The Spanish Arch, Galway

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Originally an extension of the city wall as a measure to protect the city's quays, The Spanish Arch is now a stretch of old street where people stroll and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere. During the daytime head here for lunch and ice cream, or at night for live music and a few drinks. To visit The Spanish Arch on your trip to Galway, use our Galway trip itinerary builder website .
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  • Somehow we were a little disappointed in the Spanish Arch. I don't know why, but after seeing it on the may, and the signs directing the way, we expected something a little more special. That said, I'...  more »
  • Good mood here. You almost forget that it is at the westernmost point of Europe. The community supports the bustle on the promenade, and makes a proper way with their entmüllungsbestrebungen.
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  • It has no more than the historical meaning rlacionado with commercial transactions between Ireland and Spain in the 27TH and 18th centuries. At his side is the Museum d ela town. Also overrated.
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  • Not much to it. It’s old and its cool. That is all
  • It's just an Arch near a river, nothing to see really. I'm sure there is loads of history about it but you better go into town and enjoy a pint while searching it's history.
  • Visited on a beautiful sunny day. Lovely to walk along the river. Some great stores nearby
  • In galway bay.. beautiful spot
  • Riverfront public park. Superb place where people gather.

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