Pješčana uvala general information
City: Pješčana Uvala (Valsabbion)
County: Istria County, Medulin Municipality
Area: 28 ha
Time zone: CET (UTC+1)
Postal code: 52100
Area code: 52
Pješčana Uvala – Sandy Cove is a modern touristic-residential settlement located just a couple of kilometer from Pula. Even though the settlement itself falls under Medulin Municipality, it often related as one of the elite neighborhoods of Pula. Pješčana Uvala is settled in the bay of the same name, between two hills: Volari (44m) and Soline (35). The settlement is a natural extension of the Channel of Veruda where Marina Veruda is located. The coast is rocky on the side, while its central part is completely sandy. That’s where its name came from. Pješčana Uvala has 600 inhabitants and 870 occasional residents, 566 apartments and 222 households. The settlement has an area of 28 ha. This area is blessed with a great number of sunny days with a moderate, almost ideal Mediterranean climate. The beach is sandy and suitable for families with kids.
Pješčana Uvala economy and tourism
Over the last 30 years there have been a strong economic growth recorded in Pješčana Uvala, especially in the tourism which is the settlements major activity. Pješčana Uvala is known for a large number of high-quality accommodation – rooms, apartments and boutique-hotels. There are a lot of restaurants in Pješčana Uvala which will satisfy the need of the most demanding food lovers with their autochthonous specialties. You can see at a glance that Pješčana Uvala is a modern settlement with attractive villas and houses. Along the coast there is a boardwalk surrounded with many restaurants, bars and beach bars.
Pješčana Uvala traffic
Pješčana uvala is just a couple of kilometers away from Pula. There are three entrances in the settlement:
- from Medulin Municipality via settlement Vinkuran by local road LC50175
- from Pula by county road ŽC5178
- from Pula roundabout
In Pješčana Uvala there is a sports harbor which offers mooring for the boats. In the vicinity there is a modern Veruda Marina with 650 berths, 250 land spots and 18 peers.
Pješčana Uvala natural attractions
Park-wood Soline is located near the Soline hill, between Pješčana Uvala and Vinkuran. Soline wood is one of the few remaining holm oak wood – autochthonous species of oak, which creates a specific atmospheric conditions, produces oxygen and reduces the possibility of erosion and noise. Park-wood Soline has an area of around 100 ha. Holm oak takes up around 80% of the area. The whole hill, along with the forest, is protected, and Public Institution Kamenjak controls the area. Read more
Pješčana Uvala archeological and cultural attractions
The Church of St Nikola
The Church of St Nikola is located on a hill that looks over Pješčana Uvala, and has a form of a blue-white ship. The bell tower is actually a lighthouse. Read more
Cave Romanae is a quarry from Roman times, which was used for the extraction of the building stone used for the construction of the Pula Arena on the command of the Emperor Vespasian. The quarry is near Vinkuran settlement and Pješčana Uvala. Read more
Sport and recreation in Pješčana Uvala
Pješčana Uvala is, because of its location between Pula and Medulin Municipality, an ideal starting point for exploring Pula and its surrounding area. Whether you use the bike or walk, you can find marked paths all around the Cove. There are also tennis courts, basketball court and a football field. The coast of the Cove is suitable for water sports. Abandoned quarry Cave Romanae in the vicinity is a perfect place for the climbing fans.
Pješčana Uvala History
It is known that the area of Pješčana Uvala was inhabited during prehistoric times. This is confirmed by the fact that nearby on Vinitijan hill there is one of the biggest hill forts in the Istrian Peninsula with a radius of more than 100 meters. Even though it is not certain who have built the hill fort, it is assumed that it were the Histri – the oldest population of Istria. Near Pješčana Uvala there is a Roman quarry – Cave Romanae, where the stone block for the construction of the Pula Arena was extracted.
In the time of Austrian-Hungarian Monarchy, the area around Pješčana Uvala was a part of the defense system of the war port in Pula. The settlement as we know it today started its construction in the end of the 20th century.