From its early beginnings as an agricultural, maritime and industrial centre, Malahide has developed into a modern, progressive town. While retaining its 'village' atmosphere in the centre of the town, Malahide has established a reputation as one of Dublin's most desirable places to live.
Often described as a picturesque maritime village, Malahide has been the overall winner of the Tidy Town Competition and in the summer months attracts both Dubliners and tourists to enjoy the local ambience.
The sea has played a major role in the development of tourism in the town. The extensive Velvet Strand stretches to the horizon and is extremely popular with bathers and water sports enthusiasts. Malahide also boasts a marina with some three hundred berths and the only natural inlet along the East Coast. As a result Malahide is a popular destination for visiting yachts from both Ireland and overseas.
Malahide has also acquired a reputation as the gourmet capital of the East Coast, with an array of restaurants noted for the quality and variety of their food representing many nationalities. Pubs with traditional music and accommodation ranging from a grade A hotel with extensive conference facilities to an abundance of moderately priced B&B's are among the other visitor attractions.
Among the factors contributing to this status are the natural beauty and amenities such as the beaches and castle grounds, the extensive range of shopping facilities, an excellent social life.