LonelyPlanet says this city on the Wild Atlantic Way is “brilliantly bohemian”

LonelyPlanet has included Galway as one of the top ten cities you need to visit in 2020 for its annual 'Best in Travel' feature.

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Galway joins Salzburg, Washington, DC, Cairo, Bonn, La Paz, Kochi, Vancouver, Dubai, and Denver as the Top 10 Cities to visit in 2020.

To determine its top picks for 2020, LonelyPlanet consulted its writers, editors, and "online family of social media influencers" and said that each city is chosen for "its topicality, unique experiences and ‘wow’ factor.”

While Salzburg in Austria claimed the top spot in the Best Cities to visit in 2020, Galway came in fourth place.

The Corrib River in Galway City (Getty Images)

The Corrib River in Galway City (Getty Images)

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Of Galway, LonelyPlanet writes: “Brilliantly bohemian Galway is arguably Ireland’s most engaging city. Here brightly painted pubs heave with live music and cafes offer front-row seats to watch buskers perform. 

“And this year all that creative exuberance is being supercharged by events marking the Galway region's role as a 2020 European Capital of Culture – the city’s calendar is as packed with activity as the bars are with locals on a Saturday night. Expect street spectacle, live and digital art as well as world-class music, theatre, and dance. 

“Sleep might have to wait – in Galway, even the buskers play late into the night. Vivid and vibrant, brimful of imagination, Galway in 2020 is home to a year-long, city-wide, arty party. And you’re invited too.”

Kerwan's Lane in Galway City (Getty Images)

Kerwan's Lane in Galway City (Getty Images)

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RTE, however, reports that busking in Galway’s city center may come under new restrictions in January after Galway City Council voted in favor of new by-laws last month.

“The rules will ban the use of amplification or backing tracks by buskers before 6 pm and also restrict so-called "circle acts", that attract large crowds of bystanders. The use of drum kits will be banned at all times.

“The regulations cover what is described as the "protected streetscape", running from the top of Williamsgate Street to the end of Quay Street, the main pedestrianized zone in the city center.”

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