"In Hell or Connemara" is the famous tirade by Cromwell who deported the Catholic population of Ireland here. Today, however, this area northwest of Galway is the favourite destination of French tourists... and many have left their hearts here. Maybe because hospitality and gastronomy are the order of the day? Connemara is an area where angling is very popular, so we often see fishermen knee-deep in rivers as they snake their way down the roads. A mixture of grand ambience and local character characterise this region where you will find probably the most exceptional restaurants and hotels in Ireland. Its wild beauty offers landscapes rich in contrasts. Clear mountains rising from peaty land, dark lakes surrounded by fir trees and valleys where sheep graze in semi-liberty. Along the coast, Connemara is sometimes reminiscent of Brittany, with its small fishing villages and intimate coves, or its romantic beaches. In the centre rise the Twelve Bens, gentle hills with a moon pale colour. It is probably the most extraordinary landscape in the region. Two possible routes to cross Connemara after Galway: the coast (R336) via Spiddal, Roundstone, Clifden to Leenane, or the inland road (N59) from Oughterard to Clifden.

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