It’s no secret that I love to travel, like so many others I love discovering new cities and countries but sometimes it’s easy to take our hometown for granted. Now that I’m back in Galway for the holidays I have noticed so many tourists and I started to ask myself what draws them here? Why do they choose to visit this small city in the west of Ireland? It didn’t take long to draw up a list of reasons, it’s a beautiful city and has lots to offer.
If you’re Irish and looking for a weekend away or from further afield and planning a getaway I couldn’t recommend Galway more.
If you choose to come make sure to include:
There’s something magical about Salthill promenade, it’s one of my favourite places in the world. Although I have visited amazing beaches including the Copacabana in Rio, nothing beats here. We may not always get the weather to sun ourselves on the sandy beaches lining Galway Bay but you can walk the prom in all weather. From dedicated daily walkers to kids on rollerblades on sunny days and stormy days the prom is always busy.
Make sure to kick the wall at the end of the prom, it’s tradition that every Galway person follows!
- The city centre
Galway city is full of pretty streets and is always lively and full of atmosphere. Start in the Claddagh and feed the swans – legend says that if all the swans disappear from the Claddagh the world is coming to an end.
The Claddagh looks over onto the long walk a row of colourful houses which are an iconic image of Galway.
From the Claddagh head into the centre. In the summer the Spanish Arch is full with people sitting by the river enjoying the sun and on any warm summer night this place will be packed! One of the first streets on from here is Quay Street, packed full of restaurants and bars its the perfect place for an evening out.
Quay Street kitchen does the best Haloumi burgers and is great for vegetarians and meat eaters alike. Il Folletto is an Italian restaurant which I would highly recommend. If you’re looking for traditional fish and chips McDonaghs is the best in Galway. These are just 3 suggestions but this street has so many options you’ll be spoilt for choice.
At the end of Quay Street pop into Tigh Naughtons for a pint, this is a true Irish pub!
Walking up middle Street to shop Street you’ll find many more pubs and buskers, the atmosphere created by the mix of singers, dancers and performers is what makes Galway special.
- The West End
Galway West end is an up and coming area, it’s the slightly cooler alternative part of town. If you’re looking for a good restaurant come here. Kai is a good option for someone who appreciates their food. Rouge a French restaurant which specialises in steak is perfect if like me you love all things French. For Brunch make sure to check out Dela, they serve brunch every morning and it’s one of the best I’ve had!
To get a real Irish experience De Bruns is another real authentic pub.
Galway is a fab place for good food and a great atmosphere. The people make the city. We might not get the best weather but we have a lot to offer. If you’re thinking of visiting and want to know anything more feel free to get in contact, this is only some of what galway offers. I’ll make sure to do some more posts so that anyone thinking of visiting will have a comprehensive guide.
For more check out my travel vlog from my trip home at Easter https://youtu.be/Xk_8ond4poc