If you’ve been itching for a break away in Galway, good news! Summer has finally arrived in Costa del Salthill and the good times are here to stay. From scenic views to the best local cuisine, Salthill has got it all. All that’s left to do is to have a look at our recommendations listed here and enjoy a fabulous staycation in Galway on us!
Stay : Galway Bay Sea View Apartments
No more waking up to city landscapes or brick walls, at Galway Bay Sea View Apartments it is exactly what the name implies. Be greeted by breathtaking views of Galway Bay and the Clare Hills each morning as you roll out of bed. Whether you’re traveling solo, in a couple or group of up to 6 people, these self catering apartments can cater to your every need. Their penthouse apartments offer a touch of luxury with floor-to-ceiling glass doors leading out to the large terrace which is perfect for enjoying late night drinks as the sun sets. Located on Salthill’s famous Promenade you won’t find a place like Galway Bay Sea View Apartments anywhere else.
The Promenade, // more here
Explore the Salthill food & drink scene:
For a taste of Italian excellence, treat yourself to beautiful Italian food at any time of the day at Magnetti’s on the Waterfront. The aroma of freshly-made dough and breads will entice you inside and you’ll feel right at home as you browse their menus of mouth-watering foods. With focaccia bread, authentic pizza, fresh salads with the finest quality dressings and an array of wines and beers to suit– no matter what you are after, you will find something to satisfy all taste buds at Magnetti’s.
Unit 1, Upper Salthill Rd, // more here
PJ Flaherty’s Pub
Experience all the comforts of a traditional Irish pub with a modern touch at PJ Flaherty’s Pub in Salthill. Known for its buzzing atmosphere, top notch pints of Guinness and sound staff, this popular spot is perfect for any lazy day meanderings. Not to mention their cosy beer garden that is decked out in pink cherry blossoms which make for a beautiful backdrop for a holiday themed Instagram post. Be sure to check out for yourself when in the area, we guarantee you’ll fall in love with this Salthill pub.
Lower Salthill, // more here
Chef Laura Rosso
If you would fancy some authentic Brazilian foods while you’re enjoying the sunshine, sit out in the gorgeous outdoor area at Chef Laura Rosso. While you dine out at this amazing Brazilian restaurant you can take in picture perfect views of Galway Bay and feel like you are a world away from your day to day life. With plant based and vegetarian options that are worth the trip to Salthill alone, calling into Chef Laura Rosso is a must for those visiting Galway.
At GCI Building, Grattan Rd, // more here
The Amber & Prom Restaurant
Enjoy some of the finest locally sourced Irish cuisine at The Amber & Prom Restaurant at Salthill Hotel. With beautiful views overlooking the prom, a relaxed ambiance and loads of comfy seats, this might be the perfect place to enjoy a catch up with friends over a few cocktails or bottle of wine. They've also introduced an afternoon tea option to their menu, which is a really lovely way to pass any afternoon in Salthill. Whether it’s healthy dishes, light bites, afternoon tea or a 3-course dining experience, the elegance of The Amber & Prom Restaurant is guaranteed to leave you wanting to come back for more.
Salthill Hotel, The Promenade // more here
Galway Bay Hotel’s Beachfront Barista
If you’re bringing the doggo on holidays with you, you need to bring them along with you to this lovely coffee dock. After your morning stroll along the beach call by Galway Bay Hotel’s Beachfront Barista for badly needed refreshments. With giant deck chairs out front you and your pooch can enjoy the mid morning sunshine and take a moment to unwind with coffee and pastries for the humans and water for the pups. The team here would love to meet your little (or big!) puppy so be sure to call in and say hi.
Salthill Rd Lower, Upper Salthill // more here
O’Reilly’s Bar & Kitchen
In the summer months very little can beat sipping away on delicious cocktails at the rooftop bar of O’Reillys Bar & Kitchen. With stunning views of Salthill beach and the prom you can try out new drinks off their cocktail menu as you soak in Salthill’s electric atmosphere. The team at O’Reilly’s have also been known to throw a BBQ every now and then so if that sounds like your kind of buzz get in touch with them and see how they can make your summer BBQ dreams come true.
232 Upper Salthill // more here
If you’re enjoying a romantic getaway with your significant other, you are going to want to pay Black Cat a visit. This is the ideal intimate date night spot. Ambient jazz music will set the atmosphere for your evening, as you dine on exquisite tapas made from locally sourced produce and a glass or two of their delicious wines. Having built up a stellar reputation amongst tourists and locals alike for their inviting atmosphere, this is one spot you’re definitely going to want while in Salthill.
179 Upper Salthill, // more here
Gourmet Food Parlour
After a day of swimming and sunning yourself at the beach, you’re going to want to spoil yourself with a deliciously filling meal at Gourmet Food Parlour. With a kids menu that is on par with the adults, small plate options, mains and desserts, there’s something for everyone on their extensive menus. If you’re not ready to leave the beach just yet, choose some delicious goodies off their takeaway menu and opt for a picnic by the seaside to finish off your day. They also have a selection of cocktails, mocktails, bubbly and more, which are always a good addition to a summer’s evening.
14 Lenaboy Gardens, // more here
Ground & Co.
For an early morning power breakfast, there’s no better spot in Salthill than Ground & Co. Located right next door to Galway Atlantaquaria on the prom, this is a brilliant starting point to begin your day out in Salthill. With a breakfast menu that includes everything from creamy oats, eggs your way and freshly squeezed juices, herbal teas and coffee you’ll be ready to take on your next great Salthill adventure in no time. Whether you want to eat in house, at their outdoor seating or grab n go, calling into visit Ground & Cos amazing team is a must while in Galway.
Atlantaquaria Toft Park // more here
Ré Coffee + Design
Keeping you fueled throughout the day, Ré Coffee + Design is the one stop shop for all your coffee needs. Relax in the aromatic surroundings of their design shop space and browse their array of art pieces, you never know you might just find the perfect holiday gift for yourself here. The team here are incredibly friendly so if you’re looking for any recommendations on how to spend your day in town, simply ask! They’d only be too happy to help you out. This spot is also dog friendly so if your puppy is traveling with you note this café down.
137 Upper Salthill // more here
photo by @neha_artsylens
Something for everyone:
A Day out on the Beach
When in Galway do as the locals and take a plunge off Blackrock Diving Tower. We’re sure you’ve seen it gracing your Instagram and Facebook feed before and now it’s your chance to make some memories and jump into the sea. Just don’t forget to kick the wall across from the diving tower for luck! Right next to the diving tower is a lovely green area where you can join a weekend morning yoga class by the ocean with Yoga with Misha. It’s a great way to relax and reconnect with yourself before diving into the rest of your day plans.
Walk The Prom
Whether you want to stroll, walk, run or cycle it, Salthill’s 2km Promenade is well worth wandering down. You don’t have to do it all and the spectacular views speak for themselves so be sure you check it out for yourself. You’ll encounter people of all ages and their doggies enjoying the seaside walkway, we recommend walking it when the sun is rising or setting as the skies over the bay are really magical at those times. Add a bit more excitement to your walk by calling into Curry's Funpark and spending the afternoon trying out the different rides.
Visit Galway Atlantaquaria
Right next door to Ground & Co. is Galway Atlantaquaria, Ireland’s largest native species aquarium. If you have kids this is a great way to keep them entertained while also teaching them about Ireland native sea life through clear and interesting displays, informed helpful staff and exciting live presentations and animal interaction sessions. Afterwards, an ice cream from The Creamery comes highly recommended.Published on Updated on