Last Updated on August 19, 2023
By Jim Ferri
Its Old City is chockablock with pubs, shops, cheese-mongers and restaurants, and everything else any good Irish town should flaunt. Its weaving cobbled lanes are a riot of reds, yellows, blues, and greens that run on forever. And it retains a bohemian flavor, thanks to its youngish population.
For many who visit Ireland, the Galway area is the pot of gold at the end of the Gaelic rainbow.
There’s no denying that its Irishness makes the town incredibly charming. In fact, you’ll find many things to do in and around Galway. And when you walk about it, you get a sense you’ve peeked behind the curtain, since many old traditions continue to survive in the area, even as they slowly ebb elsewhere.
Galway has also become a foodie’s city and was once designated as the European Region of Gastronomy. So, if you love seafood, you’ll likely also enjoy the Galway Oyster and Seafood Festival held every September.
More than in the rest of the country, traditional Gaelic is still spoken among friends in Galway, reinforcing its feel as the most Irish town in Ireland. And traditional music wafts along its cobbled ways by day and from its many crowded pubs in the evening. You can’t help but notice Galway’s vast wealth of street musicians, another tradition, with more here than in other cities.
Galway remains one of the liveliest places in Ireland and is a great place to enjoy traditional Irish culture. It’s undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in Ireland.
If you go to Ireland, be sure to put Galway on your list and plan to spend more than an overnight in this exciting, beautiful town.