Green landscapes, the joviality of the locals and the bracing air of Ireland instantly call out to any traveller. The extremely well preserved Gaelic culture and prehistoric monuments have an almost magical quality that drags you far back in time and place.
Ireland combines the beauty of landscapes with countless activities. Biking, horse riding, fishing, hiking, pubs, and festivals are just a few of the treats that must be sampled.
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In addition to its lush fauna, Ireland boasts a huge range of culture and tradition to be enjoyed all year round. " Irish pubs a>" for a much needed pint, whiskey distilleries, castles and museums, are all good reasons to visit for a weekend (or more!). Dublin a>, Cork a>, Kilnelly a> or Galway a> are four perfectly sized cities, easily discovered on foot without getting out of breath!
Green is the colour of the Irish countryside. Nicknamed the "Green Erin?, the Republic of Ireland offers a very dense and wild landscape. The prairies cover 68% of the territory throughout the year. The green of the grasslands mingles with the black and red of the peat bogs.
Cliffs, rocky coasts or sandy beaches: the Irish coast offers a variety of places to discover and even the water is cool enough for bathing in the summer.
To see fauna and flora, visit the national parks. Do not miss out on Killarney Park in the southwest of the island.
Irish culture is basically of Celtic origin, although local populations were already present before the arrival of this people from central Europe. This gave rise to a specific language, Gaelic, as well as to a variety of traditions which have become part of the local folklore.
Ireland has many monuments, some are recent and others are very old, but most of them are invariably associated with mysteries and legends depicting the still active traditions of the island.