Cork was named in the top 10 cities in the world to visit in 2010 according to the influential Lonely Planet tour guide, being placed 3rd behind such prestigous company as Abu Dhabi, UAE, and Charleston USA and ahead of Istanbul, Lecce, Kyoto and Singapore.
The guide described Cork as:
“Sophisticated, vibrant and diverse while still retaining its friendliness, relaxed charm and quickfire wit, Cork buzzes with the energy of a city that’s certain of its place in Ireland. Indeed, so confident is the former ‘Rebel City’ that locals only half-jokingly refer to it as the ‘People’s Republic of Cork’. The city has long been dismissive of Dublin and with a burgeoning arts, music and restaurant scene, it’s now getting a cultural reputation to rival the capital’s.
The River Lee flows around the centre, an island packed with grand Georgian parades, cramped 17th-century alleys and modern masterpieces such as the opera house. The flurry of urban renewal that began with the city’s stint in 2005 as European Capital of Culture continues apace, with new buildings, bars and arts centres springing up all over town. The best of the city is still happily traditional though – snug pubs with live music sessions most of the week, excellent local produce in an ever-expanding list of restaurants and a genuinely proud welcome from the locals.”
So much goes on in Cork throughout the year. It hosts a number of festivals from Jazz, Film to the Midsummer Festival. So what are you waiting for, come and visit!