Nestled along the scenic coastline of western Ireland, also known as the Wild Atlantic Way, lies a magical city brimming with colour, culture and tradition. Galway, often referred to as the 'City of the Tribes', has a history as vibrant as its rainbow-hued houses, and is home to the largest Irish-speaking community, or Gaeltacht, in Ireland.

The county boasts 35 heritage sites, 31 museums and 10 art galleries, and is the birthplace of the symbolic Claddagh ring, as well as the traditional fishing boats known as the Galway hookers. It's also the festival capital of Ireland, hosting over 100 festivals and events per year, including the Galway International Arts Festival, Galway Comedy Festival and the Galway Food Festival.

The city's newly-achieved status as European Capital of Culture 2020 really says it all. From foodies to film buffs, oyster guzzlers to literature lovers, and art fiends to music fans, it's a bustling hive of activity that caters to everyone.

A year-long programme of extraordinary events will showcase artistic richness, creative ingenuity and cultural diversity throughout the year. It is a celebration of not only Galway City, but of its islands, country, language and, most importantly, its people.

The Latin Quarter is known for its cobbled stone streets, boutique shops and quaint restaurants. Defined by some of Galway's most historic landmarks, like the Spanish Arch, this is where Galway really comes to life.

Fancy some window shopping, or perhaps an afternoon tipple in a quirky bar? Magpies and bookworms, keep your eyes peeled for hidden gems at Tempo Antiques or the characterful Charlie Byrne's Bookshop.

If you're looking for somewhere to heighten your senses and peruse a range of fresh, local produce, then Galway market is the place to go.

The market, next to St Nicholas' Collegiate Church, is brimming with friendly traders

The programme of events for Galway 2020 is available at