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utorak, 14. veljače 2012.

Galešnjak- The Heart Shaped Island In Croatia

Since today is Valentine's Day, I noticed there are a lot of those romantic, Valentines Day-ish stories all over the place.  (Some really dumb cheesy ones too) The adult sex toy and related paraphernalia businesses are doing brisk sales today as well. Lots of lingerie, lotions, whips, chains, strap-ons, latex catwoman masks, maid costumes, stilettos, rope, handcuffs, phallic candles, AAA batteries, strawberry flavoured everything and wigs being sold. Usually the busiest day of the year actually. (Not this city however, Cowtown Alberta, beef jerky at the grocery store today was selling like hot cakes though, and that new beer with the beaver butt or that grinning beer drinking cow on it)

So anyway, I decided to add this one real quickly, since I came across it a few times today as well. The story about the island of Galešnjak, the heart shaped island off of Croatia's coast.  Since it's rediscovery on Google Earth in 2007, it's come to be known as "Lover's Island". The artlices below are from a few years ago and will do all the explaining...

Heart-shaped island highlighted by Google Earth becomes hit with lovers

Galesnjak: It seems many lovers from around the world consider it the ideal spot for a romantic Valentine's Day break Photo: EUROPICS


A tiny island in the Adriatic has become a holiday hit for lovers because it is shaped like a heart. 

9:40AM GMT 11 Feb 2009

The 130,000 square yard islet of Galesnjak came to prominence after its unusual shape was highlighted on Google Earth.

Even the owner of the uninhabited island - now known as Lovers' Island - didn't realise how perfectly heart-shaped the island off the Croatian coast was until he was swamped with requests from couples to stay there.

It seems many lovers from around the world consider it the ideal spot for a romantic Valentine's Day break.

Naturally, the local tourism industry has jumped on the popularity of the island. Various getaways complete with transportation to and from, wine and food for those looking for a secluded ...somethings and flavoured other stuff.

Vlado Juresko said: "It has been incredible. We think it is the most perfect heart-shaped island in the world. Nobody lives there so if lovers really do want to spend time alone it's the perfect desert island.

"We always thought it looked a bit like a heart but since it's been on Google Earth everyone else has seen it too and the whole world seems to want to stay here."

The island is located in Zadarski Kanal between Zadar and the Island of Pasman.

Croatia is ranked as the 18th most popular tourism destination in the world, proving especially busy during the summer months.

Galesnjak – Croatia's island of love


Galesnjak is a heart shaped Croatian islelet, which together with three other islands in different parts of the world make "the worlds love islelets“. The "Croatian island of love“ is uninhabited, that is why lovers who wish to spend quality time alone will have this island all to themselves.

The island is located in the Pasman canal between the town of Mrljane on the island of Pasman and the town of Turjan on the mainland. The area of the islet is 0.132 square kilometers, and the length of the coastal zone is 1545 meters with its highest peak at 36m above sea level. The island is privately owned by family Jureško. Galešnjak was “discovered” in 2008 by the web browser Google Earth, and the TV station CNN published an article about him as one of the several natural heart shaped phenomenas.

The tiny heart shaped island in the Pasman canal became a hit destination for Valentines Day, after being discovered on Google Earth the first engagement was recently celebrated on the island of love. Young Muscovites Sarukhanov Mikhail and Valentina Moros decided to do just that act on the beautiful Galešnjak.

The small island, bordered by golden sand, which was used by fishermen as a shelter from the storms will now gladly accept all couples who are looking to mark their love in a unique way.

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