World Travel Magazine has named Galway a destination to watch in 2020

Irish cities to the fore, Galway has been named a destination to watch out for in 2020 by the esteemed World Travel Magazine.

Tourism in Ireland is on the up, and one of the key components of the exponential rise in visitors is the quality of the cities across Ireland’s four provinces.

This quality hasn’t gone unnoticed on the worldwide scene, as the prestigious World Travel Magazine has recognised the lure of western Ireland.

The city of Galway was named in the magazine’s December/January edition as one of the best destinations to watch in 2020.

World Travel Magazine

World Travel Magazine has named Galway a top city to look out for in 2020, the Galway International Arts Festival is one of these elements of this recognition.

The World Travel Magazine describes itself as “Southeast Asia’s luxury travel and lifestyle magazine”, and has been based in Singapore since 2013.

The magazine isn’t limited to its base in Asia, offering excellent content and analysis on global destinations, from America’s Deep South to prospering Paris, and into the depths of southern Africa.

The magazine gathers together information like the world’s most luxurious cruises in the ‘Luxury 50’ list, a compilation of the world’s premier hotels and resorts.

Destinations to watch

World Travel Magazine believes Galway's culture and idyllic streets to be a big part of its appeal, naming it a city to watch out for in 2020.

Each year, the World Travel Magazine compiles a list of the destinations to watch across the world for the upcoming year.

The list aims to provide its readers with places that would otherwise be overlooked or ignored, giving the respective forgotten city or country the reputation it deserves.

Galway as a destination to watch

Galway's Cathedral is a stunning building displaying what makes Galway so special, no wonder World Travel Magazine named it a top city to watch in 2020.

As is indicative of the city, World Travel Magazine paints an idyllic and tranquil picture of Galway, and references all of the features that make Galway what it is.

The magazine describes Galway as “Ireland’s prized city, a gem tucked in the Wild Atlantic Way that simmers with an incredible food scene… walking tours and locally-styled gourmet”.

The magazine speaks of “dainty coloured homes perched by the face of the harbour”, and the blue sky that “creates an artistic air around its web of sun-speckled web canals”.

Another iconic sight to see in Galway is Eyre Square, one of the reasons World Travel Magazine named it a city to watch out for in 2020.
Galway’s Eyre Square

Galway’s Latin Quarter is referred to as “a cobblestone avenue” which includes “lines of many of the city’s best bars… all exploding with the cordial Irish hospitality as performers dance and play music by the street”.

Special mentions include; the memorable Eyre Square in the heart of the city, the borough of St Nicholas’, “a glorious medieval church standing tall in the plaza”, Kirwan’s Lane is described as a “charming town”, and the magazine strongly recommends a trip to the Aran Islands, “a quiet farming community with crisp, rural air”.

Additionally, the Salthill Promenade, that sits just outside of the city centre, was noted as “cradled on the Atlantic Ocean, a sweet suburb by the sea that has churned the tradition of kicking the wall”.

More recognition for Galway

Galway’s place in the World Travel Magazine’s esteemed list follows recognition for the city from other prominent travel websites and magazines.

In October, the famed travel website, Lonely Planet, ranked Galway as one of the cities to visit for 2020, while the renowned travel website, Condé Nast Traveller, listed the Tribe city as one of its top 10 cities for the year ahead.

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