The summer came to Ireland in style this year giving us one of the hottest summers we’ve had for quite some time. Whilst over the years we have come to expect rain, rain and more rain in a typical Irish summer, the last few weeks has seen Ireland enveloped in a heatwave, transforming into a sun resort of sorts with people now flocking to our much underused but gorgeous beaches in their droves. The fine dry weather is also providing the perfect excuse to don the sun cream, put on our swimwear and sunglasses and fully explore the many beaches and resorts right on our doorstep without even boarding a plane.
This heatwave with temperatures soaring to late 20’s and beyond has us donning our swimwear and heading off to the beach or local swimming pool not just to top up a tan but also for a much needed dip in the water to cool down. And here in cork city many of us are scanning our maps or computer for the locations of some nice beaches close at hand to cool down. Whilst within immediate access lies some nice beaches such as Myrtleville, slightly further afield lies the area of East Cork which boasts an exciting array of family friendly blue flag beaches at Garretstown, Ballycotten and Youghal to name a few. And for those looking to avoid the crowds the region boasts many hidden and more secluded spots as well as all manner of the tourist friendly draws and seaside resorts for a fun day out. Aside from its many beaches and scenic attractions East Cork also boasts the family friendly indoor waterworld of Trabolgan in Midleton.
Of course if swimming or frolicking in the water isn’t your thing then why not consider the many water sports available in the surrounding area or even the option of a river cruise around Cork harbour. Cruises from Cork harbour to Cobh and back are available and boast magnificent views of the city and surrounding coastline including sights of the many islands in the harbour such as Fota Island. Beautiful Cork hotels are dotted around the county giving you plenty of choice when it comes to picking your accommodation.