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Off-peak, out-of-the-way Europe

Beat the summer crowds with a cosmopolitan week away — off the beaten path and off-peak season.
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Book one of these European hot spots before school breaks, the prices jump, the temperatures rise and the museum queues snake around the block, and enjoy sandy beaches, city promenades, hiking trails, historic landmarks or a cool combination thereof!

Galway, Ireland

This university town has a youthful, bohemian vibe yet is firmly anchored to its colourful marine heritage. A favourite of artists, poets and musicians for decades, it’s chock full of busy markets, engaging galleries, great food and all the Irish folk music you can handle.

Extracurricular: Galway is one of the stops on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, a 2,500-kilometre driving route along the west coast from Donegal to Cork.

Taste to try: Cockles and mussels, alive, alive-o! The Galway oysters are the freshest you will ever taste. Fancy mashed potatoes? Yes, colcannon and champ is a hearty dish of potatoes with spring onions, cabbage and herbs.

Bonus tip: The Aran Islands at the mouth of Galway Bay make for a great day trip. Find historical Bronze and Iron Age forts, a 14th-century castle, the scenic Cliffs of Aran, a colony of seals and the secluded Kilmurvey Beach.

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