Like many of Ireland’s quaint cities, Galway started out as a simple fishing town before slowly morphing into a center of commerce and tourism. Galway became a walled town in the year 1232 after the territory was captured by the Anglo Normans lead by Richard De Burgo, and it’s this that gives it a niche that no other city in Ireland can boast.
This mix of culture, history, working class fishing roots and, of course, some of the finest seafood in the world makes Galway a perfect place for a summer holiday. The Galway Travelodge hotel makes this popular seaside destination -with beautiful beaches and its long winding promenade – an affordable, attractive prospect this summer.
All this means travelers don’t need an excuse to visit Galway, but if they want one anyway, then the Galway Arts Festival – Ireland’s leading arts festival – is a perfect one. First held in 1978, this festival brings together dancing, street performance, music, literary/children’s events and art exhibitions. Walker Evans, David Byrne, Blondie, David Gray, Brodsky String Quartet, Stephen Isserlis and Philip Glass have all recently played, showing the sheer calibre of the artists on show.
While most fishing towns aren’t known for their nightlife, Galway moves to buck that trend. Beforehand, though, travelers are going to want to sample some of Galway’s finest restaurants, and this might be the most difficult choice of all. The Quay Street Kitchen, however, is a great all-rounder, with traditional Irish food, a brilliant wine list and healthier options for those who may have consumed a touch too much Guinness.
Of course, travelers should also get out of the city and explore the beautiful countryside that surrounds the city of Galway, but that goes without saying!