The sheltered bay is at the base of the east side of the rock. It's name comes from it being a haven for Catalans fleeing Napolean's 19th century invasion of Spain. I visited on a Sunday morning, the beach was empty and so peaceful.
The Eastern Side of the Rock is usually rather unexplored by tourists. One of the more notable spots is Catabaln Bay which has a small hotel and is known for its seafood restaurants. The beach is Gibraltars second largest (although tiny compared to most other meditarranean beaches) and overcrowded on sunny days. Look out for a round rock called “la mamela” which is derived form the italian word for breast. It is also the name of one of the most famous seafood restaurants in Gibraltar, also located at Catalan Bay.
Gibraltar has around 6 beaches that can be enjoyed including Camp Bay, Little Bay and the most popular Catalan Bay although small. Eastern Beach is probably the biggest with the most sunshine. Western Beach and Sandy Bay are probably more popular with the locals.
We were sitting on the rocks in La Linea looking across towards the Rock when I noticed Western Beach. The weather was lovely, and many were enjoying the beach, swimming and riding jet skis.
I have just been reading that some places in Gibraltar had restrictions on them regarding their use which was for military personnel and their families only, however things are changing and places opening up to all who live on Gibraltar.
Catalan Bay was the home to Genoese fishermen, and still today there are those who live there that are descendants. A small sandy bay, with a few pubs and restaurants.
Its situated on the eastern side of the rock and a bit of a walk from the main part of Gibraltar.
The Caleta Hotel is also here.
The photo is taken from the top of the Rock, its a long way down!!