Cap d’Ail: Health Resort on the Mediterranean Sea

The village of Cap d’Ail is known principally for the healing of the sick, since being classified as a health resort since 1921. Many famous people including the royalty of more than one nation have come to this shore to experience peace and healing. The list of famous guests includes the Prince of Wales, the Czarevitch, the Lumière brothers, Greta Garbo, Sacha Guirty, Apollinaire, and Cocteau.

With a population of four thousand five hundred on two hundred four hectares, and sitting sixteen meters above sea level, Cap d’Ail is not a large village in size or population. However, it looms large in importance for a number of reasons that includes: the healing effect of the resort, the imminence of the people who are drawn there, and the warm, friendly ambiance of the Cap d’Ail village itself. It is said that from certain points in the village of Cap d’Ail one can see all the way “from Italy to Var”.

The town’s location on the coast is convenient to both Nice and Monaco by highway A8. People who do not want to drive will find convenient train and bus service to and from the village of Cap d’Ail. Of course, many opt to come in by sea. One can bring their own luxury yacht and heal or vacation in grace and style. The Cap d’Ail port is large enough to dock many boats and yachts.

Though it is known for its health work, Cap d’Ail is much more than a health resort. One does not have to be sick to appreciate a visit to the village. In fact, the village offers options that would challenge some of the fittest athletes. Numerous walking trails provide both shade and picturesque views. There are four main trails, all with wonders and attractions of their own: the cave trail, the Roman trail, the Eden trail, and the coastal trail. These cover many sites of historical and scenic interest throughout the area of Cap d’Ail. Mountain biking is also popular, hills in this part of the country can be quite steep so mountain bikers may have quite a rush as they go up and down the hills surrounding the village of Cap d’Ail.

For the more adventurous athlete there are climbing expeditions to the Barres de la Loubière. If one reaches the top and dares to look down, they are rewarded with a bird’s eye view of some of the most beautiful countryside, with the blue waters of the Mediterranean, the soft white sands of the beach, the green growth of the plant life, and the pretty buildings that make up the village of Cap d’Ail.

Of course, if there is a beach, there has to be water. The waters of Cap d’Ail offer many wondrous opportunities of their own. They are warm, beautiful and inviting. The climate of Cap d’Ail assures a long swimming season. There is swimming, fishing, diving (both scuba and snorkeling), yachting, or just wading. There are all kinds of wonderful things to be discovered just under the surface of the calm, blue Mediterranean waters. The water teems with life, both plant and animal. A naturalist can spend hours observing the fish, shellfish and plants that float peacefully in this haven. There is also a nautical centre.

There are many activities in the village of Cap d’Ail that will appeal to almost anyone of any age or state of health and activity. From May to November, guests and village residents may experience various festivals and entertainment that are put on by the villagers for their guests. There is also a “Sea Festival”. The culturally minded can enjoy an evening of well-performed drama in the theatre. Music lovers can drink in concerts of so many types of music including classical, religious, regattas, and dances. Various exhibitions can also be enjoyed in the village of Cap d’Ail.

Places that may be of interest to guests of the village include the Promenade Parc Sacha Guitry, the calanques (small natural beaches inaccessible from the world except by climbing down the cliff via one of the natural trails), the Saracen tower the Château de L’Ermitage, and the nineteenth century (1800s) Lumière manoir. Several of these sites are masterpieces of architectural brilliance. They reflect the history and culture of the French Riviera in a way that no text book can convey it.

There are many options of where to stay in the village of Cap d’Ail. Five hotels and one holiday centre offer options for even the most discriminating guests. The internet also offers various time-shares in the area. Beaulieu sur Mer and Monaco are both easily accessible.