IRELAND’S first ever direct ferry route to Spain will officially set sail this weekend.

The brand new Brittany Ferries journey from Cork to Santander is a non-stop trip, which drops off passengers in the heart of the northern coastal city.

The first trip will depart on Sunday May 6, which will mark the first link between the two countries.

Crossings will take anything between 24 to 33 hours depending on the weather.

Return tickets cost upwards of €211pp for a car, including four passengers sharing a four-berth cabin.

The ship will carry around 500 passengers with space for 195 cars.

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