Today Galway hosts the National University of Ireland or University College of Galway and enjoys a young-hearted spirit thanks to the students' influx. The central area of the town, as in most European cities, hosts memory and history. It is dotted with charming squares and ancient buildings, crossed by narrow streets to generate cozy and mysterious atmosphere. Locals and tourists' favorite place downtown is the John F. Kennedy Park, or as it is commonly known Eyre Square. It contrasts with the compact old town in its openness and spacious areas of verdant alleys and charming tree-lined spots.
As it is a coastal city, Galway has a vast area of docks. Though it was quite uninspiring in the past, the docklands area offers today beautiful maritime views and entertainment spots. Thanks to its location Glaway has also enjoyed the reputation of a sea resort. It is, in fact, quite pleasing, especially after huge investments were made for the last ten years. The town also offers the charms of the neighbor sea resort of Salthill, which used to compete with the famous Blackpool.
Galway has preserved its historical and cultural heritage, but also the lively Irish spirit. It invites to cheerful pubs and bars where live music with traditional sessions is famous all over the islands and beyond.
Walks along the Galway Bay will bring you to areas and secret spots where traditions have remained intact and natural beauty boasts of romantic inspiration.