The popular tourist town of Lisdoonvarna nestles in the heart of the Burren region about 20 miles north-west of Ennis in County Clare. Famous for its annual Matchmakers Festival that draws 'singles' from all over the world, Lisdoonvarna also has the only natural spa water in Ireland, and it is for these two attractions that it is known worldwide.
Lisdoonvarna's Spa Wells Health Centre, the only spa in Ireland, is famous for its healing sulphur and chalybeate springs, and has a Victorian pump house, sauna, a massage room and mineral baths - all in beautiful woodland surroundings.
Every September, one of Europe's largest matchmaking events - Lisdoonvarna Matchmakers Festival - is held in the town, attracting over 40,000 romantic hopefuls and accompanying revellers ... in search of love!
The Burren Smokehouse Visitor Centre is a well-known attraction in Lisdoonvarna, famous for the very fine oak smoked Atlantic salmon it produces. Visitors to the centre can learn the ancient tradition of cold smoking salmon and also the folklore of salmon.
The Lisdoonvarna Horse Racing Festival and the Marching Bands Festival weekdn are more examples of the numerous festivals and celebrations hosted in Lisdoonvarna each year.
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