Ireland, Galway Guide (B): Galway: Probably the Coolest City in Ireland

Galway: Probably the Coolest City in Ireland
Arrival to Galway began in a fledgling left turn, to a one way, only to be caught in traffic until reaching the docks, and at last, a means to park. By foot, is the ideal way to discover Galway’s angled streets and cobblestone thoroughfares. We arrived in a bath of sunlight and temperatures higher than Ireland’s inland. Galway’s landscape is rugged, a beautiful green and sandy coastline on the edge of Galway Bay. River Corrib runs through the city into Galway Bay, crossed easily by pedestrian bridges.

A cyclist rides along Galway’s coastline

The city is small enough to be walkable, yet robust with activity. Settlements date back to the Middle Ages when the port city thrived as an international trade center. A reminder of this is the Spanish Arch constructed in 1519, set at the city’s edge near the docks. Centuries destined Galway, like much of Ireland, to famine, war, and siege, but today it is a vibrant cultural center. Many of its buildings are medieval, windswept exteriors that appear unkempt, but the through the doors are world-class, foodie and design destinations, at once edgy and understated.

A street in Galway

The Wild Atlantic Way permeates with the Irish language. And here in Galway, the “redhead” stereotype of Irish people holds truer than anywhere else along our traverse of the Emerald Isle. In summer, Galway’s boatyards become active and the white sand beaches just beyond the town center are accessible by bike paths and lure swimmers ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Galway: Probably the Coolest City in Ireland
Guide Location: Ireland » Galway
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Eyre Square   St. Nicholas’ Collegiate Church   Sheridans Cheesemongers   Coffeewerk + Press   Bridge Street   Aniar   Loam   Tartare   Ard Bia at Nimmos   Tribeton   Nun’s Island Theatre  
Author: Dakota Arkin
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