Galesnjak, the heart-shaped Croatian island

Galesnjak, the heart-shaped Croatian island


Galesnjak, the heart-shaped Croatian island

Galesnjak is the famous heart-shaped islet in Croatia, a strip of land that emerges from the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic south of Zadar, exactly in the Pašman channel between the coastal towns of Sveti Petar na Moru and Torrette. A masterpiece of nature, the only island with an almost perfect heart shape which, unlike many others around the world, never changes its contours, neither at low or high tide, nor during the impetuous and powerful winds of bora that hit the coastline.

Galesnjak Island, also known as Lovers' Island or Love Island, has an area of just 43 square miles and is surrounded by pebble beaches, rocks and coves of immense beauty. A wild and uncontaminated habitat is a popular destination for most romantics eager to live an unforgettable experience. The island is uninhabited and protected by the state, there are no public structures and can only be visited with a permit or with organized tours. Galesnjak is a private property and has belonged to Vlado Juresko since 2009, the owner of a travel agency who, after discovering its shape on Google Earth, decided to buy it. Since then it has managed a profitable turnover that has managed to arouse the interest of many VIPs, such as Michael Jordan and Beyoncé who celebrated her 39th birthday on the island.

In recent times it seems that a portion of the island has been put up for sale, an area of about 40,000 square meters. The asking price was around 13 million euros and according to Silvestro Kardum, the owner's legal representative, permission for partial construction are being considered provided that the building’s sustainable plan is accepted by the jurisdiction of the Municipality of Pasman. There have been many offers, but so far none have been successful.

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