The Spanish Arch (Irish: An Póirse) and the Caoċ Arch (Irish: An Póirse Caoċ, "blind arch") in Galway city, Ireland, are two remaining arches on the Ceann an Bhalla ("Front Wall").
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Great place . A lot to do great restaurant s entertainment in pubs shops. Wonderful atmosphere.
Nice place to sit and look on the running water. Good to relax and "recharge batteries"
Just don't trip on the wine bottles or the flood defences. My tip, walk around, over the bridge across by the canal basin and on to the Claddagh. Then take a walk out along Nimmo's pier and out round the swamp/south park. Some great Galway water views.
Well worth a visit and plenty of places to see
It's nothing special, barely anything to look at. However the views across the water are nice
Great day for the Galway Food Festival. It's nice to see the old sun and remind us it hasn't gone away you know.
It is a beautiful and amazing place. Good to seat and relax, you can bring your book, your camera and have some fun with the stunning sight viewing.
There was a food festival going on when I visited! There was a great crowd and plenty of delicious food to choose from.
A very historical site in Galway. A great place to sit a take the view in.
It’s ok nothing much to look at but, the museum is right beside it ,which is free I should add , ! And it’s there that makes the arch’s more interesting . If going be sure to go to the museum !!
On a warm Summer's day there's no place like it! Chill! Listen to the sounds of the city & the water as it laps against the banks.
I think I was one of the lucky ones, I was here on a gorgeous hot summer evening. There were people sitting everywhere, all you could hear is laughter and chatter, sea gulls and movement of water. The breeze was lovely, there were boats and swans in the water the view was simply outstanding. There is also a bunch of fantastic restaurants along the Long Walk and some beautiful coloured houses. It's a must when you are in Galway.
The arch is nothing to look at really but there is plenty to see along the harbor and surrounding piers. There are lovely walks along the coast road and out to the lighthouse but the lighthouse is off limits to visitors. There are loads of different wildlife either on the banks or in the river that feed the bay. Galway is a fantastic place to visit but the arch disappoints as a stand along place to visit. Enjoy
Had a tough time locating it! Nothing too cool, but the adjoining areas are super nice to hangout. Open air, grass bed, ocean views. Lots of people around on a sunny day. If you want quiet, try taking a hike and go further off.
We crashed on the green after a great lunch (and sangrias) at the museum cafe. My niece wanted to sit by the water and relax, and it was perfect for that on that sunny day. The arch itself isn't much of a destination, but the grassy areas were filled with people enjoying the weather.
This is a famous place in Galway. The river Corrib joins the ocean. This place attracts lots of crowd during summer and an awesome place to hang out with your friends..
The word "arch" in the realm of monuments brings high expectations. This place is technically an arch, but from a historical perspective is a humble entrance to the historical part of Galway. It was moving to hear from the mouth of a local taxi driver stories about Spaniards that survived the disaster of the Great Armada (1588) and where hidden by local Irish Catholics from the English who killed every Spaniard they could laid their hands on. Most of the survivors went back to Spain and some others decided to stay, marrying local women. "That's why in some towns you have people with different skin tone", said the driver with pride.
We were conveniently staying very close to the Arch so we did go take a look. Had we not been nearby I don't think I would say it was worth too much effort to go see it unless you are very specifically interested in this site. Located in a great area for walking around though.