Start your Galway adventure in the cultural heart of the city, The Latin Quarter. This area is defined by some of the city’s most historic landmarks and stretches from the Spanish Arch at Long Walk to O’Brien’s Bridge to St Nicholas’ Church and back (via Buttermilk Lane) to An Taibhdhearc on Middle Street.
While the history is plentiful, it’s usually the atmosphere that attracts tourists and Galwegians to these cobbled streets. The Latin Quarter is home to the city’s most popular bars, restaurants, retailers and places to stay. Visit some of the unique boutiques, gaze in wonder at the fabulous street performers or grab a pint of Guinness and just watch the world go by.
This year, the area is welcoming holidaymakers with flags and bunting from each county. From Cork to Antrim, Donegal to Waterford, the 32 counties are all represented so you’re sure to feel right at home.
Just up from the Latin Quarter you’ll find Eyre Square. This imposing public space was originally a town green but in the 2000s, it was revamped to become a modern plaza. It’s a lovely place to spend a sunny afternoon. Don’t forget to check out the wonderful artwork such as the Quincentennial Fountain.
If you’re looking to try some local fare then you need to head to the weekend market in the shadow of St. Nicholas’ medieval church. The market is full of colour and wonderful characters. It’s got a great selection of local cheeses and charcuterie, as well as curries, sushi and Mediterranean favourites. Bring a bag to carry all your picnic supplies.
Take your delicious treats down to the Salthill promenade. Galway is a unique city as it’s based right on the Atlantic Ocean. On a sunny day, it’s the perfect place to relax, go for a walk, or maybe even swim if you’re feeling brave.