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Ireland
Ireland, also called Eire, is a republic on the British Isles, west of England.
The country occupies approximately 83% of the territory of the island of Ireland, where the Catholic population is majority. The remaining 17% form Protestant-majority Northern Ireland (Ulster), which remains linked to the United Kingdom. The Irish territory covers an area of ​​70 284 km² (less than the state of Santa Catarina). It has been an independent country since 1916 (it belonged to the United Kingdom, and only had its independence actually recognized in 1922).
The land of ancient Celtic culture - full of myths, legends and the famous feast of St. Patrick - is the third largest island in Europe. The landscapes of beautiful countryside and rustic chalets blend in with the bustling life of big cities, such as the capital Dublin and vibrant Belfast.
The Irish people exude sympathy and joy. Almost half of the population is young people who love to sing, dance and tell jokes. They cultivate the rite of pubs, considered the center of the social life of the Irish.
U2, James Joyce and Guinness beer are some of the delights that the Irish gave us and that you can check out when visiting the country. The local beauty is enchanting and makes the experience unforgettable.
The Island of Ireland is known as Emerald Island because it is very green due to the rains. It is divided into Republic of Ireland (occupies most of the territory) and Northern Ireland. On the Irish west coast there are hills and low mountains; Already in the center of the country, the surface is relatively flat, cut by rivers and large lakes.
Official language
Gaelic (Irish) and English
Currency
Euro
Documentation
The documentation required to travel to Ireland varies by country of origin.
For citizens of the European Union, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein just have a valid passport or photo ID.
Coming from a country other than those listed above, the maximum stay in Ireland is 90 days.
There are countries whose citizens are required to have a valid tourist visa in order to enter Ireland.
Citizens of these countries may also travel to Ireland if they have a residence permit or long-stay visa issued by another EU country (with the exception of the United Kingdom, Romania, Bulgaria and Cyprus), Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Lichtenstein.
Citizens of all other countries must be in possession of documents justifying the purpose and conditions of their stay as well as sufficient economic resources for their stay for the period they intend to stay in Ireland.
The documents that are required to present vary depending on the reason for the trip.
Given the various conditions required for entry into Ireland, it is suggested that you contact the Irish Embassy or Consulate in the visitor's country of residence to verify these requirements before commencing your trip.
Tourism
Ireland is a small paradise of meadows and pastures, yet offers landscapes to avoid boredom.
The east coast of the island has sandy beaches while the west coast has breathtaking cliffs. The Ring of Kerry is a wonder of green and blue, while Connemara's landscapes are a palette of shades of brown.
Big and beautiful cities like Dublin, Belfast, Cork or Galway and the beautiful villages that offer charming hospitality and especially appreciate the island's excellence in the lively social gathering places.
Return to prehistoric times is present everywhere: churches, castles, monasteries, relics of the first inhabitants.
Ireland is a small island that is open to all possibilities: romantic getaway, a short break from rural tourism, ecotourism. Discovering the capital is an interesting option.
If we are looking for peace, the green interior is ideal at any time of the year, whether in County Kerry and the famous Connemara, where the deep country with its lakes and marshes, its sheep and its shepherds lies, with all the your culture and traditions.
In the southwest of Ireland, the city of Cork and the surrounding area with castles and monasteries are also an alternative that meets with contact with nature and culture.
The circuit of Cork and Southern Ireland is beautiful, from there you can take the path to the Ring of Kerry. a beautiful route that winds through lakes, «mountains and pebble beaches,« reaching the shores of Dingle Peninsula streams.
The Galway circuit and western Ireland is a perfect choice, the city of Galway is vibrant and friendly and the Connemara area is irresistible. The Burren and Cliffs of Moher Plain is breathtaking.
An unusual circuit: Dublin and Belfast, two completely different cities. In Dublin Ireland, and Belfast we are in England.
If you eventually travel to Dublin, visit Trinity College, leisurely Grafton Street and drink the famous Guinness in a classic pub.
A thousand years of history on the cobbled streets of Temple Bar, Georgian Dublin, the new offices of the Docklands.
But Dublin is not just the past, but the present and the future, with fashion shops, countless weekend sporting events, or the best of music and theater in the city's night scenes. The city never sleeps.
There is something for everyone from Trinity College in the city center with its peaceful atmosphere and a fascinating mix of architectural styles, such as the 1200-year-old Book of Kells, a true national treasure. In addition, the National Museum, along with Dublin Castle, Kilmainham Dungeons, Parliament and Government Building at Leinster House, Christ Church Cathedral, and the Gaelic Athletic Association Museum at Croke Park.
Ireland has much more to see and visit than visitors have to visit more often.
Gastronomy
Irish cuisine is not very fancy. The only way to describe it is as traditional and healthy, country-style home-style cuisine filled with hot soups and stews, home-made bread and baked, fried, baked potatoes and in every way imaginable!
Typical Irish dishes include bacon and kale, Irish pheasant, Dublin Bay prawns, seaweed. In the west of Ireland, excellent seafood is produced, most of it cooked by traditional methods dating back to secular methods!
The best known whiskeys in Ireland are Jameson, Paddy and Bushmills. Guinness is the traditional beer of Ireland, being the most important, famous and main in the country. This beer is also very popular with oysters. The Clarinbridge Oyster Festival that takes place in Clara County each year is an incredibly popular event.
Ireland has become a multicultural country, and this has mirrored the kitchen, which has influences from around the world.
Weather
Ireland is an island situated in the Atlantic Ocean, its location and lack of large mountains make the climate typically oceanic, with the climate characteristics of the Irish climate extremely variable, mild temperatures, persistent fog and frequent rainfall. , with more than 200 days of rain on average each year.
The wettest regions of the island of Ireland are the south-west mountain slope areas, where there is about 3,000 mm of rainfall per year, while the eastern coastal area is the driest, where annual precipitation varies between 600 and 700 mm, but most of Ireland receives an average of between 800 and 1400 mm of precipitation per year.
Regarding temperatures, they are quite mild in summer, average temperatures range between 15 ° C and 20 ° C, while in colder months, average temperatures are between 3 ° C and 10 ° C.
Security
The safety conditions are satisfactory. The Republic of Ireland can generally be considered a safe place for travelers. However, account should be taken of the rise in crime in recent years, particularly in the Dublin area, particularly in the case of theft of documents and wallets, as well as night-time violence caused by excess alcohol. Although tourists are not the preferred target for this type of crime, it is recommended to keep some of your money, documents (ID and Passport) and other valuables in a safe place (eg hotel safe).
If you are a victim of crime, you should go to the nearest Garda Station, which immediately contacts the Irish Tourist Assistance Service (ITAS). This service allows you to use telephone, fax and e-mail and contacts your country's embassy if necessary.
Health
The health care system in Ireland is free and reasonably efficient. The level of coverage each person receives, however, depends on their financial conditions - the less they earn, the more free assistance they have. Free medical care usually takes a long time. Waiting lists for individuals without private health insurance can go on for years - even for critical operations such as the heart. Therefore, having a private health insurance is extremely important.
Telecommunications and Electricity
Mobile Phones
Mobile use can be used if you have roaming enabled, however, pay attention to very high roaming charges.

Internet
The country is well served by internet services, there are several cyber cafes with high speed connections.
In case you have a laptop or notebook, there are numerous cafes that offer the free wifi connection.

Electricity
The electricity is 220 Volt 50 Hz and with three-pin plugs.
It is advisable to have a plug adapter kit.
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