Just a few kilometers from the busy city, on a gentle
shore below the shade of rich Mediterranean vegetation, lies Pješčana Uvala - a village with a very rich
tourist and gastronomic offer. Originally created as a peaceful residential oasis for Pulas’ citizens, today Pješčana
Uvala is almost entirely focused on tourism.
Located at the end of the long Veruda channel - well protected from wind
from times immemorial, it slopes gently to the southwest, bathed by the warm sun throughout the whole day.
hills above it and in the channel itself, valuable archaeological sites have been found, as well as on the nearby island of
Veruda, known as Fratarski otok, where there once was a Franciscan monastery and a church. Today this is a favorite
place for Pula’s citizens to relax.
Here the tourist offer is really rich. In Pješčana Uvala there
is the Marina Veruda, one of the best equipped marinas on the Adriatic coast, with 650 berths on 18 piers and 250 berths on
land. Besides countless apartments, rooms, several small hotels, bars, shops and patisseries, Pješčana Uvala is present
on the culinary map for its restaurants, two of which were even named the best restaurants in Croatia. What makes Pješčana
Uvala so special is its excellent offer at an idyllic location, situated close to Pula. It gives its visitors
all the best the world has to offer - a quiet relaxing holiday with a choice of many events and cultural and historical monuments.
It is known that the territory was inhabited in prehistoric
times. On the Vintijan hill overlooking the bay of Veruda, one of the largest fortifications in Istria was found, being more
than 100 meters in diameter. The real ethnicity of the inhabitants of the fortification in Bronze Age has not yet been determined,
although it is known that after them, during the Iron Age, most of the fort belonged to the population of Histri. They were
an ancient tribe of pirates that dominated this region for a long time. Around the Bay of Veruda and the Verudela cape, there
were Neolithic settlements, while on the island of Veruda a village from the Bronze Age was found.
Life existed here
in the time of antiquity, and in addition to the usual findings, a number of quarries from that time were found on the hills,
of the most important certainly being the Vinkuran quarry, whose Roman name is Cavae Romana. The Pula amphitheater
and numerous sculptures were built from that stone. On the island of Veruda, a Gothic church was built on the ruins of
anold one. Shortly after that, precisely in 1624, the Franciscan Monastery of St. Mary with a water tank and a cemetery (whose
remains are still visible) was built. During the rule of Venice, a fort that protected the entrance to the bay, an important
alternative anchorage point at that time, was built. During the reign of Napoleon, in 1806 the monastery was closed and the
Franciscans built a new monastery in Pula. In the 19th and 20th century, the area around the bay and the islands was included
in the Austrian defense system. At the end of the20th century, this territory was finally revived with the
construction of Pješčana Uvala.
Church of St. Nikola Putnik – a new construction with a very distinctive appearance, in the form of a white
ship. It lies at the very top of a hill and is visible from all directions.
Island Veruda, Fratarski otok
- the remains of the church of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Franciscan monastery and the cemetery from the 17th century
Vinkuran, Cavae Romana - the old Roman quarry
Vintijan - fort from the Bronze Age
100 meters in diameter
Diving – the underwater of Pješčana Uvala and the island of Veruda
are beautiful diving locations
Restaurants - Many restaurants, 2 of which are among the best in Croatia,
are unavoidable places for a true gastronomic experience
Fešta od raki - gastronomic feast with crab dishes - 23.05.
- a traditional folk festival - 05.06.
Šanpjero Games - Skill and speed games - 26.07.
Uvala night - a traditional folk festival - 06.08.