Visiting Galway

What to see and do in the city of Galway, Ireland

The Spanish Arch is one of Galway's most famous landmarks, and has become synonymous with the city of Galway. Situated in the south part of the pedestrian shopping mall of Eyre Square, the Arch is a reminder of the troubled history of this town. The town’s ancient defense system symbolized by the Arch has an adjacent park that is a popular place to rest and relax while watching the Galway Bay and the Corrib Flow streaming into the ocean. If you feel like taking a dip in the Atlantic Ocean then you should check out the concrete diving boards at Promenade in Salthill. Back in the 16th century, the Arch was an addition to the town of Galway that had the main role of protecting merchant ships from looting. At that point in time, the extra town walls’ protection was called Head of the Wall or Ceann an Bhalla. Nowadays, it also stands as a reference to the close relationship of Galway with the merchants of Spain. The construction of the fortifications began in the 13th century and by the time the Normans built the Arch the town was fully protected by a thick layer of impenetrable walls. Even though it is usually included in the tour of the West Ireland, Galway is a small town that is worth a visit itself.

Getting to Galway

Galway City is in the county of the same name - County Galway, in the west of Ireland.

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