The world holiday conjures up images inflatable rings, bluer and blue swimming pools, band sunburn and squeaky-clean villas. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Ireland offers up the most dramatic scenery, the best weather and the friendliest people around. And Cork is a leading exponent of those values. So check yourself in to one of the Travelodge Cork hotels, and start planning your Irish odyssey. The city was the European Capital of Culture in 2005 and listed by the Lonely Planet Guide among the top ten cites for ‘Best in Travel in 2010’.
A perfect mix of history, modern innovation, shopping and a thriving restaurant scene make Cork the perfect spot for a professional’s city break and a family holiday alike. The city is built upon water, and the city centre is built on an island in the River Lee, just upstream of Cork Harbour. This makes exploring the city and traversing its various nooks and crannies a real treat.
With its proximity to water, Cork has forged quite reputation for seafood, and that’s what An Sugan are building on. A family run seafood bar, restaurant and guesthouse in the heart of Clonakilty, An Sugan has locally known for its great food, especially seafood. They pride themselves on serving fresh, locally sourced fish, and have won awards because of it. A must-eat, for sure.
Outside of the city, and no visit to county Cork would be complete without a trip to Blarney Castle – the home of the famous Blarney Stone. Tradition says that those who kiss the stone will receive the gift of eloquence. It might or might not be true, but the only way you’ll find out is to give it a smooch for yourself.
Shopping is another vital part of Cork City’s culture, and there are options in abundance for the keen consumer. Old style markets and modern boutiques are in close proximity, and if it’s food you’re after, then how about The English Market – an indoor market selling excellent local produce. Cork City is also a butter museum, chronicling the city’s long relationship with the produce.