Cobh named on a list of the 25 most beautiful small towns in Europe 1 year ago

Cobh named on a list of the 25 most beautiful small towns in Europe

As if proof was needed of the beauty of the Cork town, here it is.

Influential travel publication Condé Nast Traveller has named Cobh in Cork as one of the 25 most beautiful small towns in Europe.


A tourist hotspot for generations, mention in such a prestigious list will only increase the appeal of the town to visitors from home and abroad.

Describing the town, which is about a half-hour drive south from Cork city and has a population of 12,800, Condé Nast said: “Cobh redefines charming with its rows of candy-coloured homes along the water and towering cathedral standing sentry over the harbour.

“This town is particularly popular with cruise-lovers—about 60 ships stop there every year. In fact, Cobh was the final port of call for the RMS Titanic, and a commemorative museum stands in the city today.”

Cobh was known as Queenstown when the Titanic made her fateful voyage towards the United States on 11 April 1912, having had its name changed to commemorate the visit of Queen Victoria in 1849.

The name of the town was changed back to Cobh (the Irish version of its original name, Cove) following the formation of the Irish Free State in the early 1920s.

Other towns to make the list include Hvar in Croatia, Rye in England and Portree in the Isle of Skye in Scotland; you can see the list in full here.