Treat yourself to a ferry holiday to Galway. With its cool bohemian vibe that stems from an age-old heritage of artistic culture, Galway still prides itself as a centre for arts, music, theatre and film. Brimming with traditional theatres staging classical plays and atmospheric pubs hosting live music every night of the week this vibrant city is one of the highlights of cultural Ireland.
Its prime location on the cusp of the enigmatic Galway Bay, its quaint medieval streets and lively markets are a pleasure to explore any time of year, and in spite of its reputation as one of the wettest destinations in Europe, the rain does not dampen the spirits of the amusing locals who joke, ´It´s not forecast for rain until tomorrow.´ Though you do get the odd sunny spell, don´t forget your umbrellas and waterproofs.
Steeped in history, the ´most Irish city in Ireland,´ is clinging firmly to its roots and is one of the few places you will still hear Gaelic spoken in bars and cafes. Be sure to visit the most famous of its landmarks, the controversial Eyre Square, a rejuvenated area of the city that raised eyebrows with locals due to the extortionate price tag it cost to development it, though no one can argue the charming quality of its architecture and the lively bustle of its vibrant atmosphere is a pleasure to spend some time in.
The Spanish Arch which was once a major maritime trading point is still a massive draw for visitors as is the Salt Hill Promenade with its spectacular sea views. Don´t be surprised to see locals kicking the wall at the Blackrock end; it´s a custom that signifies the beginning of the return journey and marks the mid-way point.
Among the remains of the ancient town walls are quaint shops selling Aran sweaters, handicraft Claddagh rings and stacks of second-hand books. Join the throngs of shoppers as they take a break from the sales to enjoy one of the many street performers playing fiddles and banjo´s or wowing the crowds with flaming jugglers, magic tricks and puppet shows.
And it´s the legendary entertainment scene that visitors most remember about Galway with its eclectic mix of bustling bars staging live music, and bohemian theatres staging a variety of performances, not to mention the many festivals that are staged here throughout the year. It´s little wonder that visitors rave about Galway and label it the liveliest city outside Dublin, but with a more relaxed and laid back atmosphere.
Ferries to Galway
With it’s position on the western side of Ireland there is no direct ferry from the UK to Galway. Though you need not worry as there is ten ferry options from mainland UK to Ireland, leaving just a few hours drive to Galway.