Kinsale, overlooking the wide Brandon estuary, is one of the most picturesque villages in the country, a small harbour carefully maintained and preserved. Its reputation as a gastronomic city attracts many tourists. You have to walk through its narrow streets lined with slate-covered houses to appreciate all its charm.

If you spend the day in Kinsale, take the morning to stroll around the village. Going up towards the centre via Market Quay or Pearse Street, you come to the charming Market Square where the market used to be held. Small shops and restaurants have been established in old houses with facades now painted in bright colours. In good weather, the small square is covered with terraces where you can have lunch or a drink. We'll walk up Cork Street, lined with pretty houses, to Desmond Castle and visit the Wine Museum. In the early afternoon, you can walk along the bay via River Road to the Scilly Walk, a pleasant stroll under the trees and along the water's edge, to reach the picturesque Charle's Fort that appears on the horizon. After visiting the beautiful ruins of this military fortification, be sure to linger in Summercove, the lower part of town, and its most popular pub, The Bullman, for a nightcap by the sea. Regulars say it's the best place to watch the sunset.

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