Galway has been named among 28 best trips to take next year by National Geographic Traveler, one of the best-known travel magazines in the US.
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"Galway may sit at the far western edge of Europe, but lately the “City of Tribes” has been the center of attention," the travel bible says.
It lists big events like the 2018 European Region of Gastronomy and Galway 2020, European Capital of Culture, but also new community heritage and arts projects, "such as pop-up culture cafés and funambulism (tightrope walking) workshops" set to roll out in "conventional and unexpected venues" across city and county.
"Our Best Trips issue features 28 destinations and experiences that can inspire us, change our perspectives and connect us with cultures, places and ideas that matter in the world," says George Stone, National Geographic Traveler editor in chief.