The stunning oceanside cliffs and verdant valleys of Ireland are legendary, and reason alone to make a visit. But sharing the spotlight these days are the cities, where thriving music, arts and culinary scenes are drawing participants and visitors from all over the globe. Numerous music and arts festivals are held throughout the year in Dublin, Galway and Belfast, and County Cork has become the country's culinary hub. Derry-Londonderry is 2013's City of Culture, with a year-long calendar of events proving the designation-including the prestigious Turner Prize, being held for the first time outside of Britain. And the entire country is hosting The Gathering 2013, with thousands of events celebrating Irish culture being held in all counties, making this an especially good year to make a pilgrimage. It will give a whole new meaning to going green. With direct flights from the U.S. to Belfast, Dublin and Shannon, it's easy to make a trip-it will give a whole new meaning to going green.
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This northern city has emerged in the 21st century as one of Europe’s most alluring spots, filled with culture, food, drink and year-round festivals.
Ireland’s south coast is a stellar destination for the adventurous traveler seeking innovative cuisine, contemporary art and a buzzing nightlife.
Arguably the most-happening city in Ireland, Dublin has lively arts and music scenes, world-class restaurants and cherished historic sights.
Known for culture and nightlife, this buzzy boho city is a great spot to sample local seafood. After a night on the town, hit the road for unspoiled countryside.
Ireland's countryside and coast
Treks through the iconic landscape are the perfect foil to Ireland's cities.
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