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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Galway Ireland, a Fantastic, Bustling Irish City

Galway Ireland

Galway is a beautiful urban area in all of Ireland and is a popular destination for travellers. It is considered as one of the safest and most relaxed cities in Ireland. Galway is a charming city with a vibrant atmosphere, an ideal place to relax, explore different unique places. The pubs and traditional live music scene has made Galway the best entertainment city in Ireland.

Galway Places to visit: 

The fastest flowing river in Europe is The River Corrib. It may seem small and relatively normal, but it’s the fastest flowing river in all of Europe. So grab a seat by the banks and relax to the sound of rushing water.

The Aran Islands Galway: 

A trip to Galway is not complete without a visit to the Aran Islands. A tour to the Islands off the coast of Galway is like walking back in time down the small stone wall lined roads, beautiful cottages and wonderful limestone landscapes. Aran Island consists of three islands, Inis Mhor (the largest Island), Inis Meain (Middle island) and Inis Oirr (the smallest island). The story goes like this that two giants were fighting and throwing rocks on each other. One of the giants threw a rock that fell into the sea and broke apart to become Aran Island.

Live Music in Galway: 

Galway and music go hand in hand. Home to such bands include the Stunning Galway street club and Key West.

Watch the Buskers: Galway is known for its buskers, and they can be found all down shops, street throughout the day, from musician to bands to dancers you never know what you will find. So be sure to stop and watch for a while. It’s one of the easiest and best things to do in Galway.

For tourists interested in listening to some traditional music, can visit several pubs in Galway having traditional nights where you can listen to some traditional music with a lovely pint of pure Irish Guinness.

Festivals in Galway: 

Galway has several festivals, many of which are quite famous across the world. The main festival is the Galway Arts Festival which takes place in July. It is a great event filled with Music, Arts, Comedy and much more.

The Galway Races is a long week of horse racing. It takes place in August. It is for those who enjoy horse racing but, is not attended by the locals due to its expensive pricing.

The Macnas Parade is a one-day parade that happens in October and is the main celebration of Halloween time in Galway.


Galway’s food scene includes incredible cafes, bistros, and fine-dining restaurants that are kicking the culinary hall right out of the park. Galway has a number of different cuisines on offer. The main genres are Spanish, Italian, and Irish.

Outdoor activities: 

There are hosts of outdoor activities in Galway to cater to all tastes.

Corrib Princess Cruise takes passengers along the majestic River Corrib and onto Lough Corrib along the line of the famous steamer which is the original trade route along the lakes.

Diving: Galway bay is clean with great visibility which is safe for diving. The nutrient-rich Gulf Stream has an abundance of marine life to see. The most popular diving location is in Connemare at Carraroe and Tra a Doilin, Killary harbor.

Shopping at Galway: 

The popular weekend market surrounding St.Nicholas Church in the center of Galway is colorful, aromatic, and a musical place to indulge. It is a great place to pick a truly unique gift.

Galway’s market: for some local flavor and a bit of a Bohemian vibe head to Galway market, a favorite of both tourists, and residents for produce, food, and crafts.

Group activities in Galway: 

There are few destinations in Ireland better suited for group outings than Galway. The bustling city center is lined with a wonderful mix of lively traditional Irish Music bars, funky nightclubs, fine restaurant, and quirky shops.

Some Group activities are: 

Rusheen bay water sports, Galway City Karting, Go surfing, Go Greyhound Racing, Galway Footgolf, Astrobay, Great Escape Room and Pedal Power.

Soak up in the Sun at Eyre Square; this is a popular spot to relax on the grass or have a picnic with your beer, Eyre Square has some great pubs and bars around it. So, it’s worth visiting.

Hen Party at Galway there is such a wide selection of hen party ideas to do in Galway. It’s hard to make a decision about which one to choose. Few of them are:

Paint a Nude Art Class, Dance Class hen party, Hen Party Boat cruise, full themed Photoshop, cocktail master class.

Kid’s attraction in Galway: Galway is a wonderful city to visit with a young family. There are loads of activities and things to do in the city to keep your youngsters entertained.

They are Burren Nature Sanctuary, Brigit’s Garden, National Aquarium Galway, Lough well farm park, Leisure land, and Treasure Island activity center.

Beaches in Galway: 

Galway has beautiful beaches close to the city. The closest beach to Galway is Salt hill.

Salt hill Beach is made up of several small beaches separated by rocky or grassy out drops. Something unique in this beach is that it is made up of sand and pebbles. Salt hill beach is located on the edge of the Galway city. The beach is accompanied by a long promenade which is very popular with walkers and runners. There are three beaches connected to these beaches. The largest and most popular is the Ladies Beach where they have their very own hut serving coffee ice-cream and treats. Salt hill beach has been a blue flag beach and enormously popular in fine weather during summer.

Dog’s bay/Gurteen bay beaches: Dog’s bay is a spectacular horseshoe-shaped bay with more than a mile-long stretch of white sandy beach, similar Gurteen bay the sand is made entirely of fragments of seashells which give it a pure white color. Both these beaches are considered safe for swimming and other water sports such as windsurfing and kite surfing.

Other amazing beaches are White Strand Beach, Renvyle, Tra a Doilin Coral beach Carraroe, Dumhnach Beach, Inishbofin Island, Kilmurvey Beach, Inis Mor, and Silver Strand Beach.


Where to stay in Galway for sightseeing: 

Luxury hotels: Galway bay hotel is situated with an excellent water view. The hotel has a gym, pool, steam room, and sauna.

Midrange Hotels: Park house hotel, Jury’s inn Galway

Budget Hotels: Barnacles Hostel Galway and Travelodge Galway

If you are wondering what to do in Galway during your trip, then these are few things that you can do and see in Galway.

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