The past lingers in the air here too. Traces of old Galway, including the city walls and the distinctive Spanish Arch, give the city an ancient atmosphere. Follow the salty air that breezes through the winding lanes to traditional shops and pavement cafés. Shaped by its status as an important seaport, you’ll find plenty of seafood on the menus.
Steeped in history, for sure, but the city buzzes with a contemporary and cultured vibe as students make up a quarter of the population. Its energy and creativity have seen it designated the European Capital City of Culture for 2020.
Listen to the babble of languages and you’ll soon appreciate the diversity of cultures found in Galway, a place that is also known as “City of Equals” for its promotion of respect and understanding. At times, Galway feels like the ultimate modern bohemian metropolis, but beneath the surface beats a heart that is deeply traditional. Heavy-knit Aran jumpers crowd the souvenir shops; Claddagh rings twinkle in the windows of jewelers; traditional music sets pubs alight in the evenings, and the county is home to the largest Irish-speaking population on the island.
If you want to immerse yourself in the lively side of Irish culture – Galway city is the place to do it. Galwegians revel in enjoying themselves. Right in the middle of the Wild Atlantic Way, the city has a reputation for artistic creativity and an infectious up-tempo vibe that’s played out in a full calendar of festivals and events. From music and horseracing to literature and oysters – Galway knows how to celebrate.
Throughout the year there’s a party atmosphere that gives this place a special edge. It’s no wonder people pour into the hopping bars, traditional pubs, and fantastic restaurants every weekend.
The Tripadvisor logo below will take you to the Galway page that is packed with specifics. We also advise checking out this ‘Top 10 of Galway’ article on lonely planet. Find that here. If you have time, please do sit and eat in Ard Bia which is right beside the Spanish Arch – the food is exceptional!
All the best,
Stuart & Thomas