05 Oct 2020
Fabulous Wild Atlantic Way scenery, rich culture and heritage and an amazing culinary scene make Galway a top destination.
Planning a visit to Ireland when it’s safe to travel? Here are ten reasons why you should include Galway in your itinerary.
1. Cultural hotspot
Galway is renowned for its cultural creativity and is the 2020 European Capital of Culture. Until March 2021, you can immerse yourself in a major arts festival that will feature hundreds of events, live and online, on the theme of ‘Language, Landscape and Migration’.
2. Wild Atlantic scenery
A wind-swept walk or scenic drive along Galway’s coastline, part of the stunning Wild Atlantic Way, will deliver breath-taking views of spectacular landscapes and the island-studded sea. Take a ferry to the Irish-speaking Aran Islands and drink in the serenity of this timeless place.
3. Culinary delights
Named a 2018 European Region of Gastronomy, Galway has a thriving gastronomic scene built on the exceptional ingredients that grow on its fertile land. It’s particularly famed for its oysters which are celebrated annually in the Galway International Oyster and Seafood Festival.
4. Brilliantly bohemian
Galway City’s dynamic arts scene, colorful streets, crowded cafés and pubs filled with music give it a lively bohemian vibe. Little wonder it was named one of the world’s top cities for travellers in 2020 by Lonely Planet.
5. Historic architecture
From prehistoric stone forts to round towers, medieval castles and gothic abbeys, there is a world of history to explore in County Galway. Don’t miss the impressive seventeenth-century Portumna Castle and Gardens and stunning Kylemore Abbey, considered to be Ireland’s most romantic building.
6. Seaside adventures
Galway is a playground for lovers of water-based adventure. Have a go at surfing on Atlantic waves, kayaking around Galway Bay, sailing, powerboating or waterskiing. Go dolphin spotting on a cruise or simply enjoy a walk along a golden beach.
7. Festival fun
Galway loves a festival so no matter what time of year you visit you’re likely to land in the middle of one. Music festivals, arts festivals, film festivals (Galway is a UNESCO City of Film), food festivals, walking festivals, garden festivals, whatever you’re into, Galway has it covered.
8. Hiking and biking
Forest trails and woodland walks abound in County Galway and are perfect for leisurely strolls, hiking and mountain biking. For those seeking a challenge, the Twelve Bens provide excellent climbing opportunities and spectacular views.
9. Galway Races
So much more than an equestrian event, the Galway Races is a fun-filled seven days packed with 53 thrilling horseraces, live music and entertainment, stunning fashion, family fun and an unforgettable atmosphere.
10. Iconic Connemara
The savage beauty of Connemara is world famous and every bit as breath-taking as its reputation suggests. Lose yourself in its beauty with a visit to Connemara National Park, 2,000 hectares of mountains, bogs, heaths, grasslands and forests.
Inishmore, Aran Islands, County Galway
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