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This is a city on the west coast of Ireland, at the very edge of Europe before it gives way to the wild Atlantic, which makes the variety of things to do in Galway a non-surprise. The town's famously bohemian vibe has always been as far as wandering artists and musicians could go so, very often, the folks just stayed.
In the city centre, craft shops sit alongside old-fashioned pubs where nightly sessions of traditional music and dance send echoes through the cobbled streets. History pulsates everywhere, from the remnants of the city walls by the Latin Quarter (now a lively strip of restaurants and bars) to a convent-turned-boutique-hotel and the traditional fishing boats at rest in Claddagh, home of the famous Claddagh ring design. As you drink coffee or a pint at an outdoor table and watch the world go by, the fresh salt wind will reminds you that Galway is at heart an ocean town and that the sea has informed the local way of life for generations.
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