A new ferry route between Ringaskiddy and Santander in Northern Spain can link the Wild Atlantic Way with the Camino.
THE new ferry sailing represents a "great opportunity" to link the two iconic routes, says Senator Tim Lombard.
The Cork Senator told us: “I am delighted to see Cork linked to Northern Spain by a sea route. There are deep historical ties between the two places and I hope to see them renewed by the new ferry service.
“The north of Spain has much to offer visitors as indeed does Cork. I believe the new service is a great opportunity to link up two iconic tourist trails, the Camino de Santiago and the Wild Atlantic Way.
“The trek to Santiago in Gallicia, Northern Spain, traditionally begins when the traveller sets out from their own home.
“This has led to routes to Santiago springing up in Germany and France, known as Jakobsweg and Le Chemin De St. Jacques respectively.
“I propose to incorporate the Wild Atlantic Way into an Irish Camino, beginning by touring the breath-taking scenery of the South West of Ireland and then sailing to Santander and before concluding in Santiago de Compostela.
“I think that uniting the two iconic routes will boost the profile of both and further strengthen the bonds of friendship between our two countries and offers endless possibilities in terms of boosting tourism.
“I am looking forward to welcoming the Spanish back to Kinsale personally this Spring,” the Senator added.