Cork City is widely regarded by the locals as the ‘true capital’ of Ireland. It’s the second largest city on the island and is home to one of, if not the best cultural atmospheres in all of Ireland. Located in the nicknamed ‘Rebel County’ it has a long history revolving around it’s significant role in the Irish fight for independence.
Europcar Cork City offers you the freedom to explore this fantastic city with your own compass and on your own time, hiring a car also allows you to travel further afield throughout the vast unsullied countryside of Cork. Our locations can cater to leisure customers and business customers, availing of the flexible short, medium and long term business fleet management service offered by Europcar and customers renting a van.
Today Cork City is known as one of the top cultural cities in all the world, having received the award for ‘European Capital of Culture’ from the E.U in 2005 and also being named on Lonely Planet’s list of top 10 cities to visit in the world. The city’s architecture sets a terrific scene of old and new, narrow 17th century cobbled streets overlooked by modern works of great applaud such as the Cork Opera House. The performing arts are rife throughout the city, you’ll find many theatres offering productions from amateur teams to international touring parties. Live music is a mainstay in the cultural city as there is live music throughout the pubs as well as impressive venues big and small across the city. The city is home to a multitude of festivals throughout the year, most notably the Guinness Jazz Festival and the Cork International Film Festival.
In recent years a food scene that is unrivalled across Ireland has emerged in the streets of Cork. The menus are diverse and you’ll find a range of local and international cuisines to suit any taste. Food lovers should endeavor to visit the English Market which takes place in the heart of the city and has done so since 1788 making it one of the oldest of its kind in the world. At the market you’ll find local produce as well as flavours from faraway lands. Once you have wandered the streets of Cork and sampled some of the fine cooking you’ll be left in no doubt as to why they call the city ‘The Culinary Capital of Ireland’.
At night the city comes alive and you’ll see the streets fill with an exciting mix of college students, after work parties, and the older generation all flocking to the fine pubs and clubs. Whether you want to party long into the night in one of Cork’s fantastic night clubs or enjoy a quiet pint in a quaint old bar amongst the locals, you’ll find somewhere perfectly suited to quench your thirst.
The city boasts the best shopping facilities in the southern region of Ireland reflected in the vast amount of non-city dwellers making the journey into Cork just for that reason alone. The main shopping area is found in the heart of the city centre on St. Patrick’s Street, here you’ll find familiar brand names as well as independent stores selling unique clothing, jewelry, and souvenirs.