Galway named as one of the ‘best trips’ in the world by top American travel magazine

Galway at night

Galway has been named as one of the ‘best trips’ in the world by one of the most respected travel magazines in the US.

National Geographic Traveler created a list of 28 places for readers to visit, which were split into four categories.

Galway featured on the magazine’s ‘Culture’ section of the list. That will come as no surprise to anyone who has stayed there.

Galway at night

It is a beautiful city with plenty cafes, bars, shops and live music along the famous Quay Street.

Galway is also host to one of Ireland’s biggest annual art festivals and known for the iconic fishing boats, the Galway Hookers.

There are plenty of beauty spots in and around the city including Galway Bay, The Salthill Promenade and Connemara National Park.

It is only a short boat ride away from the rugged Aran Islands, which have plenty of history themselves.

National Geographic Traveler said: “Galway may sit at the far western edge of Europe, but lately the “City of Tribes” has been the centre of attention.”

National Geographic Traveler editor in chief George Stone said: “Our Best Trips issue features 28 destinations and experiences that can inspire us, change our perspectives and connect us with cultures, places and ideas that matter in the world.”

It isn’t the first time Galway has received accolades as a great place to visit. The Irish public voted it as Ireland’s most romantic city in 2015.

It has also been named as the European Capital of Culture 2020.

National Geographic’s Best Trips 2019

  1. Cities
  • Dakar, Senegal
  • Salvador, Brazil
  • Kansas City, Missouri
  • Toronto, Canada
  • Matera, Italy
  • Perth, Australia
  • Mexico City, Mexico


  1. Nature
  • Peruvian Amazon
  • Montenegro
  • Belize
  • Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique
  • South Walton County, Florida
  • Fanjingshan, China
  • Tahiti, French Polynesia


  1. Culture
  • Cairo, Egypt
  • Hoang Lien Son, Vietnam
  • Galway, Ireland
  • Bauhaus Trail, Germany
  • Oakland, California
  • Vervey, Switzerland
  • Dordogne, France


  • Greenland
  • Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness, New Mexico
  • Isla de los Estados, Argentina
  • Macedonia
  • Canterbury Region, New Zealand
  • Caño Cristales River, Colombia
  • Oman

For more information visit National Geographic Traveler

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