The „Mediterranean” Ireland

Last weekend I arrived in Galway for the first time, for the International Arts&Music festival. I didn’t get to see much of the festival as we were keen on just walking around the town and taking in the energy and some pints of beer, while at it.

But the festival is not the subject of this post, the surprising surroundings of Galway are. First of all, for this two days journey, we decided to camp and we set up the tent in Salthill Caravan Bay, a lovely spot for camping, clean and peaceful, situated on the northern inner shore of Galway Bay. From there to Galway we had to walk for about 40 minutes on the Salthill Promenade, a very relaxing walk along the coast and the first hint that Ireland has nice spots for swimming and fun!

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View from Salthill Caravan Bay

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A swimming party we ran into, on the Salthill Promenade.

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After leaving Galway and Salthill we decided to discover some other beaches around and so we reached Dog’s Bay. Prepare to be amazed:

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Greece, Italy, Turkey? No, still Ireland!

Meet the blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean, a bit cold but still you can take a bath, especially on a lovely weather like we had in the weekend. Dog’s Bay didn’t have a beach bar but we can’t have it all, can we.

And finally, on our way to Dog’s Bay we passed by change, through Roundstone village, prepare to be amazed again:

 

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„The village of Roundstone lies on the western arm of Bertraghboy Bay in Connemara, Co. Galway, 48 miles (77km) north-west of Galway city. This Connemara village is beautifully set on one of the most spectacular coastal drives in Ireland overlooking the Atlantic at the foot of Errisbeg Mountain. ”

So this is my newest #discoveringireland experience, a face of Ireland that not only I never would have guessed but that has made me fall in love a bit more with this ever-surprising country.