A town of medieval arches, alleyways, labyrinthine cobblestone lanes, colorful shop facades and busy café/ bar culture, all surrounded by more modern suburbs, central Galway is best explored on foot . Along with being a popular seaside destination with beautiful beaches and long winding promenade, it also has a buzzing cosmopolitan city center.
The city`s hub is busy Eyre Square, which is a few minutes` walk from everywhere. The charming medieval quarter offers tiny art galleries and coffee shops. The pedestrian shopping area south of Eyre Square, is a pleasant place to stroll around. At the south end of the pedestrian mall, is the Spanish Arch, one of the few remaining parts of the town`s ancient defenses. The park adjacent to the arch is a popular place to sit and relax, while watching the Corrib flow out into Galway Bay. The Promenade in Salthill, is a fantastic place to people watch on rare warm, sunny days. People walk and rollerblade along the prom and kids and adults alike jump off the concrete diving board into the frigid Atlantic Ocean. Head to the Medieval Quarter or down near the quays for the oldest, less touristy pubs. Most nightclubs in the city are virtually empty until the pubs close at 11pm, and the best are in the suburb of Salthill.
Galway is the ideal base for trips throughout western Ireland. The Burren and the Cliffs of Moher, and of Connemara are nearby. Driving up the spectacular Galway Bay coast is breathtaking, with the Aran Islands in soft focus and the heather-covered foothills of Connemara beside you. Departing Galway City, and once pass Spiddal, is a gateway into Ireland`s wild west, a land strikingly remote, melancholy, and moody.