Situated at the crossroads of some of Ireland's most popular tourist attractions, Galway is very popular with visitors. The city also has everything to please: a lively centre, a very young population, attractive streets with decorated facades, pub signs and original shops. From Galway, one can easily reach Connemara, the Cliffs of Moher or the Burren, which explains the quantity of agencies scattered throughout the city, which offer all types of trips and tours. We meet many Americans or young hippies here, in this city also considered as the capital of Irish music. Galway is a city of constant change, and one can observe, sometimes with astonishment, the number of young people on the streets.
Galway, whose Gaelic name is Gaillimh, "stony river", was the city of the Tribes. These Tribes were the fourteen families of Norman origin who ruled the trade of the city from the 13th century: the Athy, Blake, Bodkin, Browne, Deane, Darcy, Font, French, Joyce, Kiravan, Lynch, Martin, Morris, Sherret. The city maintained thereafter fruitful trade exchanges with Spain (Spanish Arch), before being besieged by Cromwell's troops. From the second half of the seventeenth century, the city fell into decline, and it is only fairly recently that there has been an economic revival.