In a list of ‘overlooked’ cities worth a visit, the Huffington Post named Cork for its “welcoming, laid-back vibe”.
The online travel feature captures an evening river scene of Cork’s St Patrick’s Bridge and refers to the city’s ‘other’ title as “the real capital”.
“Dublin, the actual capital is great. But if you’re looking for a city that is easy to navigate, with locals that are friendly and welcoming, and a laid-back vibe, Cork is for you,” the article states.
The city’s thriving foodie scene receives a mention, along with its pubs and live music scene.
“Once you’ve visited the classics, it’s time to head to one of these underrated cities in Europe,” the Huffington Post article states.
Cork is praised alongside Split in Croatia (“the city’s coastal mountain backdrop can’t be beat”), Basel in Switzerland (“a culture buff’s heaven), and Bergen in Norway (“gateway to those famous fjords, including Sognefjord”.
Rhodes Town in Greece, Bratislava in Slovakia and Manchester in the UK also feature on the list.
“It’s because of our small size that everyone knows each other and works together,” said Lord Mayor of Cork Catherine Clancy.
“Much has been invested in the farmers’ markets, the planning of festivals, and events to bring people to the city. We’ve planned 24 festivals for 2014 so far [and] we had 55,000 people visiting Cork for last weekend’s St Patrick’s Festival.”
Cork was also named among the top 10 best cities to visit in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2010.