Sunday 13 April 2014

Dublin - a breath of fresh air

Image Credit: Canadian Pacific on flickr

No break in the Irish capital is complete without sampling the craic in its numerous pubs and bars and the abundance of cheap hotels in Dublin means you can easily do this. But when you feel you’ve had too much of a good thing, it’s lovely to escape the hustle and bustle of the city centre and get back to nature. Luckily Dublin has many natural beauty spots well worth making a short trip for during your stay.

Howth Harbour
Easy to get to by bus or the DART, Howth is a picturesque fishing village that’s perfect for a bracing walk when you feel like blowing off a few cobwebs. Enjoy the scenery and make sure you stop at one of the many cafes or pubs to recharge your batteries. If you’re lucky you’ll see the resident seals – but this is no longer guaranteed as feeding them on the pier is now banned, as they were getting too fat!

Situated to the South of Dublin, Dalkey is where city meets sea in style.  Enjoy a bracing walk on the beach and an ice-cream, then take a stroll through the village and check out all the lovely boutiques and cafes that the well-heeled residents of this affluent area enjoy.

Powerscourt Estate
This vast country estate is the perfect place to spend a lazy Sunday. The main draw is the stunning waterfall  - the highest in Ireland. There’s also a great play area and wonderful opportunities to shop and eat in scrumptious style at AVOCA. If the weather’s nice, make sure you grab a table on the terrace.

These are just a few ideas for seeing a greener side to Dublin but if time is short there’s always St Stephen’s Green in the city centre, which is just beautiful too.

Image Credit: Michal Osmenda on flickr

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