Galway has been named as one of the top 15 ‘must-visit’ destinations for 2020 by a leading travel magazine.
Condé Nast Traveller specialises in the luxurious high-end side of holidaying and a recommendation from the magazine can go a long way.
While the magazine often focuses on venues such a top of the range hotels and restaurants, it also casts its eyes over entire cities and countries.
With that in mind Condé Nast Traveller has released its top 15 holiday destinations for 2020.
Galway was Ireland’s only entry in the top 15, finishing in 14th place.
The city, on the West Coast of Ireland, is set to be crowned European Capital of Culture for 2020, so it would be a great time to visit with events taking place throughout the year.
Having said that, there is never a bad time to visit Galway.
Condé Nast Traveller said: “Next year, Ireland’s effervescent west-coast city will throw its arms open wide to the world as it becomes the 2020 European Capital of Culture.
“With its glut of traditional pubs spilling out jaunty bodhrán and fiddle music, the bohemian city has spent 2019 testing new community heritage and arts projects, such as pop-up culture cafés and funambulism (tightrope-walking) workshops.
“But the best is yet to come in 2020, with some terrific events being rolled out across Galway’s pubs, hubs and beaches, including new artworks by David Best (of Burning Man fame) and a series of intimate readings of Homer’s Odyssey (using Emily Wilson’s English translation, the first by a woman) on Galway’s blustery beaches.
“Margaret Atwood will also take part in the city’s International Women’s Day celebrations in March.
“Galway’s designation as a 2018 European Region of Gastronomy has already cemented it as a fizzing foodie hub.
“And in nearby Burren, an hour away from the city, a raft of local producers are really bolstering Galway’s gourmet credentials, with a focus on fish-smoking, cheese-making and small-batch brewing (and look out for Burren wildflower honey at Galway’s Saturday market, too).
“Unsurprisingly, the city – which is also a mid-point stop along the glorious 1550-mile Wild Atlantic Way driving route – will welcome a clutch of new hotel openings in 2020.”
Top 15 must visit destinations for 2020
1 – Panama
2 – Lebanon
3 – Frisian Islands, Denmark
4 – Qingdao, China
5 – Pakistan
6 – Portland, USA
7 – Dakar, Senegal
8 – Plymouth, UK
9 – Salvador, Brazil
10 – Paris, France
11 – Egadi Islands, Sicily
12 – Siargao, Philippines
13 – Kyoto, Japan
14 – Galway, Ireland
15 – Kangaroo Island, Australia
For more information visit Condé Nast Traveller.
Written by Michael Kehoe @michaelcalling