The third largest city in Ireland awaits you. If you get off your comfortable SWISS flight from Zurich to Cork (ORK), you might be surprised to find palm trees and other exotic plants in the mostly harsh climate of Ireland. The Gulf Stream gives County Cork and its capital a mild climate without harsh winters, but very pleasant summers.
This is a feature that makes Cork and the surrounding region very popular with tourists. Legend has it that the town was founded in 606 by Saint Finnbar on the island of Lee River as a monastery. St. Finnbar's Cathedral is said to have been built on the foundations of the monastery, which was later destroyed by the Vikings who settled here in the 9th century. The later history of Cork can be explored during the Cork Historic Walking Tour, where you learn why it is called the Rebel City and get to know the different parts of the city.
The beautiful landscape and long sandy beaches around the town of Cork and the county coast are the main tourist attractions. Blarney Castle is particularly well-known, where ten thousand people annually kiss the Stone of Eloquence to receive the gift of verbal persuasion. The landscape is littered with megalithic monuments, stone circles, standing stones and chamber tombs from thousands of years.
Ardgroom, Canfea and Drombeg are the most famous places in the area. County Cork is also the culinary center of Ireland and has found many fans in recent years. Fresh local produce and fresh fish from lakes, rivers and the Atlantic provide a great variety on the menu. In the small fishing village of Kinsale near Cork, also known as the "Irelands' Riviera", there is an annual gourmet festival organized by the Kinsale Good Food Circle which is well worth a visit. Enjoy your time in Cork and the beautiful region of Southern Ireland.