You’re off to Ireland but have no clue where to stay in Galway? Discover the best areas to stay in Galway!
The fourth largest city in Ireland, Galway is a small town located on the west coast of the island. Though the city is home to 79,934 inhabitants, its population swells during the warm season. Filled with all sorts of treasures and charms, Galway is a very young, dynamic city, popular with students and famous for its numerous annual festivals.
Thanks to its thriving economic growth, Galway is considered a “Celtic Tiger” (in reference to Ireland’s similarity to the East Asian Tigers in terms of economic development). Galway is also famous for its festive spirit, its friendly population, and its refined culinary culture. The city center is, as often, the best place to stay in Galway.
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A former fishing district, the Claddagh is the old town of Galway and is one of the most interesting parts to visit. Until the 1950s, the Claddagh was an autonomous community of fishermen, an enclave outside the city walls. Today the neighborhood has retained its authentic atmosphere. The area is also famous for the iconic ring of the same name, comprising two clasped hands holding a crowned heart: a symbol of love, friendship, and loyalty. Centrally located on the seafront, the Claddagh is a residential and therefore rather quiet district. Treat yourself to a walk along the shore of Claude Toft Park in South Park. The Claddagh is a great place to stay in Galway: though there are few hotels, you’ll be better off renting local homestay accommodation anyway. Airbnb is your new best friend!
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This is THE lively part of Galway. Quay Street concentrates most of the city’s available accommodation – from hotels and youth hostels to private apartments – and it is the preferred location of both locals and tourists. In this shopping-friendly and touristic street not far from the Corrib quays, you will be spoilt for choice to find a place to go for a drink (or two): there are pubs and restaurants everywhere! By the way, don’t miss a taste of one of Galway’s famous seafood restaurants!
In the evening, it’s time for the musical instruments to sing out loud. There are numerous concerts in Galway’s many pubs: the opportunity to enjoy Irish music, its Celtic influences and to dance until dawn. If you are looking to stay in Galway in a lively place, full of young people and generally inexpensive, look no further than Quay Street. The other side of the coin is that Quay Street is a touristy area, it is home to a plethora of souvenir shops which are no less than “tourist traps”!
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