My two boys have been asking me to make some videos with their toys, currently with these little thumb-sized figures called SuperZings that all kids seem to be talking about. So, on a family vacation on a “Pillar of Hercules”–the Rock of Gibraltar, UK–we finally did it. Here they are a YouTube video that shows kids at play. . . FREE PLAY. . . on Catalan Bay in December.
This family video will also help you, parents or otherwise, see the warm and welcoming beach in the winter without ever leaving your home OR ahead of your visit, in case you are wondering what it looks like.
The beach is a great playground in itself, especially during off season when hardly anyone is there with you. During our visit there were only four other visitors. It’s almost like having your own private beach.
what does catalan bay beach in GIBRALTAR look like?
This YouTube video (link below) also shows you how quiet the beach on the eastern side of Gibraltar could be at this time in December even though the temperature was in the high teens (Celsius) when we visited. It was warm enough to have beach play without shoes on. But the water was quite cold. So beware, BEWARE. You have been forewarned!
When travelling with kids, it is usually good to know where exactly you are going and what you are getting into. We don’t do this because we never had enough time to do recon work. So, we would often just wing it, which sometimes has led to a lot of stress and frustration. You know, getting to a beach and it turned out to be filled with litter and dog poop or a rundown hazardous playground. We had plenty of practice with this especially since we had been on a 2-month long, summer camping road trip from Spain to Poland and back. . . TWICE!
Specifically, when travelling with family and kids, it helps you (parents) save some time and a helluva lot of frustration by knowing if the beach is clean (and not like a druggies den), if there is a playground nearby, and (perhaps more importantly) a toilet, other than the sand dunes. To help you, we’ve started putting videos that show the places that we’ve visited.
is there parking, playground, restroom at CATALAN BAY BEACH, GIBRALTAR?
Here, you can also see what kind of beach Catalan bay is, what type of sand it has, and how pretty the colorful houses are. There is also playground at the beach itself and parking aplenty (at least during off season) for FREE. There are at least 2 restaurants that were open during our visit–one just above the playground and another at the Caleta Hotel, a little farther away. This in case, you and your little ones have a bathroom emergency.
How far is CALETA BAY beach from the entrance to Gibraltar? Can you walk there?
Yes, you can walk to Catalan Bay. It is a little over 2 kilometers (30-minute walk) from the entrance to Gibraltar. It is a single-lane, two-way traffic road, not busy during our visit but the opposite in the summer months. So be careful.
For those of you (and you kids) who want to learn some words in English, Polish or Spanish (that the boys speak) we added some text and voice to for the following words: beach, sea, sand, castle.
NOTE: We get NO money, gifts or anything for mentioning these commercial places. We’re simply providing helpful info for parents with little high-energy bundles of joy. . . your children, that is. As parents to our little “free electrons”, we understand you.
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credits: SuperZings Kids Free Play at the Beach 👦on the Rock of Hercules, Gibraltar UK 🧒 Family Video credits
Thanks to CLIPARTWIKI for the FREE-to-use Hercules clipart that appears somewhere in the middle of the video. You can check out other images via this link: https://www.clipartwiki.com/downpng/Tboiwi_hercules-clip-art-hercules-marvel-png/
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