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Spanish Point is perched on the stunning coastline of County Clare, close to some of Ireland's most renowned attractions. A hotbed of Irish music and culture, it takes its name from the unfortunate events of 1588, when many ships of the Spanish Armada were wrecked by storms here. It is within easy reach of the Cliffs of Moher, the Ailwee Caves, and the Burren.
Spanish Point beach is located on the northern side of the village. It is a fine sandy beach popular among swimming enthusiasts and families. Anglers fish the flooding tide for flatfish and bass, and Black Rock at the northern end of the beach is good for pollock.
Spanish Point has a thriving traditional Irish music scene, offering several pubs with regular traditional entertainment. The annual Willie Clancy Summer School attracts thousands of traditional music fans to the nearby town of Milltown Malbay every summer.
Spanish Point Golf Club is a mature links course that presents a challenge for even the most experienced player. Overlooking the beach at Spanish Point, it offers both exceptional views and strong Atlantic winds, particularly at the sixth par three. The renowned Lahinch course and Doonbeg Golf Club are also situated nearby.
One of Ireland’s most popular attractions, the Cliffs of Moher are just 23 km from Spanish Point. Soaring 214 metres up from the Atlantic, the cliffs offer a spectacular panorama along an 8km stretch of the Atlantic Coast.
Ireland’s leading show cave and one of the oldest caves in the country, Aillwee Cave lies 46 km from Spanish Point in the heart of the Burren. A tour brings you across bridged gulfs, beneath strange formations, and alongside the roaring waterfall
Extending across about 250 square kilometres, the Burren is one of Europe’s largest karst landscapes. The limestone pavements are criss-crossed by cracks called clints, which teem with a bizarre mixture of arctic, Mediterranean and alpine plants. The eerie landscape is also home to a wide range of historic and archaeological sites.
Spanish Point is also one of Clare’s best locations for surfing, offering a large number and variety of wave breaks. It is a particularly good site for beginners or surfers with longboards.
Wavemasters Surf and Music Festival is an annual event held in Spanish Point over the June bank holiday weekend. Based in the Bellbridge House Hotel in Spanish Point, it has featured surfing demonstrations by members of the Irish surf team, as well as music by popular artists including Damien Dempsey.
Caherconnell is one of the most intact stone forts in the Burren. The visitor centre in Castleconnell is open from March to the end of October and features an audio-visual presentation and a graphic display area.
The region around Spanish Point offers a wide variety of fishing for anglers. The rivers and lakes in the vicinity are renowned for an abundance of trout and even salmon. Use lugworm and sandeel to fish the flooding tide at Spanish Point for flatfish and bass, or go to the Black Rock at the beach’s northern end to spin for pollock.
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