The name Catalan Bay dates from the early 18th century. After Catalonia declared for the Archduke in 1705 allying with Britain, Catalan fishermen would likely have salted their anchovies 'Boquerones' at this beach before sending them back to Catalonia. Similarly Genoese traders and seasonal workers began to use this bay and when they migrated away from Genoa this little fishing village became predominantly a Genoese colony. Due to its relative inaccessibility from the town and the regular rock falls that blocked the route this area of Gibraltar remained largely autonomous and kept a lot of its authentic charm.
Comparatively recently the development of the Caleta Palace hotel and now the reclamation works has transformed this area. Visitors are recommended to sample the local sea food restaurants within this picturesque bay.