Galway will be in 2020 the European Capital of Culture and is in the meantime the perfect gateway to visit to the west coast of Ireland.
Or one of the most beautiful Irish city which hides well its treasures, to discover then without any delay. A city that has often been highlighted for its pleasant atmosphere and its very hospitable citizens. The name of Galway comes from the river Corrib which crosses it and is at the mouth of it on the Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. A sensational journey combining vertiginous cliffs, lively cities, secret beaches, breathtaking bays and spectacular sceneries. In addition to becoming the European capital of culture in 2020, it was recently voted the most enjoyable city in the world by Travel & Leisure magazine. Galway is known for its cultural richness, bilingual status (Irish and English), bohemian lifestyle and musicality. It is world famous for its horse races and many festivals that attract thousands of people. Like among others the Galway International Art Festival, the Galway races or the Galway International Oysters and Seafood Festival… The city where to feel like in a village, and where tourists and locals meet like neighbors.
The implications and enthusiasm of the inhabitants of Galway allowed them to win the first prize. The consecration was welcomed with joy and celebrated by thousands of people on its cobbled streets by singing the famous song “Galway Girl”. The Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD will be soon in Brussels to congratulate Galway on being selected to host and be European Capital of Culture 2020, along with Rijeka in Croatia. He also noted that one of the aims of the European City of Culture initiative was to bring the people of Europe closer together and improve mutual understanding. Commenting on this designation, Minister Humphreys said: “Hosting the European Capital of Culture presents a unique and important opportunity to showcase a city, bringing with it an unprecedented focus at local, national and international level. It will allow Galway and Ireland as a whole, to put our best cultural foot forward and promote the best of Irish creativity. In 2020, we will celebrate our unique Irish cultural heritage, while also celebrating our European influences.”