Cork is a place filled with adventures of all sorts; discover for yourself the many captivating experiences that await in the county’s vibrant and cosmopolitan city, the wild and rugged landscapes of West Cork, and the endless stretches of sand and rock of Ireland’s longest coastline.
Rich in history and stunning scenery, it is an energetic county that will delight and surprise you at every turn.
The county’s landscape is incredibly diverse, with golden beaches, rocky coastlines and islands, to peaceful lakes, vast mountains, quiet, roaming countryside, and amazing walking and cycling routes.
As the last port of call before America, Cork is the best place to stimulate all of your senses – with fresh local produce straight from the lush green land and the Wild Atlantic waters; exhilarating music around every corner; and friendly locals, eager to talk and share stories with any traveller.
Cork County Council aims to encourage a planned community led tourism experience in Cork for national and international visitors to promote Cork as a must see visitor destination and to continue to assist in the development of the product offering.
Working with Failte Ireland, Local Development Companies, Tourism Service Providers and Local Communities, Cork County Council aims to maximise the economic return from tourism in Cork in terms of overseas visitor numbers, revenue and employment.
Interesting Facts about County Cork:
- Cork is the gateway to both the Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland's Ancient East
- Cork has Ireland's largest coastline of 1,100km which makes up 19% of the Irish coastline and covers an area of 7,459sq km which is 11% of the Irish State. This makes Cork Ireland’s largest county, with Cork harbour being the second largest natural harbour in the world.
- Cork is the only port in Cork with a dedicated cruise berth in Cobh, East Cork, with in excess of 60 cruise liners visiting in 2016
- Cork is renowned worldwide for its festivals including Mallow Racing Home for Easter Festival, Independence Music Festival, Cork Harbour Festival, A Taste of West Cork Food Festival, Masters of Tradition, West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Baltimore Fiddle Fair, Cork Guinness Jazz Festival, and many others
- Cork is regarded as the food capital of Ireland with more than 350 artisan producers located in Cork which accounts for over 50% of the total producers in the state.
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