern side of The Rock away from the main city.EtymologyAlthough the origin of Catalan Bay's name is documented, a couple of theories co-exist. Documentary evidence suggests that the bay is named after a group of around 350 Catalan servicemen believed to have settled there after having assisted the Anglo-Dutch forces who captured Gibraltar during the War of Spanish Succession on 4 August 1704. Evidence supports the theory that Catalans settled in Catalan Bay giving rise to the above etymological definition.The name La Caleta (meaning 'small bay or cove') considerably pre-dates that of Catalan Bay. The fishing villages of La Atunara (La Línea de la Concepción, Spain) and La Caleta are mentioned in a Royal Dispatch of 6 March 1634, being under the jurisdiction of the "Tercio del Mar de Marbella y Estepona" in the Kingdom of Granada. Since it has been called La Caleta for much longer than it has been called Catalan Bay. The first mention of Catalan Bay was probably, at least, in the mid-eighteenth century, between the second and third siege of Gibraltar (1727-1779). It already appeared on William Faden's map (dressed in 1769-1775 and published in 1782), or in John Cheevers's map (1785). Before that, it probably was named "Catalan Battery", "Catalan Beach" or "Playa de los Catalanes".
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  • Not a very big beach and not the bright yellow sand us Brits are used to, but the tides are about 1 meter so the beachy bits are yours for the day. The quality of the sandcastles speak for the build q...  read more »
  • Very pleasant area with wide clean beach. Accessible either by bus or walking from town centre. As it is uphill some of the way from town I suggest bus to Catalan and walk back[approx 20 mins]. Howeve...  read more »
  • We went there as tour guide from rock excursion recommended it well we were the only ones there for a while The seagulls were all along the front of the beach they did move out of the way when you wal...  read more »
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