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Pjescana uvala
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.
On the 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.

History
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.

Recommendations
The 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

Events
Fešta od raki - gastronomic feast with crab dishes - 23.05.
Vinkuran night - a traditional folk festival - 05.06.
Šanpjero Games - Skill and speed games - 26.07.
Pješčana Uvala night - a traditional folk festival - 06.08.

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