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With inspiring scenery and a constant flow of festivals, Galway is perhaps the most exciting town of its size anywhere. Arrive in July to catch two big events, the film and arts festivals (and you can count 20 others across the calendar year). Or give your muscles and mind great workouts when you scuba dive or kayak. You can even view spawning salmon swimming below the streets. Amazingly, townhouses, inns and cheap hotels in Galway are readily available for €40-€50 per night, so you’ll have lots of cash for sightseeing. For great views of Galway Bay, look in the Salthill area or to be in the centre, Eyre Square and the Spanish Arch area are good value. For the cheapest deals, pick a time before or after summer, and let ebookers arrange everything.
Since it’s not a metropolis, you rely on your feet to experience Galway. You can very easily walk to Rusheen Bay to windsurf your way into breathlessness. The moody Gothic castle called Lynch’s and parts of medieval walls still stand in the city centre, close to many hotels in Galway, so you can photograph with ease. The National Aquarium sits nearby on the ocean’s edge, so delight yourself with its sharks and seahorses. It’s also possible to take a bus (about 2 euros) or taxi (no more than 7 euros across town) from Galway hotels, and a rail system goes to nearby towns. Some of the festival sites are over an hour’s travel away. If you like food, catch the oyster festival in September, which is right in town. You’ll easily find inexpensive restaurants serving Irish and other ethnic foods, plus seafood, in the town centre. Of course, you can also eat well in the better Galway hotels. As for nightlife, invigorate yourself in the popular dance bars and great pubs with live, traditional music. After all, this is the cultural soul of Ireland.
With excellent prices year-round, hotels in Galway are as irresistible as this fascinating town. Most tourist sites are conveniently situated, so you will have a full day without going more than a few kilometres. Allow ebookers to introduce you to the wild west of Ireland.