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Dublin, a breath of fresh air

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Always invigorating, the Irish capital with its Viking origins is modern and cultural, warm and welcoming. UNESCO City of Literature, Dublin has preserved its magnificent historical heritage, from its centuries-old pubs to its Georgian architecture, and the majestic Trinity College.

Need a change of air? Then it's time for a break in Dublin; especially now that the city has been listed by Lonely Planet among the top 10 destinations in the world to visit in 2016! Located on the east coast of the aptly named "Emerald Isle", Dublin developed from a medieval centre and then around the castle. A city on a human scale, where you can wander on foot or by bike, the Irish capital has 1000 years of history, from its Viking roots on the banks of the River Liffey to its medieval churches, from elegant Georgian streets to majestic buildings, a legacy of the British era.

 

From this Georgian period (eighteenth century), Dublin has preserved its finest architectural treasures like the iconic red brick buildings in Merrion Square, Fitzwilliam Square and Parnell Square, where elegant painted doors seem to welcome you. Nearby, Trinity College is another gem of classical architecture. Seat of Irish history and culture, Trinity College is the oldest university in Ireland. Founded in 1592, it is a veritable institution, whose library houses the permanent display of the "Book of Kells", one of the most lavish illuminated manuscripts of the Middle Ages.

 

Birthplace of some of the greatest names in literature, music and design, Dublin has inspired generations of artists. A true literary capital, distinguished as such by UNESCO, Dublin can be proud of having produced four Nobel Prize winners for Literature: George Bernard Shaw, William Butler Yeats, Samuel Beckett and Seamus Heaney.

If you like art, don’t miss the National Gallery or the Dublin City Gallery, which houses Francis Bacon’s authentic workshop, transferred from London in 2001. But music also runs through Dublin’s veins: this is where huge stars like U2, Sinead O'Connor and Thin Lizzy made their débuts, not to mention the more traditional sounds of the Dubliners and the Chieftains.

 

For the full Irish pub experience, visit the Temple Bar district. Located in central Dublin, this area is bursting with vitality, day and night. It’s a must if you want to discover the warm atmosphere of pubs, great places to spend time and meet the Irish: a real social institution of the green island! To the west of the old town, on the south bank, the area known as the Liberties offers another, more popular side of Dublin, but one that’s also more authentic. This is where the fun Guinness Storehouse reveals the secrets of brewing its famous beer, and where you can also taste it, in moderation, of course...

And for an authentic Dublin experience, don’t miss the greyhound races, held in Shelbourne Park and Harold's Cross: a unique spectacle that draws Dubliners in the evenings, after work, to bet on the best dogs.

 

For a family holiday, there are also plenty of activities on offer: a trip to Dublin Zoo, a visit to Iveagh Gardens, with its fountains and waterfall, a walk through Saint Stephen's Green or a picnic in Phoenix Park, where the presidential residence is located (Áras an Uachtarain) and where there are even wild deer!

 

In the surrounding area, from the sea to the mountains, Dublin County also has countless treasures for you to discover. Following the horseshoe curve of Dublin Bay, from Howth to Dalkey, enjoy an invigorating swim from 40 Foot at Sandycove, a boat trip from Malahide to the islands, sailing off Dun Laoghaire or kayaking up the River Liffey... You can even go hiking in the Dublin mountains: from Wicklow Mountains National Park to the millennial monastic site of Glendalough, the heather covered hills abound with spectacular views and legends!

 

 

 

WHAT TO SEE IN DUBLIN

 

Sites et monuments

  • Kilmainham Jail.
  • Old Jameson Distillery.
  • Christ Church Cathedral.

 

Museums

  • National Museum of Ireland (free admission).
  • Modern Art Museum (free admission).
  • Dublin Writers Museum.
  • Hugh Lane Gallery.
  • The Little Museum of Dublin.
  • Irish Whiskey Museum.
  • Dublinia Museum.
  • Chester Beatty Library.

 

Park

  • Powerscourt House.

 

 

GASTRONOMY IN DUBLIN

 

Seafood

  • Dingle Bay oysters and crab.
  • Galway Bay oysters.
  • Hillsborough oysters.
  • Smoked salmon and eel.
  • Dublin Bay shrimps

 

Dishes

  • Irish breakfast: traditional breakfast of sausages, bacon, baked beans, fried tomatoes and eggs cooked to your liking. There are different variations with mushrooms, hash browns (grated potato pancakes), black pudding, smoked salmon or haddock, served with toast and sometimes traditional soda bread.
  • Irish Stew (national dish): lamb, mutton or beef stew.
  • Fish & Chips.
  • Coddle (or Dublin hotpot): sausage, bacon, potatoes and onions.
  • Corned Beef with cabbage: corned beef with wedges of boiled green cabbage, seasoned with herbs (thyme and parsley). Usually served with potatoes.
  • Connemara or Kerry lamb.
  • Sausages flavoured with Mayo seaweed.
  • Hereford beef.
  • Savoury pie.
  • Clonakilty black and white pudding.

 

Cheeses

  • Local cheeses.

 

 

Pastries

  • Scones: sweet or savoury, to enjoy at tea time.
  • Irish Christmas Cake: with frosting and candied fruits, almonds and walnuts.

 

Drinks

  • Guinness stout, full of character, with a rich texture and creamy head.
  • Other stout beers: Murphy's and Beamish.
  • Smithwick's: red ale with a light, caramel taste.
  • Harp lager.
  • Irish coffee: cocktail of hot coffee, Irish whiskey and sugar, topped with a layer of cream.
  • Irish Whiskey.
  • Cider.
  • Irish mist: liqueur of four different spirits and four aromatic herbs.
  • Sheridan's: vanilla liqueur with chocolate and coffee liqueur.
  • Irish Flag shot: a layer of crème de menthe (green), a layer of Baileys (white) and a layer of brandy (orange).
  • Poteen: a traditional Irish distilled beverage, produced legally or clandestinely.
  • Tea.

 

 

UNMISSABLE EVENTS IN DUBLIN

 

  • January: Temple Bar festival.
  • February: Jameson Dublin International Film Festival.
  • March: St. Patrick's Day (17 March).
  • May: International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, Dublin Dance Festival, Dublin Writers Festival.
  • June: Taste of Dublin food festival, Bloomsday Festival in Dublin (Literary Festival in honour of James Joyce).
  • July: Dublin Horse Show.
  • August: Dublin Festival of World Cultures.
  • September: Fringe Festival (concerts, shows, exhibitions, performances...), Hurling Championship finals (a kind of Field Hockey), Gaelic Football Championship finals, Ranelagh Arts Festival.
  • October: Bram Stoker festival at Halloween (for fans of horror films and books), Dublin Theatre Festival, Flower Festival, Dublin Marathon.


 

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