Cork has the perfect lifestyle balance – a vibrant, bustling city set in a county with some of the most spectacular natural beauty in Europe. The city itself is compact and free from the ravages of urban sprawl.
Many unspoiled mountains, lakes, rivers and beaches are just a short drive from the city centre, and even in the heart of the county, you are never more than an hour from the spectacular Atlantic coastline.
As a result of its rich cultural heritage, Cork was selected as European Capital of Culture in 2005 – a tremendous boost to a city that has more theatres, concert venues, arts centres and galleries per head of population than any other Irish city.
Cork is renowned for its annual festivals, with over 100 taking place across the county every year. Corkonians and visitors alike enjoy the fabulous sights and sounds of Cork International Jazz Festival, Cork Midsummer Festival, sailing at Cork Week, Kinsale Arts Week and East Cork Early Music Festival, click here for more. Cork International Jazz Festival is probably the best known of the festivals, attracting artists from all over the world to perform in front of tens of thousands of jazz lovers in venues.