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On the Atlantic coast of Ireland, hit by strong gusts of wind and with a blue sky, when of course there is the sun, there is the city of Galway.
Every time I have opportunities, I like to discover new places in the country that has hosted me for a couple of years now. Galway was one of the first stops I made in the tour of Ireland, and I must say that I was very impressed with it in a very positive way.
I went to Galway a couple of times; the first time was an August Bank Holiday while the second time was for Christmas markets. The experience was very different both times because I found three days of full sun that is not too hot but warmed up to the right point to enjoy the day in August. While at Christmas we say it was not one of the best weekends; heavy rains and a lot of wind accompanied almost every day (the wind was so strong that waiting at the traffic light even moved me one step further).
Galway, in my opinion, is very different from other Irish cities that I visited and I loved it for that. The town is formed by the main road that then branches off to the left and right with other more or less large streets until you get to the most medieval part of the city. A beautiful avenue of cobblestones with crafts shops, art, restaurants and street artists that make it very picturesque and beautiful.
Galway is also famous for the many events and festivals they organize throughout the year; the first time I visited the city, its streets were full of food trucks that prepared different types of food and artisans who sell their creations.
How to get to Galway
Galway is the third big city in Ireland and with its, anonymous bay is, in my opinion, the most beautiful city that I visited in Ireland, for now. Getting to Galway, from Dublin, is very simple; the car is the first solution, but where you can not use it, the train from Heuston Station or the bus are an excellent solution as they take you in about 2 h 40 minutes to the city centre.
Best to do
The city itself does not offer many activities to do, and if like me you are not a fan of museums there is not much to visit, but I think it is the streets, the very friendly people and the atmosphere that make Galway a destination not to be missed for a tour in Ireland. It’s especially during the evening when the streets fill up that Galway gives the best of himself. I was impressed as in the streets of the city there were so many street games. I remember one, in particular, there was a man with a bicycle, and you just had to pedal, I thought, piece of cake but no, no one could do a simple pedalling because they could not hold the bike straight.
During the three days on the Atlantic coast, I also decided to make some stops in other places to visit. The first stop was in Kinvara. Kinvara is a small village reachable in about 1 hour by bus from Galway; the town is small with a couple of pubs, a couple of restaurants, a beautiful harbour, a castle open to visitors and sheep. After visiting the castle and taking pictures with the sheep, the best thing was an aperitif looking at the port and the bay with many boats and nature all around.
Another stop were the Mini Cliff.
Last and best stop of all: the Cliff of Moher. I was particularly lucky, I visited the Cliff on a Sunday of sun and 20 degrees, and it is thanks to these weather conditions that the day at the Cliff was beautiful. The Cliff of Moher is a spectacle of nature; these expanses of cliffs plunging into the sea are covered by the emerald green of the Irish grass. You can take a pleasant 8 km walk along the Cliff, observing the nature overlooking the ocean.
You can get to the Cliffs by car, with organized tours or like me with a bus that takes you directly to the parking lot of the Cliff of Moher. The only precaution to take if you want to go by bus is not to take the last bus of the day because you risk being stranded without a way to return. For the rest, enjoy every moment because they are the most famous cliffs for a reason; they are spectacular.
Personally, I do not recommend visiting the Atlantic coast with an organized tour that departs from Dublin. When my parents came to visit me in Ireland I took them to the cliff and we used an organized tour. The one we used wasn’t organized at all well. They had planned too many attractions to show and so the time spent on each place was little, too little to enjoy the landscape at best. Also, to keep the schedule set, the bus driver was very anxious and threatened to leave you on foot even for a minute late. After a while, all passengers began to arrive at least five minutes early at the bus so that the time to visit the coast has become even less.
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