Google Maps: The tiny landmass is officially called Galešnjak but is known as Lover’s Island
One such delightful Google Maps shot is that of a heart-shaped island in the Adriatic Sea.
The tiny landmass is officially called Galešnjak but it’s more commonly known as Lover’s Island.
It is located in Zadarski Kanal between Zadar and the Island of Pasman.
The spot is just 130,000 square yards and is completely uninhabited.
It first became world-famous thanks to Google Earth in 2009 but its shape was in fact documented in 1806 in an Atlas of the Dalmatian coast created by Napoleon’s cartographer.
We think it is the most perfect heart-shaped island in the world
Interestingly, it seems like there are two scars across the heart-shape, almost as though it’s been patched up after a heartbreak.
The less romantic – and more realistic – explanation though, is that the marks are a result of bulldozing in an attempt to replant the island with olive groves.
The island currently just has shrubs on its rocky terrain and is therefore less appealing to amorous couples close up.
The land belongs to the Juresko family who live on the nearby island of Pašman and hope to one day host weddings on the island.
There are also pebble beaches, which, while not ideal for sunbathing, are good for swimming off.
Google Maps: The spot is just 130,000 square yards and is completely uninhabited
Visitors are required to camp if they wish to stay the night as there are no amenities on Galešnjak.
Those wishing to explore should set up base on Pašman or the Croatian tourist town of Zadar.
From there, you can rent a boat to go over to the island.
Vlado Juresko is proud of his family’s island. “It has been incredible. We think it is the most perfect heart-shaped island in the world,” he told news agencies.
“Nobody lives there so if lovers really do want to spend time alone it’s the perfect desert island.
Google Maps: Galešnjak is located in Zadarski Kanal between Zadar and the Island of Pasman.
“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 family have been swamped with requests over the years from loved-up couples hoping to visit Galešnjak.
As well as planting 250 olive trees, the family hope to rehabilitate the pier, built 80 years ago. The island’s thick shrubbery has so far been a hindrance to free movement.
“I will plant olive trees and the island will be more beautiful than it was. I have been asked many times to organise a wedding and nothing could be done because of the shrubbery,” Juresko told Jutarnji List.
“If there is understanding from the local community, it is certain that we will soon have a wedding on the island.”