Luxury travel magazine names Galway one of the world’s best cities

Galway Christmas market at night

Galway has been named one of the best small cities in the world by a leading travel magazine.

Condé Nast Traveller is the luxury travel magazine that focuses on the finer things in life for its readers.

The upmarket publication named the best cities in the world for 2021 as part of the Readers’ Choice Awards, which involved over 800,000 people filling out a survey about cities they have visited that have captured their imaginations and stuck with them long after they had left.

Ireland’s Galway finished an impressive ninth on the list of best small cities, with the magazine praising the city for its history, creativity, food scene as well as its proximity to major attractions.

It is in the middle of the Wild Atlantic Way, within driving distance of the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren and Croagh Patrick , as well as being just a short boat ride from the famous Aran Islands.

Condé Nast said: “A popular home base for day trips to the Aran Islands or the Cliffs of Moher, Galway is a worthy destination in its own right.

“The bustling university town in Western Ireland blends the historic—you’ll see remnants of medieval stone walls weaving through downtown—with the contemporary, and its thriving art and music communities earned the city the title of European Capital of Culture in 2020.

“Its vibrant food scene spans from pubs to Michelin-starred restaurants, with plenty of fresh seafood thanks to the city’s location between the River Corrib and Galway Bay, and its wide range of lodging options includes cozy B&Bs and the avant-garde g Hotel and Spa.”

Galway has also been named the friendliest city in Europe for 2021 by Condé Nast.

Click here to find out more about Galway.

Top ten small cities for 2021

1 – San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
2 – San Sebastián, Spain
3 – Salzburg, Austria
4 – Siena, Italy
5 – Dubrovnik, Croatia
6 – Bruges, Belgium
7 – Cambridge, UK
8 – Reykjavik, Iceland
9 – Galway, Ireland
10 – Kralendijk, Bonaire

For more information visit Condé Nast.


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