Visit Galway: A Perfect 3 Day Itinerary

Wondering what to do in Ireland to fully understand and enjoy Irish culture? A weekend in Galway promises an enchanting blend of culture, cuisine, and coastal beauty. Meandering through its streets, you’re transported into a world of artistic fervour and animated traditions, immersing yourself in the city’s vibrant pulse. Indulge in a culinary journey that spans from cherished Irish classics to contemporary epicurean pleasures, each bite reflecting the city’s diverse flavours. 

Day 1: Exploring Galway’s Charms

After a hearty breakfast at Leonardo Hotel Galway, start your Galway holiday with a stroll along the charming Shop Street, lined with colourful storefronts, boutiques, and street performers. 

Later, immerse yourself in history at the Galway City Museum, where exhibits showcase the city’s maritime heritage, mediaeval past, and artistic endeavours.

For lunch, we recommend a traditional fish and chips lunch. The most famous spot is for sure McDonagh’s, a local institution known for its delicious seafood.

In the afternoon, wander to the Eyre Square, a central park surrounded by shops and restaurants, where you can also see the John F. Kennedy memorial. Explore the Spanish Arch, an iconic landmark, part of the city’s mediaeval fortifications. As you walk beneath its arches, you’re transported back in time, connecting with Galway’s past while enjoying the vibrant energy of the present.

Next, visit the Claddagh District. It’s a charming neighbourhood in Galway that exudes a sense of history and maritime charm. Known for its iconic Claddagh Ring and its close proximity to the waterfront, this district offers a glimpse into Galway’s past while providing picturesque views of the sea.

Before getting ready for dinner, take a leisurely stroll along the Salthill Promenade, enjoy the sea breeze, and perhaps try an Irish coffee at O’Connor’s Pub.

At dinnertime, go for a scrumptious meal with a modern twist on traditional Irish dishes, especially one with the views of the River Corrib as you dine. In the evening, experience Galway’s lively nightlife at its best. Choose from the plethora of traditional pubs offering live music sessions, for an authentic Irish music experience.

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Day 2: Coastal Beauty and Cultural Delights

On the second day of your Irish exploration, depart for a trip to the Aran Islands. A short ferry ride away, these islands are a haven of rugged landscapes, ancient sites, and traditional Irish heritage. As you sail across the Atlantic, the anticipation builds, and upon arrival, you’re welcomed by breathtaking cliffs, rolling hills, and the warmth of local hospitality. Explore ancient ruins that whisper tales of centuries past, cycle along winding roads that reveal stunning vistas, and immerse yourself in the Gaelic culture that thrives here. From the iconic Dun Aengus fort perched on dramatic cliffs to the intricate patterns of traditional Aran sweaters, every facet of the Aran Islands invites you to delve into an authentic Irish experience. To enjoy a seafood lunch at a charming restaurant is a must.before heading back to Galway in the late afternoon.

We suggest spending your evening in the vibrant Latin Quarter, filled with lively pubs, restaurants, and street entertainment. There, you can choose from the diverse dining options in the area, whether you’re craving traditional Irish cuisine or international flavours

Day 3: Coastal Escapes and Cliffs of Moher

Get ready for a day trip to remember. Book a day trip to the Cliffs of Moher, a dramatic coastline about 1.5 hours from Galway. It is the perfect spot to take in the awe-inspiring views and capture breathtaking photos. After, head to the nearby village of  Doolin for lunch, known for its traditional music scene.

On the way back, visit the Burren National Park, an otherworldly landscape of unique flora and limestone, also discussed in the post here.

Return to Galway and relax after your day trip. For your final evening, treat yourself to a gourmet dinner with lobsters in a fine dining restaurant. Spend your last evening at the King´s Head, a historic pub with a legacy dating back to the 13th century, unquestionably among Galway’s finest pubs!

And our extra tip to make the most out of your stay: Book Leonardo Hotel Galway for a pleasant accommodation with all the modern Irish feels. Enjoy your time in this charming Irish city!
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