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Cork City is a very charming, vibrant and hippy city in Ireland. It is one of the most popular cities in Ireland, frequented by backpackers, younger tourists and families. The city has always been one of the most important seaports in the country. It has a great location on the banks of River Lee, which flows right through the city. Cork is not that warm tourist destination, with July and August being the hottest months with average temperatures of 16 C. January and February are the wettest months of the year with most rainfall.
Cork`s streets are mostly narrow and hilly, but South Mall and St.Patrick`s are two larger streets built on places that used to be river channels in the old times. River Lee flows through two water channels, and there are many nice bridges in the city. Walking and exploring streets of Cork is a very nice and memorable experience. St. Finbarre`s Cathedral is one of the oldest monuments in the city, designed in distinctive French-Gothic style. Saint Finbarre is the patron saint of Cork, and this Cathedral has a special place in Cork`s history.
Besides historic cathedrals, Cork has plenty of options when it comes to shopping or dining. There are numerous boutiques and designer shops, as well as popular pubs, bars and fine restaurants. English Market is a place well worth visiting, where you will find foods coming from all parts of the world. Each corner of Cork has something interesting to offer, whether it is an attractive architectural style, a panoramic sight, or an Irish museum or art gallery.
Visiting Blarney Castle is a must for every tourist that comes to Cork. It is located a few kilometers outside of Cork, and there is a legend which says that those people that kiss the Blarney Stone will be awarded with eloquence. Besides visiting Blarney Castle, you should also go to Kinsale, especially if you are a lover of good food. Kinsale is a very nice fishing town, often regarded as Irish gourmet capital.
If you want to take some rest from visiting cultural places and monuments, then you should definitely visit some beautiful and scenic villages close to Cork, where you can relax from the city buzz. There are also plenty of breweries and distilleries in and around Cork where you can taste real Irish drinks.
In Cork you can try fishing on the river or you can go sailing to one of the city`s harbors. Irish sports are also an attraction, and you can go see Gaelic football or hurling. If you want to add a little bit of thrill, then go to Curraheen Park and watch the greyhound races.
Cork is a very popular place for its cuisine and its numerous cultural activities. A decade ago Cork was named European Capital of Culture. The city has a very good program of festivals during the year, with lots of film and music festivals going on. There is always something happening, and although often overshadowed by the bigger cities, Cork can offer plenty of wonderful experiences for the tourists.