Galway was founded in the 13th century as a medieval Anglo-Norman settlement on the eastern bank of the River Corrib. Today the city, which has a population of about 75,000, is a vibrant, bustling center of the arts and commerce, with a relaxed and intimate atmosphere. Its medieval streets, waterways, music sessions, and other cultural events make Galway one of the most charming cities in Ireland. The Cobblestone streets are lined with restaurants, cafes and pubs which offer a mixture of traditional and current entertainment.
The close proximity of the Connemara Gaeltacht, the country’s largest Irish-speaking community, and the Aran Islands lends a distinctive Gaelic dimension to the cultural life of Galway. The world renowned Druid Theater Company, the Macnas Street Theater Company, and An Taibhdhearc, the National Language Theater, are all located in the city center. The city’s forty-odd annual festivals and celebrations— among them the Cúirt International Festival of Literature, the summer Arts Festival, the Galway Races and the Oyster Festival—are famous throughout Ireland and beyond.
Salthill district of Galway is a traditional seaside resort offering facilities to please both young and old. Salthill’s famous promenade is the perfect place to watch the sun go down on Galway Bay. Galway Bay Sea Apartments’ central location means that everything Salthill has to offer is within 5 to 10 minutes walk. Galway City’s vibrant streets are a short 7 minute drive away from your apartment door. Located on the first floor is a cafe and it is just a 2 minute stroll down the promenade to restaurants and bars.
Bus tours include the most famous landmarks, Kylemore Abbey, the Aran Islands, Connemara and the Cliffs of Moher. For a round or two of golf, try the local Salthill Golf Club, the Barna, or the Oughterard, all within 1.5 miles.
Galway is an excellent place from which to explore the untamed west coast of Ireland, and start an adventure you’ll never want to end. For more information visit the Wild Atlantic Way Website.