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The BEST way to get to Croatia from Italy is on a seaplane – not only is it quick & easy it’s much more affordable than you may think!

For just a few euro more than the price of a typically over-packed ferry which takes half a day or over night – you can arrive in under an hour in the port of Split in a seaplane. I was so excited to discover this new service from Ancona and Pescara airports in Le Marche, Italy to destinations dotting the Croatian Coast by European Coastal Airlines!

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This was our first trip on a seaplane and aside from one other passenger, Jason & I had the 19-seat Dehavilland Twin Otter 6 to ourselves! Jason bee-lined it to the front and basically straddled the cockpit the entire flight. It took all his self-control not to pepper the pilots with questions.

Flying out over Monte Conero we headed due East for Split. Before I knew it we were flying over the channel of Dalamatian Islands at 1500 feet. Now hugging the Croatian coast we made our descent to Split for a water landing!!

(Here’s a little iphone video I took during the flight & landing – be sure to watch in HD!)

When the windscreen fills with water it is a wild sensation! You are used to seeing land and other planes, instead you are in the sea and landing next cruise ships!

On a sidenote: I know some people are nervous or hesitant to fly in small planes – but this plane really isn’t that small AND because of boring science stuff – flying over the water usually produces nice smooth air. And it’s a seaplane – you can land anywhere!

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It was literally smooth sailing right into the marina. And I think this was my favorite part of the entire experience – disembarking/deboarding not to a full chaotic foreign airport but instead the co-pilot offers you his hand to step from the plane’s pontoon up to the dock, walk a few feet to the tiny glass office/kiosk for customs/board control. A quick swipe of our passports and a five minute walk by foot we are in the center of ‘downtown’ Split with a drink in hand!

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Here are a few photos from our return home to Ancona – the sky was a bit stormy but it was no problem at all! Check back for an upcoming post on our 3 Night Getaway to Split and we’ll share with you our favorite spots to eat, sleep & what to see/do!!!

 THE DETAILS:

European Coastal Airlines
www.ec-air.eu

5 Comments

  1. this is a very cool bit of information, thankyou. I will be in Le Marche in September and will investigate doing this. I would love to visit Split.

    • @Apollard – So happy! If you are visiting Le Marche in September be sure check out La Tavola Marche – it’s the farm, inn & cooking school we founded! The new owners are great & it’s a wonderful way to spend time in the area!!
      Enjoy your trip and definitly check out Split – we LOVED it!

  2. Brilliant, thanks for the info. Andrea??

  3. oooh how exciting. I arrived in Split on a ferry full of religious pilgrims preying on deck. For a while I thought they must of known something I didn’t – was very glad to dock. This though,this is way better.

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