The Spanish Arch
The Spanish Arch
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jaypea
Hoboken, NJ66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
access point to beautiful views of galway bay and the long walk. the arches have an interesting history and we walked along the pier at sunset before dinner in the latin quarter. the swans in the bay really make it look like a scene right out of a painting.
Written 26 September 2022
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Guia H
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The most incredible spot in Galway, you can not get the full experience without visiting this incredible piece of history and art. The amazing underwhelming feeling of being under such magnificent architectural quiescence. I could feel my whole Spanish heritage embrace the essence of the arch and the mysteries surrounding it, why is called the Spanish arch? What was the reason behind it? There's no information there, as the most intricate From Software lore, you need to get into the small amount of information online that the Spanish arch communities create to be able to understand the naming and the history. 10/10 Metacritic must play.
Written 1 April 2024
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DeanMurphy2020
Orlando, FL7,684 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Solo
Constructed by Spaniards in 1584—four years before the Spanish Armada sank in a freak storm but which is attributed to Queen Elizabeth’s navy—as part of the City Wall, only two of the original four arches remain. In the immediate vicinity, there are City Wall remnants, a museum, and several restaurants, a great place to enjoy the afternoon. For those on a tight travel budget, there's no charge. By modern standards, this does not top attraction lists, but considering Conquistadors were thousands of miles from home and constructed the City Wall and these arches with rudimentary tools makes, in itself, for architectural magnificence. If the Empire State Building remains in almost 500 years, how will TripAdvisor reviewers rate it? Try lifting ten-ton blocks of stone with wood beams and rope, and you may appreciate more what is here. The City Wall extends into and has been preserved inside a large shopping mall, but at the port city of Galway where River Corrib meets the ocean, these arches remain a testimony to construction that has lasted far longer than anything in America. Well, excluding an 18 trillion dollar debt, which will remain for eternity.
Written 16 August 2014
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JohnRegoPark
Rego Park, NY1,244 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
As ruins go, this isn't much. Certainly not enough to go out of your way to see. However, it does sit beside a wonderful riverbank that makes the perfect place to plant yourself and watch the world go by.
Written 25 September 2019
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Kavo85
Dublin, Ireland999 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
The arch is located at the bottom on quay street on the banks of the river. Plenty of activity in the area by way of restaurants and bars.

Id consider this more of a meeting point than an attraction so to speak.
Written 28 July 2020
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AllanH328
Bethesda, MD553 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
You can't miss the Spanish Arch if you are strolling along the waterfront. It is a distinctive monument near Latin Quarter and heart of tourist section. We could even see it from our Jury's hotel room. The views from the area of Bay were nice. Definitely make a quick stop to view if visiting Galway
Written 19 October 2019
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HowlnBubba
Key Largo, FL1,399 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Fortunately, we do our homework before travelling, but the site could use better signage. BTW, you need to understand what the arch represents, not just what it looks like.
The arch was built in the 16th century as an extension of the city walls to protect ships from looters, with a garrison and cannons on the roof. Oddly, its name only relates to former Spanish merchant ships which docked here, and the name was applied onlyb in the 1800's. It protected the former fish market, which was re-named to the more appealing Spanish Parade. The arch was partly destroyed by a tsunami in 1755.
It is now attached to the Galway City Museum
Written 28 September 2019
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BuzzMcdonnell
Castletown, UK7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Family
Good for few cans with timo tbh always get sick on the arch though so would rate 14/19 ba bo bey bo do ba ba
Written 11 September 2019
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Anita Schneider
Dubai, United Arab Emirates69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Family
A lovely historical and scenic place in Galway. A cute hungry seal, lots of seagulls and rainbow - all painted a perfect picture of Galway in our memory. The fishermen gave us some leftover fish bones to feed the seal. It was entertaining. Very close to the city center.
Written 9 September 2019
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Brian K
Vancouver, Canada52 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Couples
the Spanish arch has its place, it is part of the river walk.
you wouldnt make a special stop just for the arch as it is not particular large nor detailed.
A piece of medieval history. a good starting point of your exploration of this city.
Written 18 March 2017
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