Lios Inis Bed and Breakfast Galway City
Famous Market: Trading for centuries in Church Lane in the city centre, behind St. Nicholas Church. Fresh produce and locally produced crafts. Open all day Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Also Christmas Market daily from 14th-24th December.
The Claddagh Ring: For a genuine souvenir of Galway, you cannot beat the Claddagh Ring. A band of gold or silver with a motif of 2 hands clasping a crowned heart. A symbol of friendship, fidelity and love. The name comes from the Claddagh fishing village on the outskirts of medieval Galway. It can be purchased at Claddagh and Celtic Jewellery Company Limited on Quay Street, Galway City.
Coach Trips: A day trip to Connemara with its rugged beauty and breath taking landscape is highly recommended with its superb scenery. The world renowned Cliffs of Moher in County Clare is one of Irelands most popular tourist attractions.
Galway is nicknamed Ireland’s Cultural Heart (Croí Cultúrtha na hÉireann) and is renowned for its vibrant lifestyle and numerous festivals, celebrations and events. Every July, Galway hosts the Galway Arts Festival which is known for it’s famous Macnas Parade.
Major squares in the city include Eyre Square (aka – John F. Kennedy Square), in the centre of the city; and Spanish Parade, next to the Spanish Arch.
A 2008 poll ranked Galway as the 42nd best tourist destination in the world, or 14th in Europe and 2nd in Ireland (behind Dingle). It was ranked ahead of all European capitals except Edinburgh, and many traditional tourist destinations (such as Venice).
From the rugged Twelve Bens mountain range in the north through lake-rich Roundstone Bog to the golden beaches reaching out into the Atlantic Ocean, you’ll know you’re in Connemara by the light that constantly changes the mood and tone of the landscape. Connemara has long been regarded as the real emerald of Ireland.
This natural terrain and unspoilt environment offers the visitor a wonderland of sights, experiences, adventure and activities. The people are warm, friendly and extend a hospitality which is the essence of Ireland.
The beautiful spring flowers, buds on the trees, newborn lambs dancing on the hills and the call of the cuckoo all make Spring time a very special and magical time in Connemara. This is an ideal time to take a break as the countryside is totally renewed. On mellow Autumn days, one can enjoy the Connemara countryside, now clothed in different colours with each passing day. In the evening enjoy lovely warm turf fires after a day spent walking, cycling, painting, shooting, fishing or golfing.
Salthill is a seaside suburb of Galway city in the province of Connacht in Galway City. This Galway suburb attracts many tourists all year-round. There is a 2km long promenade, locally known as the Prom, overlooking Galway Bay with bars, restaurants and bed and breakfasts. Salthill is Galway’s largest and oldest suburb.
Galway Bay is a large bay / sea loch on the west coast of Ireland, between County Galway in the province of Connacht to the north and the Burren in County Clare in the province of Munster to the south. Galway city is located on the northeast side of the bay. It is about 50 kilometres (30 miles) long and from 10 to 30 kilometres (7 to 20 miles) in breadth.
The plot of land that became Eyre Square was officially presented to the city in 1710 by Mayor Edward Eyre, from whom it took its name. In 1965, the square was officially renamed “Kennedy Memorial Park” in honour of US President John F. Kennedy, who visited Galway city shortly before his assassination in 1963. Eyre square received Irish Landscape Institute Design Award in 2007.