Ireland is well known for its ‘céad míle fáilte’ (hundred thousand welcomes) so it comes as no surprise that a recent poll confirmed that Ireland is home to the two friendliest cities in Europe.
Conde Nast Traveller’s Readers’ Choice Awards 2020 have put Galway, a jewel of the famous Wild Atlantic Way, at the top of the list, followed by Dublin, proof if any were needed, that Ireland’s welcome is second to none.
Galway already has much to smile about. Known as a hub of creativity, it is European Capital of Culture 2020 and is staging an exciting, year-long programme of events, many of which have moved online to ensure they can still be enjoyed by an international audience, while travel is restricted.
The city was also named by Lonely Planet as one of the world’s top cities for 2020, with the travel bible describing it as “arguably Ireland’s most engaging city”.
Galway & Dublin are known throughout the world for their friendly people and rich heritage
As well as the smiliest people in Europe, Galway has a world-renowned annual calendar of music, horse-racing, food and arts festivals, including the hugely popular International Oyster & Seafood Festival. Taking place each September it is the ultimate celebration of gourmet seafood.
And alongside the big events, Galway buzzes with bohemian spirit in its music-filled bars, top-class restaurants and lively streets. Across the island on the east coast, multi-faceted Dublin will welcome you as one of its own and eagerly share its riches with you.
Among these are wonderful Trinity College Dublin, historic Kilmainham Jail, Dublin Castle, Christ Church Cathedral and home of the black stuff, Guinness Storehouse.
A UNESCO City of Literature, Dublin also offers book lovers multiple treasures to enjoy from the magnificent medieval Book of Kells, to several literary museums and even talking statues of its famous sons including James Joyce and Oscar Wilde.
Like Galway, Dublin has a dynamic arts scene and loves a festival, a celebration or any excuse for a party.
Be prepared to dance in the streets of Temple Bar, sing at a session in a trad music pub and everywhere be regaled by the locals as they share their wit.
So pencil in a date to visit Galway and Dublin and, when the time is right, experience the best welcome in Europe.