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Park House Hotel
Park House Hotel

Forster Street, Eyre Squre, Galway

4.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (1,079 reviews)

Park House Hotel is a 2-minute walk from Galway Train Station and Eyre Square. Guests can stroll 10 minutes to The Spanish …

£72
Maldron Hotel Sandy Road Galway
Maldron Hotel Sandy Road Galway

Sandy Road, Galway

4.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (879 reviews)

Located in Galway City Centre, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Planet Entertainment Centre, Galway Cathedral, and St. …

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Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Galway
Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Galway

Lough Atalia Road, Galway

4.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (729 reviews)

About a 5-minute walk from the city center, this hotel is located along Lough Atalia and overlooks Galway Bay. Eyre Square, S …

£92
The Western Hotel
The Western Hotel

33 Prospect Hill, Galway

3.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (786 reviews)

Located in the center of Galway, this family-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Galway Tours and St. Nicholas' …

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Salthill Hotel
Salthill Hotel

Promenade, Galway

4.0 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (802 reviews)

Offering direct access to the beach, this Salthill hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Leisureland and National Aquarium of …

£54
The Wild Atlantic Lodge
The Wild Atlantic Lodge

Main Street, Ballyvaughan

3.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Newton Castle and within 3 mi (5 km) of Newtown Castle and Burren …

£54
Eyre Square Hotel
Eyre Square Hotel

Forster Street, Eyre Square, Galway HP1 TCP0

3.0 out of 5.0
3.8 out of 5 (460 reviews)

Located in Galway City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Eyre Square, St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church, and …

£50
Glenlo Abbey Hotel
Glenlo Abbey Hotel

Bushypark, Galway

5.0 out of 5.0
4.6 out of 5 (198 reviews)

Located in the heart of Galway, this luxury hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of National University of Ireland-Galway, Galway …

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Harbour Hotel
Harbour Hotel

New Dock Road, Galway

3.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (622 reviews)

This Galway hotel is a three-minute walk from Eyre Square and the shops, pubs, and restaurants of Quay Street. The Spanish …

£67
Ballynahinch Castle Hotel
Ballynahinch Castle Hotel

Recess, Ballynahinch

4.0 out of 5.0
4.7 out of 5 (92 reviews)

Located in Connemara, this eco-friendly hotel is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Dan O'Hara's Connemara Heritage and History Centre and …

£152
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Pocket Guide: Carraroe Coral Beach Hotels

For most beaches, the absence of sand would be a major detraction. But Coral Beach is one of nature’s rare wonders and is a source of endless fascination for conservationists and nature lovers. The beach is made of what appears to be small fragments of coral and has plenty to interest every visitor.

Coral Beach is a few miles from Galway City and there are a good number of beachfront hotels, intimate guesthouses, and family-run bed and breakfasts in the area to choose from.

Coral Beach: An Area of Outstanding Beauty

Coral Beach is known in Gaelic as Trá an Dóilín, and stretches out along Galway Bay near the village of Carraroe. It was named Coral Beach but the term coral is a misnomer – the beach is actually a living creature. The rocks are actually made of coralline algae, also called maerl, which is highly important in conservation terms.

For visitors to the beach, it’s immediately obvious that there is no sand, as the maerl pebbles can be sharp – so bring flip-flops or beach shoes. The maerl grow in Greatman’s Bay, among the islands clustered around the western shoreline of County Galway, and after they die they wash up on Coral Beach. They are red while alive, but when they die they break up into brown, grey and white fragments. The habitat it creates is almost unique in Ireland, where very little maerl is found.

Coral Beach has been awarded a blue flag for its cleanliness and pristine conservation. There is a lifeguard on duty at certain times and the beach has public changing facilities and toilets. The edges of the beach have some great rockpools to find sea life and you can also find some amenities nearby.

Carraroe Village

One of the great sights from Coral Beach is the great variety of boats and sea vessels that range along the Galway coastline. In particular, it’s often possible to see regattas of Galway Hookers, a variety of native Irish boat. Carraroe is one of the most important places in Ireland for the Galway Hooker industry, and is the centre for the Féile an Dóilín, a festival in honour of the Galway Hooker. The boats were originally used to take peat bog turf – an important fuel in old Ireland – around Galway and County Clare.

Nowadays, most of the Galway Hookers are used for racing and on a fine day there are few grander sights than seeing a fleet of these boats tearing around the Atlantic.

Staying near Coral Beach

The beauty of Coral Beach draws thousands of visitors every year who enjoy the unique blend of leisure and conservation. The surrounding area has some great hotels to choose from and Expedia can help out, giving you plenty of information to make the right choice and find the perfect place for you. Coral Beach is a must see for anyone visiting Galway.

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