A green paradise of coastal mountains and low plains, it is easy to see why people often refer to the Republic of Ireland as 'the Emerald Isle.' Home to passionate citizens with a lively Celtic spirit, visitors to Ireland can observe the importance of local traditions which date back to the country's long history that includes Viking raids and Norman invasions.
With its cold winters and rainy climate, most people don't visit Ireland for the weather! Ireland holidays are instead renowned for the country's lush vegetation, fascinating history and contagious Irish spirit.
There are many different options for Ireland tours but most include visits to at least one of Ireland's UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Bru na Boinne, Skellig Michael and the Giant's Causeway. Other must-visit places include the Cliffs of Moher, Holy Cross Abbey and Blarney Castle, all of which you can find explained in any Ireland travel guide.
Flights to Ireland are frequent from airports throughout Europe and North America, with a variety of airlines offering daily routes. The most important city for tourism is Dublin, a place synonymous with Guinness beer. Many visitors opt to visit the Guinness Storehouse, where you can take a tour and sample the Irish brew.
Another popular attraction in Dublin is the Prospect Cemetery, where history comes alive on one of their in-depth historical tours. A visit to Ireland wouldn't be complete without immersing yourself in the local Celtic culture. Local art, music and dance serve to remind you of the country's old traditions and even the food is influenced by the country's historic crops.
Enjoy a taste of tradition at the Irish pub
Don't miss visiting a local Irish pub, ordering a Guinness and a bowl of hot Irish stew. For dessert try an Irish coffee – a mix of strong coffee and Irish whiskey that is sure to warm you up.
For a visit to Ireland's countryside take a trip to County Donegal, a rather isolated county in the north of the country. Known for its stunning beaches, cliffs and hills, it is also home to one of Ireland's most scenic treasures, Glenveagh National Park.
From Celtic concerts and traditional breweries, to isolated beaches and jagged cliffs, Ireland has a unique charm and beauty that just begs to be discovered. If you are looking to combine natural beauty and sprawling green countryside with lively cities full of local traditions, Ireland is an ideal destination for your next holiday.