There is a small uninhabited islet off the Croatian coast called Galesnjak. Most have never heard of it. It is tiny, just 130,000 square yards of white sand and trees. But it is fast becoming one of the most sought-after destinations in the world, especially during the month of February, and especially on February 14, Valentine’s Day. Why such interest?
Galesnjak is heart shaped. It has become an internet sensation, according to the Telegraph, with Google Earth being swamped with users wanting a glimpse of the heart shaped island. Romantics have renamed the uninhabited islet Lover’s Island and the owner of Galeenjak has been swamped with requests from couples to spend some time there.
And why not? One of the most enduring romantic images is that of two lovers stranded in the idyllic setting of a tropical island. No job, no worries, clothing optional. Lover’s Island – a lover’s paradise.
The owner of Galesnjak, Vlado Juresko, admits to not knowing that his property was so perfectly heart shaped – until he began receiving so many requests from couples wishing to visit the island. Google Earth highlighted the heart shaped island as well, which no doubt resulted in even more requests.
Juresko said, “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.”
Croatia is a tiny country just across the Adriatic Sea from Italy, another popular romantic destination. Galesnjak, or Lover’s Island, is just off the coast of Croatia in the Zadarski Kanal, which is a waterway that separates the coast from a multitude of islands.
If one were able to book a getaway to the Mediterranean, especially in the vicinity of the Adriatic, one could spend time in what is considered one of the more romantic regions on the planet. The beautiful walled city of Dubrovnik, Croatia, which is also known as the “Jewel of the Adriatic,” is just a few hundred miles down the coastline from Galesnjak. Dubrovnik was listed on Gayot.com as one of the Top 10 Best Romantic Destinations in 2008.
Santorini, Greece, is a little further south. This beautiful island (and its sister islands) in the Mediterranean has become one of the hottest romantic getaways on the planet.
In the opposite direction, just north of the heart shaped island of Galesnjak, is Venice, Italy. As Gayot.com explains, one cannot think of romance without thinking of the waterways and the intimacy that is Venice. And just a few miles northwest is the bucolic Italian Lakes District.
Of course, if one is in Europe, one always has Paris as a romantic getaway standby.
But if one has their heart set on Galesnjak and one can’t get to Lover’s Island to enjoy a perfect Valentine’s Day getaway, one can always go to Google Earth and wistfully dream.