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Key Info

2 The Long Walk

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing, Free Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
3.6scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 2.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

The landmark 16th-century Spanish Arch is a popular photo op for every visitor to Galway. The arch is assumed to be part of the medieval city walls, which were built to protect the ships that came in with goods from Spain. It was partially destroyed by a tsunami following an earthquake in 1755 in Lisbon, Portugal.

Visitors say it is an especially interesting sight to see for anyone who loves history. Others were less impressed and say it's not worth making a special trip.

You'll find the arch located by the Galway City Museum; the area around it is filled with buskers, shops and cafes. There is no cost to see the arch and it is accessible 24/7.

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#1 Wild Atlantic Way

This western coastal route, which begins in the north of Donegal and runs 1,500 miles through nine counties ending in the south of Cork, is a breathtakingly scenic experience. No matter how much of the route you choose to experience, you'll find a wealth of attractions along the way, including the famous Cliffs of Moher, castles, golf courses and the largest stalactite in the Northern Hemisphere at Doolin Cave, among many, many others. For an on-the-go guide to the route's highlights, consider downloading the free Wild Atlantic Way App (available for Apple and Android), which also works offline.

Recent visitors who drove along the route called it "wild and wonderful," with "spectacular scenery." Reviewers also noted that the route is well-marked.

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