Located on the Atlantic Ocean, Galway is one of my favorite cities in Ireland. It is historic, quaint, tourist friendly, and known as Ireland’s Cultural Heart. It is popular for its vibrant festivals, celebrations, and events throughout the year.
The Latin Quarter
You can easily walk and enjoy attractive shops and lively pubs on winding cobblestone streets of the Latin Quarter.
The pubs are quaint and many of them are of the old style with several little rooms trimmed in dark wood with nooks and crannies throughout.
Often there are local bands playing in the pubs. Plus, it is not unusual for someone to walk in off the streets, sit down at a piano, and play a tune.
An Ancient History
The streets are active with students, artists, business people, and tourists exchanging conversation. Frequently you even can hear Gaelic.
It also has an ancient sailing history and was at one time the principal Irish port for trade with Spain and France.
Although antique relics are still visible throughout the city, none so beautiful as the twin canals that divide the it into two distinct parts.
The Galway Museum, a Spanish Arch, and colorful houses line the Latin Quarter side of the canals while the other side is the historical thatched village of Claddagh.
Claddagh is the oldest part of Galway and is famous for the Claddagh rings and ancient thatched roof houses. Locals and visitors enjoy leisurely walking along the Salthill Prom, a seaside walkway along the harbor. It is a favorite spot for picnics, dog walking, people watching, and festivals.
Galway has attracted people to its charming shores for over a thousand years. Throughout the ages, writers have written stories, poems, and songs about it. Even today, the city is filled with people that seem to love and enjoy life. Voted as one of the top 10 European cities, Galway is a city that feels like a long lost friend.
If you ever go across the sea to Ireland
Then maybe at the closing of your day
You will go and see the moon rise over Claddagh
Or see the sun go down at Galway Bay.
Tip: There are several days trips that leave from Galway to choose from including tours to the Aran Islands and Inis Mor.
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