Marble sand balls and Flamingos. Mari Ermi, Sardinia

Spiaggia di Mari Ermi, near the Roman remains of Tharros, was a beach we found entirely by chance. As we were driving past, I thought the name sounded vaguely Maori-like and thought it’d be worth a visit. We got very lucky because it was beautiful.

Mari Ermi

Mari Ermi beach

About Mari Ermi

Lying on the Costa del Sinis, 7 kilometers south of Putzu Idu, the beach is 1700 meters long with clear, brilliant turquoise waters and white marble balls of sand.

At the northern end lies the car park with a camp site and lots of RV’s. I should imagine that waking up to that view would be splendid. One for the bucket list.

Mari Ermi

The lake behind the beach

Walking along the beach

The beach is a combination of fine grain sand and these little white marble balls. Taking sand from the beach is not allowed. I’ve never seen sand like that before and it was mesmerising. As you walk, you sink into these smooth balls of sand – you just have to remember to empty out your shoes before you leave!

We visited in winter-spring, March 2017, the waves were small but frequent and perfect for paddling. A bit cold for snorkelling and the photos I’ve seen of this beach in summer are beyond marvellous! If you think that calm and turquoise waters are paradise, you’ll love this beach.

Mari Ermi

The beach

Mari Ermi

Little balls of marble sand

Mari Ermi

The beach

Chasing flamingos. AGAIN!

I was NOT expecting to see flamingos here so of course I didn’t bring my long lens. Those pesky birds always got the better of me and no matter how hard I tried, they wouldn’t come close enough for a photo!

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Those pesky flamingos always evaded me

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Flamingos at Mari Ermi

Thank you pretty bridge

I have been on the look out for a pretty bridge for a while and managed to snap these shots of the kids before we headed home.

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Posing on the bridge

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Such wonderful colours on the bridge

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Mari Ermi beach

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And one with the trio

A fleeting visit

We really did have a fleeting visit here. Probably no longer than forty-five minutes, popping in on our way back from a day at Tharros Roman City. It would be lovely to go back in the summer and see the calmer waters and snorkel.

We loved Sardinia so I wouldn’t be surprised if we didn’t head back again.

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