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Top 5 Reasons to Visit Galway

Posted on: Thu, 03 May, 2018

Top 5 Reasons to visit Galway Galway has been named as the European Capital of Culture for 2020 and it’s easy to see why. The city is full of amazing and very cool things to see and do.

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Eyre Square

This inner city park is always a haven of activity and is located in the heart of Galway city and is the connection between two of the city’s main shopping streets, William Street and Shop Street. Take a leisurely stroll through Eyre Square and admire the buskers and street performers all hoping to gain your attention. You’ll find all sorts, from traditional Irish musicians to saxophone players to dance crews, all equally brilliant!

Latin Quarter

The Latin Quarter is a cultural hotspot in Galway city centre, full of trendy eateries, bars and shops, plus its home to Galway’s famous Spanish Arch. The Spanish Arch is thought to be an extension of the city’s medieval city walls which were designed to protect ships moored in the quays.  Nowadays it’s one of the most popular hangout spots in the city and when the sun is shining you’ll be sure to find locals sunbathing, playing music and having fun.  You’ll also find the Galway City museum in the Latin Quater which showcases the archaeology, history and heritage of Galway.

Connemara

Connemara, situated on the very edge of Europe, is a truly spectacular place and is a must see on your next trip to Galway. You’ll find some of the most stunning scenery that Ireland has to offer, as well as some of the friendliest and welcoming locals around. The region spreads across the North West region of County Galway and is home to attractions such as Kylemore Abbey, Connemara National Park, Delphi Valleys, Clifden Station House Museum and Connemara Castle.  It’s also Ireland’s largest Gaeltacht area and you’ll find locals speaking Irish on a daily basis which is a really unique experience in Ireland today.

Wild Atlantic Way

The Wild Atlantic Way has been a huge attraction for visitors to Galway in recent times. Galway boasts 3 out of the 15 Signature Experience points, along the coastal route. The Sky Road drive in Clifden is a popular route with stunning views of Clifden bay. The route from Leenane to Drummin is also a popular one, providing a stunning driving experience through the rugged wilderness of Connemara.

Restaurants, Bars & Shops

Eating out in Galway is a delight as the city is packed full of great places to try out. The Asian Tea house is always a popular choice and serves a range of delicious Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese and Malaysian dishes.  The décor is very cool too and will give you a wonderful Asian experience with its Pan Asian motifs, rattan seats and bamboo lampshades.

McCambrige’s on Shop Street is a local gem, serving a comforting and delicious range of fresh sandwiches, wraps, soups, Paninis, and other exotic treats. Oscar’s is regarded is one of the best seafood restaurants in Galway and has an ever changing menu of wonderful locally sourced produce from Shellfish to white fish.