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Catalan Bay, Gibraltar
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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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  • The beach is very beautiful, clean, beautiful views! Day of little people, but we sunbathed) trip you will enjoy!
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  • Were on the beach in the day time, almost nobody was around. Very beautiful place, lots of small restaurants
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  • Went here mid afternoon, so quiet, not a soul in sight apart from us, beautiful beach, safe swimming, beautiful little church,unfortunately it wasn't open when we visited.