If you’re plotting an escape in the new year, the National Geographic’s Best Trips 2019 has ample inspiration. And Galway joins the likes of Mexico City and Belize as one of “the world’s most exciting destinations for the year ahead”.
Anyone who’s been to the west coast Irish city will be familiar with its charms – from the great social scene to the history, and the wild beauty of Connemara on the doorstep. There are exciting times ahead though and Galway gets the nod from the renowned travel magazine, for having a bit of a moment right now.
Named as a 2018 European Region of Gastronomy, Galway will be the European Capital of Culture in 2020. As National Geographic notes, there will be a host of projects and popups across the city next year in preparation for Galway 2020.
“Ireland’s fourth largest city (population 80,000) is gearing up for the next big thing: Galway 2020, European Capital of Culture. Throughout 2019, new community heritage and arts projects, such as pop-up culture cafés and funambulism (tightrope walking) workshops, will be rolling out in conventional and unexpected venues (beaches, fields, remote villages, and rivers) across Galway city and county.”
The city's renowned food scene also got a mention as a key reason why it's worth your time. There is of course the famed oysters (pint of Guinness optional) and Galway's restaurant scenes has some world class gems.
Well-known stars such as Loam have been joined by impressive new kids on the block, like Tartare on Lower Dominic Street, making the city a true foodie's paradise too.