If you’re taking a trip to the Caleta Hotel this year, then you’ll more than likely be visiting the beaches. Gibraltar may be a small territory, but it has plenty of diverse natural terrain, and exploring it is part of the area’s beauty. It makes sense, with Gibraltar’s wide range of geographical influences, you can have craggy European beaches, Mediterranean hot spots and bays of Saharan sand all within a few miles of each other. The beaches are one of the draws to Gibraltar in the summer time, and this means that you have a wide range of choices when visiting. Below are the five beaches of Gibraltar, and a little information about what you can expect from each of them.
This man made beach was created a few years ago after the original Sandy Bay was washed into the sea by storms. Now with increased investment, this bathing area is surrounded by groins, ensuring that beach goers can enjoy a relaxing swim in safety from any potential stormy weather. In fact, when the nearby Catalan Bay is deemed unsafe to swim in, Sandy Bay becomes the safer, if not smaller alternative for avid swimmers and beach bums. Another interesting aspect to Sandy Bay is why it was given its name. With Gibraltar’s violent creation millions of years ago, breaking up from the African continent, this specific beach was gifted with the sand from the Saharan desert, leading to the unique golden sand of this specific beach.
With the Caleta Hotel based right next to it, the Catalan Bay is home to a thriving community of tourists and locals alike. With its several shops and houses built into the hillside overlooking the beach, the Catalan Bay is one of the most buzzing areas of the city. Here you can find a great leisure beach, overlooking historic monuments and whole load of history behind it. With a great view over the Rock of Gibraltar, the Catalan Bay is the perfect place to get a good snap of the rock of Gibraltar. If you’re looking for a great place to enjoy a tasty meal or a sumptuous swim, the Catalan Bay is the place to be.
As the frontier beach between Gibraltar and Spain, the shoreline here gives a great view over the Mediterranean and gives you a wide range of views into Spain. Located quite close to the airport, this beach is a popular tourist visit, as well as being frequented by locals as well due to how large it is. One interesting aspect of Eastern Beach is that it is located next to the runway of Gibraltar airport. This means that bathers can often witness planes come in and out of the territory, adding another aspect to the already stellar beach. With beach bars and restaurants located in the area, it is often frequented by bathers and diners, especially due to the large amount of sunlight which streams across the sea.