County Galway, Ireland, located in the middle of the west coast of the Republic of Ireland, is the second-largest county in the country, with a population of more than two hundred fifty thousand. County Galway holds a wide number of festivals, amazing landscapes, rich history, and it is full of traditional pubs. Finding accommodation in County Galway is quite easy, considering that there are more than twenty-five County Galway, Ireland hostels in the area.
Considering its shape and position, County Galway is easy to divide in three main areas -- the north part as Connemara and offshore islands, the center as Galway city area, and the southeast part.
In the north part you can find Connemara National Park, where you can visit the Kylemore Abbey and the Victorian Walled Garden, and take a stroll on the Diamond Hill walking trail. Also in Clifden town, you can walk or ride a bicycle around the Sky Road and join the Clifden Pony Show. While visiting one of the offshore islands such as Ceantar na Noilean, Inisbofin, or the Aran Islands, you can wander in mazes of stoned-wall laneways, cycle around to observe the nature and fauna, or visit the cliffs' edge. It is a great experience to visit any of the local pubs in Connemara or on the islands, where you can hear the lyrical Irish language form conversations, and listen traditional Irish music played live in the pub.
The Galway city area has a population of approximately seventy-six thousand, and there are plenty of County Galway, Ireland hostels in the city center, with a perfect location to explore the Medieval streets with brightly painted shops. In the center of the city, it's possible to appreciate the buildings such as Lynch’s Castle, St. Nicholas Church, and the Spanish Arch (the iconic building in the city). The surrounding streets are filled with souvenir, craft, book, and vintage shops as well as County Galway, Ireland hostels on Shop Street (the main pedestrian area) and you can find restaurants and the most iconic pubs of the city here as well. It is possible to take a walk along the promenade to Salthill and enjoy the views of Galway Bay and the hills of Clare. It is a great option to join the festivals that take place in the city, such as the Galway International Arts Festival, Galway Film Fleadh, Galway Races, and obviously St. Patrick's Day.
Galway southeast is the area where you can find Athenry, a Medieval town famous for the song “The Field of Athenry;” Ballinasloe town, which in October hosts the oldest European horse fair; Kinvara Village, on Galway Bay, which was made famous by Dunguaire Castle; and Gort town, which has a strong connection with the literary works of William Butler Yeats and Lady Gregory.
County Galway is without a doubt the best area to find a County Galway, Ireland hostel to visit and enjoy the traditional and real Irish culture.
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