Cork is known as Ireland’s own Venice, built on River Lee. The city is best known for its vibrant attractions and sea of pubs and restaurants that flood every street and alley it holds. The city center is located on the island created by the river channels and at the eastern side where the channels meet- you can see beautiful quays and harbours. The Cork Harbor is one of the largest natural harbours in the world and is the main center for fishing those fresh sea produce.
The cork center is known for its Georgian architectural influences while the 17th century alleys charm everyone who walks through it. The whole city was walled- much of which are seen as ruined walls and gateways to enter the city. The city however has one of the most ground-breaking histories with regards to its invaders.
Originally built as a monastery, the Vikings changed the purpose of the city to suit their need of a port. Records show Viking history around 915 AD. Eventually the monks and Vikings formed a symbiotic relationship wherein the Vikings would bring trade goods and even medical aid in return for using the city’s natural port.
No travel guide can stress enough how Cork in itself is a ‘Foodie Capital’. You are sure to find most of the pubs and restaurants buzzing with chitter-chatter over some of the best dishes you will have while in Ireland- a welcomed deal after mundane airplane meals.
Today tourism is one of the prime sources of Cork’s global appeal. If you are travelling to Cork, you are in for a visual, gourmet as well as a historic treat! The beautiful architecture and monuments that grace its land are sure to set your camera clicking while those late evening walks around the town will warm up your spirit.