THE HEART: Galešnjak, Croatia – This famous and super photographed island offers the view of a perfect heart. Obviously it is considered an ideal place for lovers: to those who want to visit it we remind that the islet is located in the Adriatic Sea, in Croatia, at the height of Zadar, between the island of Pasman and the town of Torrette in the municipality of Biograd.
STILL HEARTS: Ilhéu de Vila Franca do Camp, Azores Islands – A little further away, in the Azores archipelago in the middle of the Atlantic, there is this enchanting islet with a suggestive shape: a heart with a magical blue eye inside it represented by a natural indoor circular pool. This particular conformation is due to the collapse of an ancient volcano. The islet is uninhabited, but it is very close to the coast of the island of Sao Miguel and can be visited in the summer months.
LA PALMA: Palm Jumeirah, Dubai – Like everything in Dubai, it is an artificial pharaonic complex: the island is 5 km long along the axis and 5 km across. It reproduces the shape of a palm tree with a trunk and a crown with 17 branches, enclosed by an 11 km long breakwater crescent, which used more than seven million tons of rock. The complex, built with sand dredged from the bottom of the Persian Gulf, houses luxury residences, iconic hotels and restaurants. A short distance away, an even more pharaonic complex that he wants to reproduce is being completed the map of the world.
THE FISH: Gaz, Istria, Croatia – It has a nice shape of a little fish as a child would draw it, which puts you in a good mood just to see it: this islet is located in the Adriatic, in the Brijuni (or Brioni) islands in Istria. The islet has an area of 6.28 hectares and a coastline length of 1.13 km. It is not inhabited and cannot be visited.
LA C – Molokini, Hawaii – In the channel of Alalākeiki, between the islands of Maui and Kahoʻolawe, we meet this uninhabited islet with a curious C-shape. Molokini is a partially submerged crescent-shaped volcanic crater, with a rugged and suggestive shape.
THE HALF MOON: Santorini, Cyclades, Greece – Crescent shape also for the island of Santorini, in the Cyclades: here too there is the hand of an ancient volcano, which exploded and sank thousands of years ago. The present shape of the island has been shaped by successive eruptions and explosions, as well as by marine erosion. The sinking of the ancient caldera is however responsible for the characteristic semicircle conformation of the island, clearly visible from above, for example from an airplane.
THE TURTLE HEAD: Zakynthos, Greece – The island of Zakynthos, or Zante, is located in the Ionian Sea: its symbol is the turtle, since the Caretta-Caretta nests come to nest on its beaches and it is common to meet them in the sea. Some stretches of the coast are reminiscent of the shape of this animal, as happens for example around the famous Beach of the Shipwreck, one of the most photographed in Greece. The headlands that enclose this famous inlet are reminiscent of the head and fins of this animal.
MORE TURTLES: Gallinara, Liguria – Without going too far from our house, we can admire the islet of Gallinara, located along the coast of the Ligurian Riviera di Ponente, near Albenga. Many see the shape of a turtle in the shape of the island.
THE DOLPHIN: Koh Srichang, Thailand – This Thai island, located not far from Bangkok, seen from above has the shape of a cute dolphin. It occupies about 20 square kilometers and has small, pretty beaches.
THE HORSESHOE: Horse Shoe Island, Myanmar – The shape could also be traced back to the crescent or the C, but since the name of the island refers to the horseshoe, we also opt for this classification. In any case it is a beautiful mountainous island with a lovely beach.
THE FOOT: One Foot island, Cook Islands – Definitely further away is this sandy and covered with vegetation, located in the archipelago of the Cook Islands: it has a curious shape that resembles the imprint of a foot.