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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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  • We stopped here on our tour around Gibraltar. The beach was pleasant but nothing special. I did find some nice shells on the beach.  more »
  • It is a very small, very quiet, beach of coarse sand. It is not a recommended beach as a destination, but it is nice to hang out or eat with a view to it.
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  • we took the bus here - be warned, the stop is in a position where the only access to the beach is down steep steps. However, the bay is beautiful, and the views are stunning  more »

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