Cork, the second largest city in the Republic of Ireland, lies on the River Lee on the southern coast of the country. The city has a population of 125,000 with the Cork Metropolitan Area having a population in excess of 300,000.
The River Lee splits into two channels as it enters the city from the west, leaving the city centre an island effectively. It converges again as it leaves the city on the eastern side entering Cork harbour, one of the largest natural harbours in the world. The city centre streets are predominantly flat and pedestrian/cyclist friendly and cycling is regaining popularity. There are several routes to the east and west of the city following the Lee that are popular with cyclists, while the topography on the northern side is a little more challenging.
Cork is a WHO Healthy City and has also been awarded a Purple Flag which recognises that the city has a vibrant and well-managed evening/night life. Currently Cork is a participating city in the European Smart Cities project.
Cork city was founded in the 6th century by Saint Finbarr so has a wealth of history attached and this can be seen everywhere you go. The city has a vibrant art and music scene and is known as the Food Capital of Ireland because of its many and varied restaurants and cafes.