Cork is Ireland’s understated largest county. Dotted with evergreen plantations and massive dairy farms, Cork City is the second largest city in Ireland; it has a strong artistic, intellectual and cultural life of its own. Built on the River Lee, the city center sits tightly inside a 1-kilometer wide island inside the river. Cork is an excellent destination for a mini break – its wharfs, old warehouses, bridges, and tiny backstreets offer a perfect setting for a leisurely stroll. Just outside Cork is Kinsale, a colorful upscale resort town built on a sheltered harbor at the mouth of Bandon River. Kinsale is considered the culinary capital of southwest Ireland and offers plenty of sophisticated restaurants and friendly pubs. During your exploration of Kinsale you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy activities such as sailing, golfing, and fishing, while admiring the town’s quaint and beautiful setting.