Turquoise water, white sand, a carpet of flowers strewn alongside the coastal trails in the spring and breathtaking sunsets in the autumn; it’s Saint-Tropez! The bay has more than its fair share of beautiful beaches, but there’s one in particular that we would like to tell you about right now; Canebiers.
In tribute to hemp rope
We must go back in time to understand the origin of the name of this beautiful beach. Back to the days when merchant ships sailed the waters of the Gulf of Saint-Tropez and the Mediterranean in general, transporting oil, wine, cereals, cotton goods and more. As every sailor knows, rope is of vital importance to a sailing ship. It’s an essential component of halyards, rigging, moorings and other items of ship’s equipment. The best rope, made of natural hemp, was strong and resistant to rotting. At the end of the 18th century, hemp crops cultivated in Saint-Tropez and throughout much of the Mediterranean area supplied the ropemakers who fitted the ships. The name Canebiers is derived from canabe, which in the Provençal dialect means hemp!
Now we have reeds
Today, the graceful stems of reeds have replaced the hemp crops of yesteryear. This detracts from the beauty of the place not one iota; the wide expanse of white sand gently caresses bare feet and makes a soft mattress on which to spread a towel for sunbathing, and the sand is still lapped by turquoise waters that welcome the bather. Meanwhile, the coastal trails that criss-cross beyond the beach invite you to discover the bay on foot and wander amidst multihued flowers, moss-covered rocks, enchanting coves and umbrella pines.
From the Sezz Saint Tropez you can reach Canebiers Beach in just a few minutes. As soon as the Sezz reopens for a new season, it’s time to relax and enjoy the mild climate of Saint-Tropez...
Sezz Saint-Tropez, a 5-star hotel in the heart of Saint-Tropez