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Guide to Hiking in Cinque Terre

The Italian Riviera is home to the most breathtaking coastlines. The views are arguably at their best in the region of Cinque Terre. Here five beautiful fishing villages sit isolated from the rest of the world on the edge of the cliffs. Hiking in Cinque Terre, therefore, involves uninterrupted views of the coast and the opportunity to explore tiny towns that have remained unchanged for centuries.

Hiking in cinque Terre

I enjoyed hiking in Cinque Terre myself when I visited the region so here’s everything you need to know!

Want to know more about the villagers themselves? Then check out my post ‘all you need to know about the Cinque Terre villages’

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Hiking In Cinque Terre –

No doubt you’ve seen photos of the Cinque Terre villages but what are the practicalities of hiking between them? Well, the first fact that you should know is that it is possible to hike between them all in just one day. So there’s no need to hike with a big bag full of camping equipment!

This said I visited Cinque Terre for several days and therefore found it better to split the Cinque Terre hiking trails into more manageable sections over the period I stayed.

Cinque Terre walk vernazza

SIDE NOTE: Each section of the trail takes between 1 to 3 hours to hike. 


The Cinque Terre Card  –

Since Cinque Terre is a national park, there are checkpoints at the beginning of its hiking trails where you have to purchase a trekking card, in order to pass. These cost €7. Therefore if you’re visiting for the day then its probably worth your while to purchase the Cinque Terre Card. 

This is €17 for 24hours and includes access to all the trails, along with free use of the local shuttle buses and trains. For reference, It cost €4 every time you travel between the villages using the train so the pass is definitely worthwhile, especially if you decide to skip sections of the trail and travel by train to the next village instead.


Which way to hike the Cinque Terre Trail –

Personally, I think its best to start hiking in Cinque Terre in Monterosso al Mare, finishing in Riomaggiore. Not only do the majority of the paths have fewer inclines in this direction, but it also means you’ll get to hike the trails with the best views first. Therefore if you get tired or run out of time, you won’t have to skip the best stretches.

Cinque Terre Hiking

Obviously, if you’re planning on doing several different Cinque Terre Walks (like I did) you can mix up the direction you head in. For example, as the village of Corniglia is located on top of the cliffs, it’s much easier to Hike back down to Vernazza at sea level than it is to hike the opposite way.


The Trails –

For the rest of this post, I’m going to go into more detail about the trails between each Cinque Terre town. I shall describe them in order as if you were hiking from Monterosso al Mare all the way to Riomaggiore.

Monterosso to Vernazza –

First up this Cinque Terre walk will take you between Monterosso and Vernazza and it’s probably the most scenic part of the whole trail. Although relatively flat and easy going most of the way, this section does start with a climb up a good few steps. However, once you reach the top, the views back over Monterosso and the Cinque Terre coast are amazing!

Cinque Terre walk - Monterosso to Vernazza

Whats more, the perspective you get over Vernazza as you reach the village is spectacular. In fact, it’s probably the most iconic view of Cinque Terre.

cinque terre trail, vernazza viewpoint

Vernazza to Corniglia – 

As I briefly mentioned above the Hike from Vernazza to Corniglia is probably one of the most difficult legs due to the large amount of uphill walking that is required. I have to admit to giving this section of the trail a miss on my own visit, but those who have hiked it do suggest that the view you get as you approach Corniglia is more than worth the extra effort.

TOP TIP: If you’re hiking in Cinque Terre in the summer, its best to hike in the early morning or late evening as the trails can get both hot and busy during the day!

Corniglia to Manarola –

Unfortunately, the coastal path (Sentiero Azzurro) between these two villages is currently closed due to a landslide. Therefore instead you have to take the 586 red trail that goes inland and passes through the small village of Volastra.

The start is again the hardest here, it’s a solid 20-30 minutes up steep steps and let me tell you how glad I was to reach the top of them!! After this, however, the rest of the trail is pretty even. As you get closer to Manarola it also cuts through pristine vineyards that locals have worked on for centuries.

Then when you reach the town you get a brilliant perspective over it. Different from Manarola’s classic image of its stacked buildings on the seafront but equally as beautiful. I must warn you though that the climb back down into the village is pretty intense so watch your footing!

Cinque Terre Coast, view of Manarola

Manarola to Riomaggiore – 

‘Lovers Lane’ (a wide and flat concrete path) used to link the last two Cinque Terre villages together. However, this is also currently closed. The alternative route here is steep and difficult and I’d, therefore, recommend skipping it unless you’re a confident walker.

SIDE NOTE: although there’s rumours that the closed trails will reopen in 2019, locals I spoke to weren’t convinced…


Only Want to walk one Cinque Terre Trail? – 

If you only want to do one shorter hike than I’d suggest going from Monterosso to Vernazza. As I said above this section has the best coastal views, and the outlook over Vernazza is stunning!

Cinque Terre Hiking Trails

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I hope this post answers any question you may have about hiking in Cinque Terre! Even if you’re just visiting for a day, I’d highly suggest getting up into the hills as the views are stunning and the extra effort makes a cone of gelato all the more enjoyable… 😉

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All you need to know about the Cinque Terre Villages

Without a doubt, the most beautiful destination on my recent trip to Italy was Cinque Terre. The first time I saw a photo of this wonderfully scenic region I just knew I had to visit! In this way, I spent five delightful days in Cinque Terre, soaking up the sun, gazing at its colourful houses and exploring its villages…

Cinque Terre Holidays

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Getting to Cinque Terre – 

Since Cinque Terre is a national park, the best way to reach it is by train. A train line connects all the Cinque Terre villages with La Spezia on one end and Levanto on the other. You’ll probably find that the best way to reach Cinque Terre is from La Spezia station, as it has direct trains arriving from major cities such as Florence and Rome.


The Cinque Terre Villages –

Cinque Terre literally translates into English as ‘Five Lands’. The name, therefore, refers to the five ancient fishing villages that perch on the rugged coastline of the Italian Riviera. Each village has its own charm and character meaning you’d be a fool not to visit them all.

From South to North the Cinque Terre villages are as followed:

Riomaggiore –

cinque terre villages riomaggiore

Taking the train from La Spezia, the first village you’ll reach is Riomaggiore. It has one main street, either side of which narrow passageways lead up to the villages stacked buildings.

However, Riomaggiore’s crowning jewel is no doubt its tiny harbour. From here you’ll get a picture-perfect view of the village, which is best enjoyed at sunset as the fading lights casts a beautiful orange glow over the buildings.

Manarola – 

My favourite of the Cinque Terre Towns, Manarola offers the most stunning postcard views. You can get the ‘money shot’ of this gorgeous village by simply walking down past the harbour and along the rocky coastal path. Here seats carved out into the stone allow you the opportunity to sit back and take in the breath-taking view.

5 towns of cinque terre, manarola

Corniglia  –

Corniglia is the rebel of the Cinque Terre villages not only is it the smallest but its the only one that sits far above the water on top of the cliffs.  To reach the village you have to climb 365 stairs… Thankfully you can also take a shuttle bus up to the town centre for €2.50.

Vernazza – 

Perhaps the busiest village, Vernazza is characterised by its amphitheatre shape. Pastel houses curve around a relatively large harbour, meaning that every building seems to have a wonderful view of the sea.

Cinque Terre Towns Vernazza

There are several different spots around the village that provide great views. My personal favourite requires a slight climb towards Monterosso al Mare. Once in the hills, you’ll spot a clear viewpoint that provides an amazing birds-eye view over the village.

cinque terre villages Vernazza

Monterosso al Mare –

As briefly mentioned above, the final of the 5 towns of Cinque Terre is Monterosso al Mare. Although not as vertical and therefore less photogenic than its neighbours, Monterosso is still a charming village.

Cinque Terre Beaches

Known mainly for its gorgeous stretch of beach, the town offers a more modern vibe. The beach’s ‘promenade’ is home to many cafes, gelato stores and restaurants. Meanwhile, if you cross the pedestrian tunnel into the ‘Old Town’ you’ll be met with traditional coloured houses and winding backstreets.


Where to stay in Cinque Terre – 

A lot of people seem to visit Cinque Terre on a day trip. However, for me, this just seems foolish. There is no way that you could get a true feel for the Cinque Terre villages when rushing to see them all in one day. Whatsmore the villages are much more peaceful in the evenings, making the whole environment feel more authentic at this time.

In this way, I’d suggest putting aside a minimum of 3 days to spend in Cinque Terre. I visited for 5 and was able to explore at a relaxed pace and visited each village several times.

Where to stay in cinque terreSo we’ve established that you should absolutely visit for several days, but where is the best place to stay in Cinque Terre? Well, this is a question everybody seems to have a different answer to…

Personally, I’d suggest staying in Monterosso al Mare, which is where I opted to set up camp on my own visit. I think that many people overlook this village because it doesn’t have the postcard good looks that people come to Cinque Terre to see. However, this is a big mistake!

Monterosso is cheaper than the other villages, has more amenities and as it’s the furthest away from La Spezia, it tends to be quieter. I stayed in a wonderful Airbnb apartment a short walk from the beach.  It had amazing views of the Cinque Terre coast and I would definitely recommend it as an accommodation option!

Best place to stay in cinque terre

You can look at this apartment in more detail here on the Airbnb website. 


Things to do in Cinque Terre – 

Go hiking –

The number one thing to do in Cinque Terre is to go hiking. The villages are all connected by a series of trails that provide pristine views over the coastline and the villages themselves.

Hiking in Cinque Terre

Go to the beach –

Once you’ve finished hiking in Cinque Terre, you’ll no doubt want to reward yourself by relaxing on a beach. Monterosso is the only village with a proper beach. It’s home to many sun-loungers that you can rent along with facilities such as showers and toilets.

This said Manarola’s harbour is also a nice place for a swim thanks to its concrete ramp that steadily leads into the ocean, providing the perfect sun-spot to dry off in. There’s also a small stretch of sand in Vernazza’s harbour, however, this was always packed when I visited!

None the less I suppose you could say that there are 3 Cinque Terre beaches if you widen the definition. 😉

Visit Nessun Dorma restaurant –

Another reason why I’d say that Manarola is the best Cinque Terre town is the fact that its home to a restaurant with one hell of a view: Nessun Dorma. Located in a prime position on the hillside, the restaurant’s terrace looks back onto the village. Therefore you can sit and eat excellent Italian meat/cheese platters while sipping on a cocktail and watching the sun-set over Manarola.

things to do in cinque terre

View the Cinque Terre Villages from the sea –

Although the easiest way to get between the villages is by the train (each is about 4-5 minutes apart) a great way to get another perspective on the villages is by talking the scheduled ferry. This travels regularly between the villages and provides the opportunity to view them from the sea.

Explore –

Above all else, the best thing to do in Cinque Terre is to simply wander around the villages while trying not to get too overwhelmed by their beauty. 😉

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If you can’t tell from my gushing statements above, I really loved the Cinque Terre villages, visiting felt like a holiday within my holiday… Although it’s becoming more and more popular, I really hope that it holds onto its charm!

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Things to do in Venice in 2 days

For summer I decided to take a big trip around Italy! I started by spending 2 days in Venice. My expectations for this floating city were not high. However, I fell madly in love with its winding canals, unique architecture and its general laid-back vibe.

I found 2 days in Venice to be the perfect amount of time. I was able to visit most of the cities sites and therefore left feeling that I’d fully got to experience all the city has to offer. In this way, here are all the things to do in Venice in 2 days:

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1) Get lost in Venice –

Before visiting Venice I heard a lot of people say that the top thing to do in the city is simply get lost in its maze of streets. This may sound silly, but after experiencing Venice for myself I have to agree!

Top things to do in venice in 2 days, get lost in the city

There’s something magical about exploring its backstreets. I think it has something to do with the beauty lurking around every corner. You never know if you’re going to stumble upon a romantic bridge, hidden cafe or a particularly pretty Venetian home.


2) Eat beside the Grand Canal –

Venice’s Grand Canal is a very well known site, and it is very much the heart of the city!

places to visit in venice - the grand canal

I found the best way to appreciate the Grand Canal was to take a break in one of the restaurants along its ‘shore’. From a waterside location, I was able to fill my stomach with delicious Italian food, whilst watching boats cruise along the busy waterway.

2 days in Venice - eating along the grand canal

The rest of my 2 days in Venice were very busy so I thoroughly enjoyed spending time sitting back and taking in the atmosphere of the city!


3) Cross Rialto Bridge –

As the oldest bridge across the Grand Canal, Rialto Bridge is certainly one of the top things to see in Venice.

I found the bridge to be one of the busiest points in the city. For example, to get to the edge of the bridge, I had to battle crowds several people deep. However, I was still able to appreciate the bridge’s significance and beauty – the fact that there are shops on the bridge is also pretty cool!


4) Take in the view from Fondaco dei Tedeschi – 

Moving from a famous attraction in Venice to a somewhat ‘hidden gem’: Fondaco dei Tedeschi. This luxury shopping centre has a rooftop terrace which provides breath-taking  360° views over Venice. Whatsmore, its free!

What to do in venice - rooftop views

Getting a different perspective over Venice is a must, and although this attraction is unlikely to be top of your list of what to do in Venice (as the city has so many fascinating places to visit) I’d certainly rate it as one of the top things to do in Venice in 2 days.


5) Take in the atmosphere at St Marks Square –

No doubt you’ve heard of St Marks square or Piazza San Marco as its known in Italian. As the largest open space in Vencie, the sqaure is home to must see sites such as St. Mark’s Basilica, the Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale) and San Marco Campanile.

All of these unique buildings make St Mark’s a very beautiful place. However, the infamous Venice Crowds reach their highest number here… I visited the square several times during my trip: I firstly went at mid-day and to be honest found the crowds to be too intense. I simply couldn’t enjoy the stunning surroundings due to the sheer amount of people.

trips to venice - crowds at st marks square

Afternoon Crowds at St Marks Square

I then returned to St Marks early in the morning (8am) on the second of my 2 days in Venice to find the square practically deserted. This meant I could admire the buildings in peace. Therefore I’d highly suggest on your own visit to Venice that you get to St Marks square early in the morning!


6) Go inside St Marks Basilica –

As briefly mentioned above, there are several Venice attractions worth visiting within St Marks Square. The first of which is St Marks Basilica. Built in 1071, the cathedral’s exterior is decorated in many detailed statues and mosaics that give it a unique fairy-tale appearance.

things to see in venice - St Marks Basilica

Although stunning from the outside, to fully appreciate St Marks Basilica you should go inside. 8,000 square meters of the ceiling and walls are decorated with golden mosaics that show the message of Christain Salvation. All that gold is definitely a sight to behold.

But, as one of the top places to visit in Venice the queue to enter the Basilica can be hours long. I avoided the queue on my own visit by buying a skip the line ticket from the Basilica’s official website. These are only €3 per person!!

I’d recommend doing the same as there was absolutely no queue for this priority entrance, I was, therefore, able to do more Venice sightseeing as opposed to standing in a queue all afternoon. And for only €3 I’m at a loss as to why more people don’t do the same!


7) visit the Doge Palace –

For me, the Doge Palace was even more impressive than St Marks Basilica. Its grandeur is simply unrivalled, it houses a seemingly endless amount of rooms each more impressive than the last. In this way taking a tour of the palace is a must.

As with the Basilica, I think the skip the line tickets are very affordable for the Doge palace: €20 or €13 for a reduced ticket (which was great for me as a student). You can also book the ‘Secret Itineraries’ tour for just one euro more, however, it was sadly sold out the day I brought tickets so make sure you book at least a week in advance for it.


8) Cross the Bridge of Sighs –

Another reason to visit the Doge Palace is the fact that by doing so you’ll also get to cross the famous Bridge of Sighs, so named as Prisoners would allegedly let out a sigh as they caught their last glimpse of Venice from the bridge on their way to be executed.

venice sightseeing - the bridge of sighs

I have to admit to being a little underwhelmed by the Bridge of Sighs from the outside (it can be viewed by walking right from St Marks Square). However actually crossing the bridge is a different story. Looking out onto Venice through its tiny windows, before proceeding into dark and dingy rooms, you can really get a sense for the desperation of the prisoners.


9) Eat Gelato –

When in Italy Gelato should be consumed daily! Thankfully, Venice has several drool-worthy gelaterias. I had some particualary delicious Gelato from Fantasy Gelato, which is a short walk from St Marks Square…

eat gelato on your 2 days in Venice


10) Visit Burano and Murano –

I found that 2 days in Venice was enough time to make a trip out of the main city. Therefore I opted to head to the colourful island of Burano in the evening of my first day in Venice.

Here, while the canals that cut through Burano’s streets remind you that you’re still in the Venetian Lagoon, the lack of crowds and the brightly coloured houses make it feel a world away… I really loved this little island and would suggest it as one of the best day trips from Venice that you could take.

day trips from Venice - Burano island

TOP TIP: on the way back from Burano, you should also visit the island of Murano, the home to Venice’s famous glass making. Although a little less characteristic than Burano, it’s still worth a visit if you have more time than I did.

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I managed to do all the above things to do in Venice in 2 days. I’ll have to admit that my days were jam-packed and involved a lot of walking, so if you want to enjoy the sites at a steadier pace you may want to consider visiting Venice for a few more days! This said if you don’t mind getting your step count up 2 days in Venice will be more than enough time. 😉

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How To Spend 3 Days In Budapest

Back in March, I visited the city of Budapest (Hungary) for three days. It’s taken me awhile to write about the trip, however, this is not to say that it wasn’t amazing… Here’s how to spend 3 days in Budapest:

Budapest Itinerary: Day One –

I sadly spent the majority of my first day in Budapest travelling, as my flight landed at around 5pm. More than this, Budapest’s city-centre is about a 50-minute drive away from the airport, cutting out more precious time.

This said I found it very easy to reach the city centre thanks to the 100E bus which departs from the airport every half an hour. All you have to do is purchase a ticket at one of the machines next to the bus stop.

3 days in budapest - getting from the airport

TOP TIP: The currency used in Budapest is the Hungarian Forint, not the Euro! So make sure you visit a currency exchange!

Once I finally arrived in the city, I dropped my bags at Flow Hostel (my accommodation of choice) and went for a walk. The area by flow hostel is known as District V (Belváros-Lipótváros) and is essentially the heart of the city.

Although dark, I instantly appreciated how fantastic the area is! Full of restaurants, cafes, bars and architectural landmarks (such as St Stephen’s Basilica and the Hungarian Parliament building), District V has a lot to offer, and I couldn’t wait to see it in daylight!

FUN FACT: Budapest is divided by the River Danube. With Buda being west of the river and Pest opposite. 

take the city tram budapest itinerary

One of the best things to do in Budapest is to experience its crazy nightlife. Therefore, following my walk and a little refresh at the hostel, I decided to head to Szimpla Kert – the cities original ruin bar.

This place certainly lives up to its reputation! I’ve never seen anything so wacky and unique in my life. But, it’s also great fun… There’s a reason Szimpla is seen as one of the Best bars in Budapest!


How to spend 3 days in Budapest: Day Two –

After staying out at Sizimpla bar a little longer than I should have, I woke up on the second of my 3 days in Budapest later than I had planned to. None the less, I packed a lot into my second day (with a little help from coffee to ease my hangover). 😉

I started by visiting Central Market Hall, Hungary’s largest indoor market. The building itself is beautiful, with an intricate tiled roof and large windows.

More than this, I enjoyed wandering around the ground floor (where many locals do their shopping). It’s filled with stalls selling all sorts of produce, including Paprika, the national spice of Hungary.

I did find the upper level of the market to be somewhat of a tourist trap with the majority of stalls selling ‘souvenirs’ but, as a whole, the market is one of my top places to see in Budapest.

things to do in budapest - visit central market

Following the market, I decided to do a walking tour of the city with Free Budapest Walk. The tour was a fantastic way to go Budapest sightseeing as the guide was very knowledgeable and explained the history of Hungary, something I’d otherwise be oblivious to.

More than this, the walking tour enabled me to go back and visit some sites I’d seen the night before such as St Stephen’s Basilica. It also took me over to the Buda side of the city for the first time, crossing the famous chain bridge.

Buda for me was like a different city entirely. It’s quiet cobbled streets were miles away from the craziness of Pest. More than this, it’s old houses and fairytale architecture create a magical atmosphere!

The walking tour ended at Fisherman’s Bastion – my absolute favourite place to visit in Budapest. This castle, is literally what fairy-tales are made of! It’s Romanesque/Neo-Gothic style is just so pretty.

Whether you’re walking up its enchanting staircases or gazing through one of its arches, you’re sure to feel like a princess. I also got major Hogwarts vibes which is as equally amazing. 😉

TOP TIP: other Budapest attractions worth visiting on the Buda side of the city are Matthias Church and Buda Castle. 


Budapest Itinerary: Day Three – 

The final of my 3 days in Budapest began with a visit to perhaps the cities most famous attraction: the Széchenyi thermal baths. Here I took time to relax in the hot spring water and marvel at the Neo-baroque style of the building. I thoroughly enjoyed my time here and suggest that it should be on everyone’s list of places to visit in Budapest.

The Széchenyi thermal baths are located within City Park, which is worth visiting in its own right. Within the park, I stumbled upon the impressive Vajdahunyad Castle – which although not genuine (being built in 1904) is a great photo location.

make sure to see city park during your 3 days in budapest

Upon exiting the park I headed towards Heros Square, home to an extremely impressive monument that was built to mark the thousandth anniversary of Hungary, making it a must see when you visit Budapest.

Budapest attractions (heros square)

Back in the city centre, I wandered along the Danube River, stopping to view a humble memorial: ‘Shoes on the Danube’. Here a trail of iron shoes stands as a haunting tribute to the thousands of Jews who were brutally murdered along the river during World War 2.

After taking time to reflect at the memorial I headed towards the last stop on my Budapest itinerary, the Hungarian parliament building. The vast structure takes its inspiration from Britains parliament building, however, I have to say that it’s much more awe-inspiring.

Hungarian parliament building. 

Make sure you take the time to step inside on your own visit to Budapest as the interior is as grand as the outside and features many gold accents.

TOP TIP: the Parliament building is best enjoyed from a distance as you can take in its sheer scale! Therefore head across the river Danube for the best views. 

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During my 3 days in Budapest, I managed to do most of the top things to do in Budapest. Therefore I’d suggest that 3 days is definitely enough time in the city. This said the weather was still very cold in March and therefore I’d suggest the best time to visit Budapest would be slightly later in the year. However, the snow did make the city even more beautiful!

Want to know even more things to do in Budapest? Check out this alternative itinerary.

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6 Things To Do In Galway Ireland

When in Ireland you absolutely have to visit Galway! The city is filled with Irish charm, great people and even greater pubs. Whatsmore, walk five minutes away from the lively city centre and you can enjoy a picturesque walk along the seafront. This means that there’s plenty of things to do in Galway despite it being relatively small:

Things To Do In Galway Ireland –

1) Drink on Quay Street –

Quay Street is the bustling heart of Galway. Its colourful houses are draped with flags and bunting which brightens even the rainiest Irish day.  

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It’s also home to most of Galway’s famous pubs! My favourite is undoubtedly Quays Bar which has been open for over 400 years and has amazing live music!

2) Eat Your Heart Out –

The restaurants in Galway are superb! Therefore, one of my top things to do in Galway is to try and sample as much food as possible… Located so close to the sea, it’s no surprise that the town is renowned for its seafood. You’ll find restaurants serving fish and chips throughout the city! Some of the best I had was from  The Front Door. 

This said, my favourite restaurant in Galway is one specialising in Mexican/Italian: High Cafe. Located on Quay Street, the restaurant is hard to spot because it’s not on street level (hence the name). You have to climb a hidden flight of stairs to reach the restaurant but it’s more than worth the extra effort!

SIDE NOTE: planning a trip to Ireland? Then check out my 5 Day Ireland Itinerary 

3) Stroll To The Harbour And Along The Long Walk –

One of the most scenic parts of Galway is its harbour. Here you can catch a glimpse of the famous Galway Hookers… Clear your mind as these are simply old fishing boats!

Galway Harbour, things to do in galway ireland

From the harbour, you can then walked back into town via the ‘Long walk’ – a section of the bay adorned by colourful houses. By doing so you’ll also pass one of the oldest things to see in Galway, the Spanish Arch, which was built in 1584!

Top Things to do in galway ireland, see the long walk

The Long Walk which is seen at the end of Ed Sheeran’s video for Galway Girl!

4) Sample Some Murphy’s Ice Cream –

Moving back to food briefly, Galway is home to Murphy’s Ice Cream Shop which is said to serve the best Ice Cream in Ireland, a statement I definitely agree with! Even If you travel to Galway in the cooler months I’d recommend getting a cone… Or two. 😉

5) Visit Salthill –

If you ask locals what to do in Galway, many will suggest heading to Salthill. It takes about 20-minutes to walk from the city centre to Salthill, however, you’ll be rewarded with picturesque coastal views and beaches that are popular with locals and tourists alike. In the summer months, some brave souls even dive into the Atlantic from a custom-built diving tower.

6) Take One Of The Many Day Trips From Galway –

One of the great things about Galway is that it’s so close to many of Ireland’s rural attractions. For example, it’s very easy to take a Cliffs of Moher tour from Galway. The cliffs are only about an hour and a half’s drive away from the city and as one of Ireland’s most famous landmarks, they are certainly worth a visit!

Cliffs of Moher tour from Galway

Other areas of the countryside that are easy to reach from Galway are the Burren (a unique landscape dominated by limestone rocks) and the Aran Islands, that can be reached by boat from Galway Bay.

There’s really an endless amount of Galway Tours that you could take!

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I fell in love with Galway when I visited and hopefully by doing some of the things on my list of ‘things to do in Galway Ireland’ you’ll leave the city feeling the same way!

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