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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. 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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  • Nice beach in a place where beaches are a bit rare. Good cafe's nearby. Very clean on our visit. Good views across the med. 
    Nice beach in a place where beaches are a bit rare. Good cafe's nearby. Very clean on our visit. Good views across the med.  more »
  • When you round the corner at the top of the hill you are greeted with such a beautiful sight. The different coloured houses and the beach. So good to have the lovely Seawave restaurant. There is a... 
    When you round the corner at the top of the hill you are greeted with such a beautiful sight. The different coloured houses and the beach. So good to have the lovely Seawave restaurant. There is a...  more »
  • Love Catalan Bay. Have to visit every time I go to Gibraltar . Good places to eat, safe beach to swim from and a lot of history. I have been visiting here for several years the last time in September....  more
    Love Catalan Bay. Have to visit every time I go to Gibraltar . Good places to eat, safe beach to swim from and a lot of history. I have been visiting here for several years the last time in September....  more »
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  • Hidden gem of Gibraltar with great vibes, such a shame the beach had plenty of litter spoiling its beauty.
  • Beautiful, loved the shells, amazing wedding memories ❤
  • Beautiful, scenic and spotlessly clean.
  • Nice little beach! Unfortunately looked a bit like some development going on, hope this beach won't become a Marina, as it looks absolutely gorgeous as it is !
  • Beautiful beach, a must see

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