Galway, Ireland, is a medieval town situated on the scenic route of the Wild Atlantic Way on the west coast of Ireland.
Galway is also known as “City of Tribes” because of the fourteen merchant families known as the “tribes of Galway” dating back to the early 13th century. The most prominent family was the Lynch family. The Lynch castle is still standing today and is now used as a bank.
This area of Galway is known as The Latin Quarter. Brightly colored shops, pubs, and restaurants line the cobblestone roads. We spent three days in Galway and really fell in love with this city.
Music is such a massive part of the Irish culture; it is not surprising that there are street entertainers everywhere.
If you like to enjoy a pint or two, there are no shortages of pubs to choose from. We definitely enjoyed a few while we were there.
In the heart of Galway is a popular park known as Eyre Square, also known as John F Kennedy Memorial Park. A great spot to sit and relax on a beautiful day. I know Ireland is known for raining a lot, but other than our first day in Galway, we hardly had any rain at all in the two weeks we were there.
After a lot of sightseeing, we were starting to get a little hungry, so we decided to stop into the pub An Púcán. Ireland is well known for having an abundance of amazing, fresh seafood, so we decided on the fresh oysters and calamari, along with a cold beer. In my opinion, fresh seafood and a cold beer are a match made in heaven. This is what vacation is all about!
We enjoyed our visit to An Púcán so much we decided to return the following evening. They had a fantastic band playing live music, and we had so much “craic” (the Irish word for “fun”).
The Cliffs of Moher
We were sad to leave Galway but excited to finally get to see the Cliffs of Moher. We got to cross off a few things on our bucket list on this trip. The Cliffs of Moher is an absolute “must-see.” The day we went was extremely windy, in fact, it was so windy that it was actually closed due to power outages in the area, and we were told to go “at your own risk.” Well, we had gone all the way out there, we couldn’t just turn around without seeing this majestic landscape. The wind was absolutely insane! I have never experienced anything like that. It was so windy we were actually having great difficulty walking, and at one point, I almost fell over. We were just hanging onto each other for dear life! It wasn’t as scary as it sounds because there is a barrier going around the edge to prevent people from blowing off the cliffs. The sheer beauty of the cliffs, as well as that crazy wind, is a memory I will have forever.