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Catalan Bay



Gibraltar Map

Last Visited: 2011

Catalan Bay was originally known as La Caleta (meaning 'small bay or cove'), and there have been numerous theories put forward as to how it got its English name.

However, as someone who suffers from mild dyslexia, I have no problem in understanding how the word Caleta could be misread Catela.

The only village on the Rock, in fact the only settlement that is not part of the continuous urban sprawl surrounding the old city, Catalan Bay has a charming, peaceful and surprisingly remote feel to it.

This side of the Rock has long been settled by Genoese fishermen and boat-builders and, although Italian is no longer spoken, one gets the distinct suspicion that one is in a different country from the Anglo-Hispanic west side.