On the shores of the west of Ireland, along the banks of the River Corrib, is the medieval city of Galway (Gaillimh). Small and intimate, this city offers tourists a taste of the delights which Ireland is well known. The arts scene and music is unparalleled in the country. Festivals are held throughout the year and contribute to the bohemian atmosphere of the region.
1. Eyre Square
From a visit to the historic Galway Eyre Square is perfectly logical because it represents one of the most important gathering places since medieval times. Also known as the John F. Kennedy Memorial Park, after the US president of Irish origin, squares links the city center with a popular shopping area. This old house to food markets is a favorite of pedestrians. Public art takes tourists through several important periods of Irish history.
2. Galway Market
For a bit of local flavor and a bit of a bohemian atmosphere, head to the market of Galway, a favorite of tourists and residents for the products, food and crafts. Located on Church Lane by the Saint-Nicolas, centuries old, the bustling place has hundreds of stalls. Often you can have the chance to taste the delicious seafood Galway. food vendors offer a assortment of flavors, and of course there are sweets for all.
3. St. Nicholas’ Church
Next to the market of Galway, you will find the Anglican / Episcopal St. Nicolas. It was built in the 14th century and, although much changed over the centuries later, retained the appearance of a medieval parish church. Where can you find a church dedicated to Saint Nicolas of Myra (Santa), patron saint of children and sailors? Attend a service will transport you to the old spirit.
4. Galway Cathedral
Located steps eight minutes from the St. Nicolas church takes visitors to Galway Cathedral overlooking the river Corrib. This is a beautiful site at night. Along the way, literature lovers may want to make a stop at the small museum in Ireland, Nora Barnacle House (Nora was the wife of James Joyce).
Built in 1950, the cathedral was and is the youngest of the great stone cathedrals of Europe. It was designed by J. J. Robinson in a mixture of styles; Renaissance elements are mixed with Romanesque and Gothic characteristics. The cathedral also displays a superb collection of art, including a large mosaic of Crucifixion by Patrick Pollen, beautiful windows of pink, and a statue of the Virgin by Imogen Stuart.
5. The Corrib Princess
One of the main Galway activities for tourists is a relaxing cruise along the River Corrib and Lake aboard the Princess Corrib. The 90 minute ride gives a panoramic overview of the area and panoramic windows for all the great for exploring the sights.
Three bridges span the river. The further upstream, built in 1818, is the Salmon Weir Bridge, where in the spring, you can see hundreds of salmon make their way up the river to the vast expanse of Lough Corrib. O’Brien bridge in the middle is the oldest and dates from 1342. The Claddagh bridge (swing bridge), at the southern end of the city, takes an old fisherman neighborhoods name and guild on the right bank, an area now given way to modern buildings.