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Catalan Bay

The Rock HotelCatalan Bay

Catalan Bay, known in Spanish as ‘La Caleta’ is a small bay and fishing village in Gibraltar on the eastern side of the Rock away from the main city which has a variety of restaurants and stunning views of the Mediterranean. The true origin of the name of Catalan Bay is unknown, but a couple of theories exist: 
The first suggests that the bay is named after a group of around 350 Catalan (from Catalonia) military men believed to have settled here after having assisted the Anglo-Dutch forces who won the capture of Gibraltar during the War of Spanish Succession on 4th August 1704. However, no evidence exists to prove that Catalans settled in Catalan Bay and although this theory is regularly used as the supporting argument for the origin of the name, it is only a supposition that they ever did.