Beaches in Gibraltar
Although there are less than 10 Gibraltar beaches, they are well cared for and spending time on the beach is one of the things to do in Gibraltar in summer. As the territory is so small, the beaches of Gibraltar are easily accessible by bus or on foot, depending on the location of your hotel.
Many hotels in Gibraltar are close to Casemates Square, except for the newly built Holiday Inn close to the airport and Eastern Beach and the Caleta, which overlooks Catalan Bay.
The most popular Gibraltar beaches to choose from – you can take your pick from either sandy or rocky beaches and for sure you will find your favourite beach in Gibraltar.
Eastern Beach is the largest sandy beach in Gibraltar and joins the Rock to Spain and spans from Catalan bay to the Airport. This beach is ideal for those that love sunbathing as it remains in the sun all day as The Rock does not overshadow this area. Whilst you sunbathe you will see close up the international flights directly overhead as they fly in and out of the airport. This makes this place really special and unique. During your day you can have a nice lunch at the restaurant or a refreshing drink in the beach bar.
One of the most stunning Gibraltar beaches is Sandy Bay. In 2014, Sandy Bay saw 50,000 tons of sand, imported from Laayoune in the Western Sahara deposited as part of a huge public investment initiative. There are two groynes and a frontal breakwater to protect the beach from the erosional impact of the sea. This beautiful bay is both unforgettable and romantic and one for those who love a sandy beach, sun and sea. It’s definitely one of the best beaches in Gibraltar!
Catalan Bay is the second-biggest sandy beach in Gibraltar and is full of life and cheer. It is really popular with both locals and tourists. Whilst enjoying the beach day why not have an al fresco lunch – you can choose from a range of restaurants which specialise in fish and local dishes – we are sure you will not be disappointed.
Camp Bay is one of the larger beaches in Gibraltar. It is a rocky beach and is at the south side of Gibraltar, facing the Atlantic. If you like snorkeling and diving then this is the beach for you. The first artificial relief was created here by European activists who recognised the threat to local marine life. They used ships and sank them into the shallower waters and it now offers a haven for marine life and divers alike.
Little Bay is a natural cove and is located in the south end of Camp Bay offering a smaller bathing area and a little swimming pool for children. This bay is probably the best beach in Gibraltar for families with kids as it is definitely the most family friendly.
Western Beach is a sandy beach located in the North West part of Gibraltar on the verge of the border with Spain. Adjacent to the beach lies Gibraltar’s Airport and there is also a small residential estate behind the beach.
Eastern Beach is the largest sandy beach in Gibraltar and joins the Rock to Spain and spans from Catalan bay to the Airport. This beach is ideal for those that love sunbathing as it remains in the sun all day as The Rock does not overshadow this area.
Catalan Bay is the second-biggest sandy beach in Gibraltar and is full of life and cheer. It is a former fishing village on the eastern side of the Rock and is very popular with both Gibraltarians' and tourists.