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Insider's Guide to Galway

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One of Ireland’s premier seaside resorts, on the cusp of Galway Bay, Salthill has been drawing in tourists since the early 20th century and remains a hugely popular vacation spot during the summer months. Sandy beaches, surrounded by windswept rocky coastline, are the main attraction at Salthill, but its not just swimming and sunbathing that’s on offer - jet skiing, boating, sail-boarding and sea angling are all popular activities; there’s a dedicated high board diving area; and snorkeling and scuba diving sites abound along the coastline.

The postcard-worthy location is best admired with a stroll along the 2km seafront ‘Prom’ (promenade), a lively walkway crammed with bars, restaurants and hotels, as well as hosting a vibrant nightlife from its many casinos and nightclubs. One of a number of casinos and leisure centers that opened up in the 1970’s, the famous Leisureland complex is still a prime attraction, featuring a summer fairground, swimming pool, mini golf course and concert hall that has hosted acts like U2 and AC/DC over the years.

Once you tire of beach life, there’s plenty of alternatives, too - visit the Galway Atlantaquaria – Ireland’s National Aquarium, home to the world’s only White Skate on public display; enjoy a stroll through nearby Salthill Park or Quincentennial Park; or explore Galway’s myriad of iconic sights, like the immense Cliffs of Moher or the unique landscape of the Burren.

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