The Irish capital is much more than goblins, green clovers and beer (although just looking for these three ingredients we can enjoy a wonderful trip). Founded by the Vikings and resplendent since the Middle Ages, this time we stroll through Dublin And we want to share it with you. We loved it!
Leave home and let the adventure begin
The Dublin writer James Joyce (famous for his work Ulises) said in his book Dubliners that adventures don't happen if we stay locked at home. Therefore, we have obeyed him and organized a walk through his hometown (which also saw the birth of Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw and Samuel Becket ... we don't know what he has Dublin, that "creates" such fantastic writers.Four Courts - M.V. Photography
To start the city tour nothing better than a good breakfast to charge the batteries and have a lot of energy. Dubliners take the phrase "eat breakfast like a king" very seriously because their tables combine bread, tomatoes, beans, bacon, fried eggs, sausages and fried champignons. With all that in your stomach you have no choice but to go for a walk to lower calories.
O'Connell Street is one of the widest in Europe and among the most popular in the Irish capital. At every step you will run into a historic or prominent building, such as the Post Office and the Monument of Light (120 meters high).Trinity College - David Soanes
Once you cross the O'Connell Bridge (across the Liffey River) you will arrive at Trinity College, the first university of the city, founded in 1592 and whose inner courtyard and its library (which has an original writing of the year 800) are a haven of tranquility.
Following the path You will find St. Patrick's Cathedral, patron of Ireland, built in 1220 and surrounded by really beautiful gardens. Very close there is Dublin Castle, erected rectangular and originally a fortress with four circular towers at each end.
What we see today is a reconstruction of the eighteenth century, since the previous one was destroyed by a fire. The circular garden in front of the castle is inspired by Celtic culture and was created in the old black pool that was fed by the river and served as a moat. It is possible to say that "Dubh Linn" in Gaelic means precisely "black pool" and from there derives the name of the city.Dublin Castle - Lauren Orr
Since we talk about gardens, we can not stop walking through some of the many that are scattered throughout the city (For a reason Dublin receives the nickname "green capital"). One of the most famous and oldest is St. Stephens Green and, without a doubt, among the most visited is Merrion Square Park with its statues, including that of Oscar Wilde.
Before the end of the day (yes, all this in one day)We recommend you go shopping at Grafton Street and its department stores or the St. Stephen's Green Shopping Center, a glass and metal building built over a century ago that houses several stores.Temple Bar - Alberto Gonzalez Limon / Flickr.com
To close this tour of Dublin with a flourish, you cannot go to bed without having drunk a classic Guiness beer. Where? Temple Bar is the best known site, although there are many others in the same neighborhood where also listen to typical Irish music.
Additional walks in Dublin
If all of the above has known you little or you have one more day available in the capital of Ireland you can go to Kilmainham Gaol, the prison that witnessed local political conflicts (accessed with a guided tour in English). You can also visit Old Jameson Distillery, the most popular whiskey factory in the city, where the elaboration process is learned and where the entrance includes a tasting.Ha'Penny Bridge - PlusONE
Another alternative is to tour the Temple Bar Food Market, in the same neighborhood of the brewery, but in this case a weekend fair to taste from oysters to sheep cheese. You can look for the statue of Molly Malone, which represents a fishmonger with a generous cleavage that died in the street because of the fever (Grafton Street), or cross the Ha'penny Bridge, a bridge with a curious history that you will have to discover.
"When I die, Dublin will be written in my heart."
The tour could not be complete if you were not at The Brazen Head, the oldest pub in the country (It was founded in 1198) and visited by personalities such as James Joyce (there is a museum that exhibits very strange objects belonging to the writer), Winston Churchill and the revolutionary leader Michael Collins. Ideal for a beer and some mussels with white wine.