National Geographic has listed Galway as one of the top cities to visit in 2019.

In the publication’s list of best trips for the year, Galway was listed at number 19 out of 28 ranked locations.

Galway, located on Ireland's west coast and the country's fourth-largest city, was named the European Capital of Culture for 2020.

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According to National Geographic, “Throughout 2019, new community heritage and arts projects, such as pop-up culture cafés and funambulism (tightrope walking) workshops, will be rolling out in conventional and unexpected venues (beaches, fields, remote villages, and rivers) across Galway city and county.

Credit: Ireland's Content Pool

Credit: Ireland's Content Pool

“Homegrown programs include celebrating the old customs on the wild, unspoiled islands off the Galway coast and “Small Towns, Big Ideas,” an initiative based on the Irish tradition of meitheal (pronounced MEH-hel), or coming together for a common purpose."

Galway, which was listed as a 2018 European Region of Gastronomy, is also known for its food scene.

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“After the shows, there’s always that gastronomic scene to check out. Galway is especially known for its oysters. Sample some native and gigas oysters on the half shell at places such as Moran’s Oyster Cottage.”

Other spots listed in National Geographic’s list of “Best Trips” of 2019 included Belize, Cairo, Toronto, and French Polynesia. The top spot was awarded to Mexico City in Mexico.