For a truly unique holiday, try Galway, Ireland for your next vacation. It will prove to be a special time that the whole family will enjoy and have you returning to. Ireland is becoming more and more popular as a vacation spot, and Galway is one of the reasons why.
The island of Ireland is approximately the same size as England or Scotland, and it sits directly to the west of them, with the Irish Sea separating England/Scotland from Ireland. The Atlantic Ocean borders Ireland on the other side and this is where Galway County is – right in the middle of the country surrounded by Galway Bay. Actually Galway City is directly across the island from Dublin, the capital of Ireland. This makes an easy access for tourists in Galway City, to take a short ride over to Dublin for the day, or the evening, or whatever!
While staying in the coastal town of Galway City, a Bed and Breakfast close to the shore might be your best bet. Even though this area is becoming more popular these days, there is still a friendly and convivial atmosphere. If you are not from this area – the accent alone says “friendly” to most vacationers! But first, get situated in one of the several quaint Bed and Breakfasts there or within the county, and then you will be free to explore and enjoy on your own.
The beach of Galway is a great place to relax and let the kids enjoy the sun, water and sand. When they are on vacation all they want to do is have fun! There are walking and biking trails all through the county and along the coast, if you can keep up with them! When everyone decides they are hungry, kids are welcome in most restaurants and pubs, and there are plenty to choose from. By this time, you might enjoy a cold mug of ale, at a relaxing outdoor pub. The Irish like the out of doors, and you will find plenty to do as you tour around the area.
Often there are festivals taking place in the parks and down by Galway Bay. The festivals range in attractions from Art festivals, or Arts and Crafts to simply celebrating the season. Check out the Internet and you can find when these are and put them on your “to-do” list. If you want to investigate the culture side, The Galway Museum will allow you that, but it is mostly a Folk Museum for the surrounding counties. If you really want to make a day of history and art museum hunting, you’ll have to venture to Dublin, the capital of Ireland. Dublin is just a two-hour drive directly across from Galway. And there are also plenty of theaters of stage productions, or you can stay right in Galway and watch one of four movie theaters that are in the county.
Galway is the get-a-way that will be fun for the whole family, or just the two of you who need to get away from it all. Great food and drink, a lovely landscape, friendly folks and plenty to do when you want to sight see! Sounds like a Great way to go!
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