The greatest aspect of arriving at a stunning location out of holiday times is that you get entire beaches to yourself! We have been utterly spoilt here in southern Sardinia because whilst the locals are at work and the tourists are still away, we can visit these picture perfect beaches with not another soul present. It is perfection!
Pulling abruptly off the SP17 (the coastal road that leads to Cagliari) onto a dry and cracked dirt track, you meander down what looks like a creak bed until you can go no further. The track just stops and with no signs to lead us anywhere, we abandoned the car and went in search of the coast. Ducking under the bush-trees and following tracks we finally happened upon a rocky cove.
Climbing the rocks to find the beach
We are discovering the beaches in southern Sardinia are quite rocky and we’re really loving it. As we wondered down to this rocky cove we could see the glinting of the white sand in the next cove and decided to hop over the rocks to reach it.
It’s not that the rocky coves are ugly, far from it, there’s just something about sand that attracts our children!
There are loads of rocks to climb here which the kids seem to love and I’m not going to complain. They’re having fun and getting exercise. Hopefully it’ll wear them out and make them sleep lol.
Tropical views at Sa Ruxi
The water, as always we’ve found here on Sardinia, is clear like tap water but still a little cold. It doesn’t deter the younger kids though and they’re happy to splash around, usually in their underwear, although this time they managed to change into swim-wear!
tiny bays hidden in lush Mediterranean vegetation
When I was idly reading the guide book on the flight over here, I read the description above but never in my wildest dreams did I actually expect it to look like this in real life. Call me a cynic but I am skeptical of guide books!
Three bay wonder
Sa Ruxi is actually made up of three bays with a strip of sand dividing them through the middle. Protected by small cliffs to the rear and dotted rocks in the sand, we were sheltered from the wind that is quite often present during the spring months. Nothing like the winds of Madeira, the winds here are not that strong and it is especially nice in these coves and bays with the sunshine on you.
Second bay which is sand
Having three kids is sometimes hard to manage. They’re such different children and all with different wants and needs. Our youngest likes to splash around and jump the waves whereas our middley likes to climb and throw rocks. Our oldest is more concerned with looking good for social media lol so we need to find something that suits them all.
I think Sa Ruxi managed to do that well. The waters here are safe with a gentle lapping of frequent but small wave. The waters are quite deep though and almost upon entrance the kids were up to their waists. This is a good beach for children who don’t require constant monitoring.
If you’ve read my other posts you’ll know that our boy likes to jump on rocks in the middle of the water. I have yet to figure out why but it seems to be a little challenge he has set himself and without getting too wet. I have been baffled as to how he manages to get to these rocks without me noticing and with dry clothes so this time I keep a close eye on him (usually I am busy exploring) and he’s like a little leap frog, bounding off the rocks. Of course it’s only a matter of time before he breaks a limb but for now he’s relatively safe and I am just thankful he has yet to really discover trees 😛
SUnbathing on the rocks
Our social media queen likes to sunbathe and keep an eye out for potential intruders. I am not sure if we could stay here for tourist season, I think she’d be a bit put out!
Sitting in the rock pools
The water is still on the tepid side (and that’s being optimistic). I am far too cold still to get in but our bunch of explorers have a way to combat this. Rock pools! The water in the pools is nicely heated and they can warm themselves up by sitting in them. Clever sausages!
I took so many photos here because I just couldn’t get over the clarity of the water and this week, we’re one team member down. Rich is of working in the far east, funding our travels, and for now I’m holding the helm (or something like that).