The most romantic symbol of Croatia, the heart-shaped island of Galesnjak, has a different look, as the owner plans to host weddings.
One of the most popular images of Croatia, the heart-shaped island of Galesnjak, has recently assumed a new look, according to a report in leading national daily Jutarnji List on December 6, 2013, as the island's owner has employed a bulldozer to change the surface of the island.
Galesnjak, whose romantic shape from the air ensures it is the subject of many promotional campaigns for romantic Croatia, is less appealing close-up to people looking for love, given its less than friendly terrain.
According to one of the island's owners, Tonci Juresko, there have been lots of requests to host weddings on the island, but Galesnjak's thick shrubbery has been a hindrance to free movement. He has therefore taken the initiative to bulldoze two long strips of land, and plans to plant 250 olive trees, as well as rehabilitate the pier which was built 80 years ago by his grandfather.
The island's owner's plans to plant olive trees has caused a temporary eyesore.
"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."
While weddings may not yet have occurred on the heart-shaped island, one enterprising agency did manage to arrange a luxury picnic on the island of romance for a couple of visiting tourists in 2009, after it was contacted by a man wanting to propose to his girlfriend over a luxury picnic on Galesnjak.