A tribal treat in eclectic Galway

Spanish Arch, Galway
My girlfriend and I are hoping to go to Galway for a three-day break towards the end of the summer. We have heard great things about the city but neither of us has been. What do you recommend we see and do to get the most out of our trip?

My girlfriend and I are hoping to go to Galway for a three-day break towards the end of the summer. We have heard great things about the city but neither of us has been. What do you recommend we see and do to get the most out of our trip?

Galway is a fantastic city for couples with so much to see and do. An eclectic, multicultural hub, and one of the west’s most interesting places, Galway city offers the perfect mix of historical architectural beauty along with the hustle and bustle of modern city life to give you a truly unforgettable experience.

A walk around this city never fails to impress and there are some must-see landmarks along the way. Eyre Square is the indisputable focal point of the city and the ideal starting point to get a feel for the place. Some of the stonework around the city is fantastic – be sure to check out the Spanish Arch, which forms part of the original city walls. Galway Cathedral and the nearby Salmon Weir Bridge should also feature on your list.

If sightseeing is not your thing and you prefer something a little more adventurous, Galway does not disappoint on this front either. Brave the cold of the Atlantic for surf lessons at a number of nearby locations and if the sun is shining, the clear waters of Galway Bay offer fantastic diving and kayaking.

There is another way to see the best of local and international marine life without getting your hair wet – a trip to Galway’s aquarium Atlantaquaria. With entertainment for all ages this really is a great day out at a reasonable price.

No trip to Galway would be complete without a trip to the vibrant Latin Quarter. Lined with some of the country’s best traditional pubs, restaurants, shops and buskers, it is one of the liveliest parts of town.

If you are looking for somewhere to eat, then the pubs and eateries around Quay Street house some of the best local catch brought up the road from the harbour. It would almost be unfair to try to pick places to eat with so much to cater for every taste, but just to help point you in the right direction, the best seafood and pub-grub around can certainly be found at places like The Malt House Restaurant on Main Street and Busker Browne’s Bar on Cross Street.

For some deli treats or afternoon tea, head to Goya’s on Kirwan’s Lane near the bottom of Shop Street for an impressive selection of cakes, pastries and quiches. The black forest gateau comes highly recommended!

A 15-minute drive from Galway city, you’ll find Barna home to some of Ireland’s finest seafood with stunning beaches to boot. Local pub-grub here is spectacular and there is plenty of choice on offer. Donnelly’s and O’Grady’s are both excellent for lunch and if the weather is nice you can sit outside and eat lunch overlooking the pier. Walk off your meal and work up an appetite for the next meal on Silver Strand beach nearby.

Galway city is now world-renowned for its thriving, enjoyable and inclusive nightlife that offers everything from traditional pubs and music sessions to nightclubs, jazz and dance halls. If you fancy a night on the tiles then I would definitely recommend The Front Door, The Kings Head Pub and the all-night music sessions at Tigh Coili.

Where to stay:

The Western Hotel (***)

Lowest prices from €120 per room per night on Hotels.com

*Prices are subject to availability at the time of booking

Located just five minutes from Eyre Square, as well as the nearby Spanish Arch and Galway Cathedral, The Western Hotel is a great base for any visit to Galway City. The hotel is also known for its friendly staff and great service that also includes a complimentary breakfast, and a restaurant and bar/lounge area to make for a more manageable night in if sought.

Pillo Hotel & Spa (****)

Lowest prices from €79 per room per night on Hotels.com

*Prices are subject to availability at the time of booking

Pillo Hotel & Spa is not only one of the best priced hotels in Galway city, but also one of the highest rated which means that it is a great place to leave your bags as you enjoy the best that the nearby landmarks have to offer. The hotel also offers complimentary parking facilities and a full health service spa and gym facility, ensuring a relaxing stay.

Eyre Square Hotel (***)

Lowest prices from €99 per room per night on Hotels.com

*Prices are subject to availability at the time of booking

Located right in the heart of the action, Eyre Square Hotel will put you within walking distance of almost anything you will want to see or do and will also reduce the need for any transport costs to get back to your bed at night. The hotel itself is also offers its own bar/lounge and restaurant.

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