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Galway, Ireland

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Galway, Ireland

Home to 70-plus pubs—most packed with young people downing pints while enjoying everything from traditional Irish music (at Tigh Neachtains) to folk, rock, and U2 covers (at Monroe’s)—this Irish university city of 236,000 warmly embraces its medieval-meets-mod vibe. Known for its “Irishness,” Galway hums with a bilingual English-Gaelic buzz while its Crayola-hued streets are backdrops for dozens of festivals, from arts to oysters. The food scene is especially hot, with kudos to Matz in The G Hotel for contemporary Irish cuisine and McDonagh’s Seafood House for perfectly crispy fish-and- chips.

Don’t Miss: Traveling back in time via a 90-minute, eco-friendly “glided” tour (“Heritage & The Craic”) with Segway Adventures.

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