The County of Cork shares with Kerry the south-western corner of Ireland. Washed by the warm Gulf Stream and the mild moist southerly winds, palm trees and bamboo flourish. The whole South West of Ireland is one of the most popular holiday areas in Ireland and is a region of scenic contrasts. This region is steeped in ancient history and folklore. There are over 100 heritage and cultural sites of significance in the region and these sites cover many diverse aspects of Ireland's heritage and culture. Cork is the largest of all of the Irish counties and Cork City, the European Capital of Culture 2005, is Ireland's third city (after Dublin and Belfast) and is alive with the cultural richness of a truly modern city - annually featuring the world-renowned film and jazz festivals.