Dalai Lama






The Bay of Gibraltar

A dolphin-watching trip is the most enjoyable way of seeing these fascinating mammals up close and there are two companies to choose from. The dolphins in the bay and strait area can be seen nearly any day, primarily the Common Dolphin, Bottlenose Dolphin and the Striped Dolphin.

Dolphins are very sociable animals, spending almost all of their time in the company of others of their species. The groups of dolphins can range from very few, to several hundred, living and working together. They will work together to gather food, help each other to sleep, to give birth to new infants or to assist when another dolphin is ill or injured. These cetaceans can be found in various haunts around the coast of Gibraltar where they feed on sardines, herring, squid, anchovies and flying fish and have been known to dive to a depth of about 280 metres.

*Description courtesy of Gibraltar Tourist Board*


Catalan Bay, East Side Beach

"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. 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 captured 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. The Spanish name ‘La Caleta’ (meaning small cove or bay) considerably pre-dates that of Catalan Bay. Therefore, since it has been called ‘La Caleta’ for much longer than it has ever been called Catalan Bay, the second theory and the most probably just in 1704 on the capture of Gibraltar by an Anglo-Dutch combined operation, that expedition landing in that place around 350 Catalan followers of Charles of Austria.

The third theory suggests quite simply, that the latter could simply be an English mispronunciation of ‘Caleta’. Historically, Catalan Bay had been populated by Genoese fishermen who were part of a much larger settlement pattern along the eastern coast of The Rock during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. In the eighteenth century Genoese was so widely spoken in Gibraltar that Government notices were also published in this language (alongside English and Spanish). Genoese was spoken in Catalan Bay well into the nineteenth century, dying out in the early decades of the twentieth century.

There has been some discussion that the British may have mixed up Catalans with Genoese but it is by no means clear why they should suffer such a confusion, especially since there is other evidence which demonstrates that the British were perfectly aware that the residents of Catalan Bay were Genoese: the orders for the siege of 1727 refer to this bay as the Genoese Cove and the numerous eighteenth and nineteenth century census record large numbers of people born in Genoa not in Catalonia.


During the nineteenth century only fishermen were permitted to live in Catalan Bay. They were required to have a fishing permit granted to them by the Governor and only a limited number of permits were issued. The families who live in the village today are mainly descendants of these Genoese fishermen and are colloquially known as ‘Caleteños’. Catalan Bay is home to the Caleta Hotel, a number of restaurants and the church of Our Lady of Sorrows. The statue of Our Lady of Sorrows is carried to the beach each September when the Bishop of Gibraltar blesses the sea in what has become the main religious festival. The round shaped rock which juts out into the sea is commonly known as ‘La Mamela’ the name given to it by the early Genoese settlers as it resembles a woman’s breast when viewed from the shore."

*Description courtesy of Gibraltar Tourist Board*


Queensway Quay Marina, Outside the City Walls

"Queensway Quay was originally developed in 1994 as a marina with two Mediterranean-style residential complexes of luxury apartments. Queensway Quay Marina, formerly part of Taylor Woodrow’s waterside development, became privately owned in 2001. It has as impressive backdrop of residential complexes and a choice of elegant restaurants and bars. This peaceful location at the water’s edge is just a short walk from the bustling town centre."

*Description courtesy of Gibraltar Tourist Board*


Ocean Village, Outside the City Walls

"At the 'gateway to the Mediterranean' are Gibraltar’s award-winning marinas; Ocean Village and neighbouring Marina Bay. They offer a sheltered and ideally located base for yachts and motor boats with friendly help and professional advice available 24/7 from the centrally located Pier Office. The town centre and Gibraltar International Airport are both within easy reach once you are onshore. Reacting to growing demand from superyachts, Ocean Village Marina has grown in berths.

Nearby you’ll find a selection of international restaurants and bars, a well-stocked chandlery, duty free goods, a mini-market, a health and dental clinic, a gymnasium, even a floating Yacht hotel – everything you need for a comfortable and hassle-free stay. But Ocean Village is more than just a marina – it was created as a yacht home port with its own vibrant marina village and resort. Home to Gibraltar’s casinos, both marinas are transformed at night by the stunning colour-change mood lighting to create a wonderful evening ambience with the magnificent backdrop of the Rock to complete the picture."

*Description courtesy of Gibraltar Tourist Board*