A Brief Overview of Cap d'Ail
Sitting right on the border with Monaco, the pretty town of Cap d’Ail is no ordinary seaside resort. The stunning beaches, luxury real estate and fascinating past have been drawing crowds to Cap d’Ail for years. Historically one of the oldest communes on the French Riviera, Cap d’Ail actually only became an official French town in 1906. Before that, the town variously belonged to Italy, Monaco, Italy once again, Sardinia and finally France in 1860. The Italian invasion left the greatest impression on the area as the name Cap d’Ail is thought to be taken from the Italian ‘Cap d’Aglio’ or Cape of the Bee. The town’s coat of arms still features 3 bees plus the town’s historic Tour d’Aglio or bee tower, so there seems to be no escaping Cap d’Ail’s cosmopolitan past. Bordered by mountains on one side, and the Mediterranean on the other, this little resort town is absolutely enchanting, the perfect spot for a base in the South of France. Take advantage of the beautiful scenery and golden sunshine to start a new life on the French Riviera today.
Thanks to Cap d’Ail’s perfect position next door to glamorous Monaco, you’ll have no shortage of entertainment options. The principality is always buzzing with a new art exhibition or big-name concert, and of course, the luxury boutiques and stores are fabulous for shopping fans. And it’s not just Monaco, with Italy just a hop, skip and a jump away, there’s always time for a tasty cappuccino or leisurely lunch over the border. In summer, make the most of living by the sea and spend time discovering the hidden coves around the town’s beaches. Charter a boat and sail down the coast, or jump right in and dive some of the incredible sites around Cap d’Ail and Monaco. Then once the cooler weather arrives, it’ll be time to head up to the mountains for the ski season. With the Southern Alps, just a quick drive or helicopter ride away from Cap d’Ail, you’ll have no excuse not to hit the slopes every weekend! Situated within minutes of some of the most well-known places on the French Riviera, Cap d’Ail is the ideal spot to call home in this part of the world.
Made popular in the 1920s by its gorgeous beaches and azure blue waters, Cap d’Ail was listed as a health resort in 1921.The balmy Mediterranean climate and stunning views over Monaco and St Jean Cap Ferrat have been enchanting visitors ever since. Over the years the town has played host to many a big-name visitor from the world of entertainment and politics. British Prime Minister and art enthusiast Winston Churchill spent so much time in Cap d’Ail in the 1950s that he was eventually named its honorary mayor! These days Cap d’Ail is still a health resort and chic beach destination, but the busy little town is known for lots more besides beaches. As soon as you start to explore the surrounding area, you’ll understand why Cap d’Ail has always been in such great demand as a prime location on the Cote d’Azur. From the exciting array of watersports to the historic Castle, the iconic jazz festival to the fashionable boutiques, Cap d’Ail has something for everyone to enjoy. Buying a place in the sun has never looked quite so good!
Living in Cap d'Ail
Once you decide to buy luxury property in Cap d’Ail, you’ll never look back. Life in this exclusive little seaside resort is the perfect combination of city style and beachside chic. Enjoy long lazy days at one of the private beaches, leisurely strolls along one of the many coastal paths, or an evening of music and laughter at one of the summer concerts. Go shopping in the modern town centre or stop for a coffee in one of the traditional French bistros along the main street, you’ll love discovering everything that Cap d’Ail has to offer.
If you’re after a little culture on the French Riviera, then Cap d’Ail is the place to be. The beautifully-renovated Château des Terrasses, a 19th-century chateau is at the heart of the town’s artistic and cultural programme. The castle is set in beautifully landscaped gardens and hosts lots of concerts, plays, exhibitions and conferences throughout the year. The Jean Cocteau Amphitheatre is another incredible location for concerts and shows in Cap d’Ail. Decorated by the great man himself, the space has a breathtaking view over the Mediterranean which is absolutely perfect for evening performances. The amphitheatre also hosts the yearly Jazz Festival ‘Cap Jazz’ which will definitely be one to put in your diary every August. Watch big names from the world of jazz perform under the stars accompanied by the sounds of the cicadas in the trees around the theatre, there’s no better way to enjoy live music.
Cap d’Ail also has its very own museum, La Villa les Camélias, one of the prettiest in the South of France. Set in a magnificent cream wedding cake of a villa, the museum hosts 2 floors of paintings, drawings and enamels by the celebrated Basque painter Ramiro Arrue. The ground floor is devoted to all things Cap d’Ail, with an impressively large collection of photos celebrating life in the town from the end of the nineteenth century to the 1950s. Learn more about life in a coastal town back in the day and discover which famous names called Cap d’Ail home during the winter months. The museum has a lovely little shop on site, but the real draw is the gorgeous garden set around the villa. Escape the heat of the day under the shady pine and palm trees and discover the well-stocked vegetable garden hidden amongst the rose bushes, there can’t be many museums set in such idyllic surroundings.
Sports fans will feel equally at home in Cap d’Ail. The beaches have an exciting range of watersports on offer with new toys every summer season. Cap d’Ail is also a great place for diving enthusiasts. Whether you’re a complete beginner or an experienced diver, you’ll love exploring the seabed under the Mediterranean and greeting some of the marine life that lives in the warm waters round Cap d’Ail. Back on dry land, the town also has a modern sports complex and tennis courts if you fancy challenging friends to a game. In September the town hosts what must surely be the triathlon with the best view in the world. Swim, run and bike your way through the surrounding countryside before indulging in a well-earned rest down on one of the private beaches for the rest of the day. And if that all sounds a bit too much like hard work, you could always book into one of the town’s spas for some relaxation and a luxurious treatment or two, far from the madding crowd.
When it comes to shopping, you’ll love the great selection of shops along the Basse Corniche in the town centre. Check out designer home stores, or buy locally-made gifts for family and friends. Or if you’re after something a little bit special, pop over to Monaco and spend a morning browsing the luxury boutiques in Monte Carlo. At less than 5 minutes drive away, you’ll always have time for a shopping spree in the principality!. And speaking of shopping, during the summer months the town’s nocturnal market is a great opportunity to pick up a bargain. Held on Saturday evenings during the month of August, you never know, you might just find the perfect piece for your new home on one of the pretty arts and craft stands.
Cap d’Ail is also the ideal place for a relaxing dinner with friends. Between the bistos in the town centre and the beachfront restaurants all along the bay, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to dining out. Go back to the glamorous 1930’s in local favourite Edmond’s which still looks exactly as it did back in the days when Greta Garbo used to pop in for cocktails. Or reserve a table at Le Cabanon which is precisely midway between Monaco and Cap d’Ail. The food is exceptional, but the real star here is the setting, sit between the sea and the sky on the Maritime Terrace and taste Mediterranean cuisine at its very finest. And if you fancy getting even closer to the ocean, then head straight to Mala Beach and eat at La Reserve de Mala. The most luxurious beachfront restaurant in town, you’ll love the elegant Champagne Bar and exclusive VIP tables out on the pontoon. With wild parties throughout the summer and live music well into the small hours, La Reserve is definitely the place to be seen when you’re in town.
Leading down from the town towards the coastline, there are several scenic trails to discover. Walk along the Sentier de la Pointe des Douaniers or the Chemin Romain and admire the views and lush Mediterranean plants and flowers in this natural park area. For an easy afternoon stroll, take the coastal path which stretches from Plage Mala to Plage Marquet before stopping off for a cool drink in one of the chic beachfront restaurants. And down at sea level, you’ll find some of the most beautiful beaches in the region just waiting to be explored. Dramatic cliffs lead down to a string of beaches surrounded by crystal clear water, Thailand has got nothing on Cap d’Ail! Swim in tiny sheltered coves or spend a luxurious afternoon reclining on the sunloungers at Mala Plage. With cocktails and massage available on tap throughout the day, we can guarantee you’ll never get tired of the sunshine and magnificent views in this particular little slice of paradise set in the heart of the French Riviera.
Luxury Real Estate in Cap d'Ail
From Belle Epoque villas to state of the art contemporary homes, we have an outstanding collection of Cap d'Ail real estate for you to choose from. Purchase a Cap d'Ail property perched high in the hills above the town, or opt for a waterfront residence with access to a private beach, this lovely little town has got it all.
If you’re after a stunning sea view, this unique Cap d'Ail villa is sure to catch your eye. Chic and modern with high ceilings and a neutral contemporary decor, the villa features a spacious living area where you can hear the waves breaking on the beach below. There are currently 2 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms but there is also room to expand should you need to. Flooded with natural light and blessed with panoramic sea views over the bay, this house was designed with a French Riviera summer season in mind. Enjoy a BBQ in the garden and then retire to the terrace to watch the sun go down over the bay, what a way to spend your evenings!
This incredible water-front villa in Cap d’Ail is definitely a showstopper. The 600m² villa has 7 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms which are spread over 5 levels plus a private elevator to save you from running up and downstairs all day!.The whole family will love the entertainment room, sauna, jacuzzi and hammam which will keep you and your guests in top shape. Outside, the enormous landscaped garden with its pool and summer kitchen is perfect for entertaining during the summer months. Overlooking glorious Mala Bay, and with breathtaking views, this villa is one in a million!
Those are just a few of the luxury houses for sale in Cap d'Ail. Scroll back up to view our full portfolio or get in touch with your criteria, and we will put together a property selection for you based on your budget and needs.
Investing in Cap d'Ail Real Estate
There are lots of reasons to invest in luxury real estate on the French Riviera. With its perfect location, gorgeous beaches and enviable lifestyle, it’s no wonder houses for sale in Cap d’Ail are so highly sought-after. When it comes to finding a second home or purchasing a property with a view to letting in the South of France, Cap d’Ail should definitely be top of your list. Here's why:
The weather. You can’t beat Cap d'Ail’s Mediterranean climate. Enjoy warm winters and long hot summers with blue skies and sunshine as standard.
The location. Next door neighbour to glamorous Monaco and just down the road from Nice and Cannes, Cap d’Ail is ideally located on the French Riviera.
The rich history. Cap d’Ail has been home to some of the most well-known faces in the world over the years, now it’s your turn to follow in their footsteps
The easy access. Nice Cote d’Azur International Airport is just down the road, and neighbouring Monaco has a handy helipad for quick transfers.
The beaches. Cap d’Ail has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, let alone the French Riviera. Soft shingle, crystal-clear waters and hidden coves, it’s all here waiting for you.
The scenery. Cap d’Ail is where the mountains meet the Mediterranean. There’s something for everyone in this beautiful little resort.
The lifestyle. The town is chic and sophisticated, but the coastline is wild and unspoilt, the perfect combination.
The events. From comedy to jazz and even a traditional summer ball, you’ll love Cap d’Ail’s busy social calendar
The nightlife. With Monaco literally just minutes away, you’ll have some of the best restaurant and clubs in the world right on your doorstep.
Highlights of the Social Calendar
With Monaco just next door, Cap d’Ail has front row tickets to all the best events in the principality. But the town also has its own very lively social calendar with traditional festivals and celebrations held throughout the year. Here are a few of our favourites which we think are well worth checking out:
- Cap d’Ail Health & Well-being Festival ~ April
- Cap d’Ail Junior Tennis Open ~ April
- Cap d’Ail Les soirées Sacha Guitry ~ May
- Monaco Grand Prix & Historic Grand Prix ~ May
- Cap d’Ail Fête de la Mer ~ June
- Cap d’Ail Fête de la Musique~ June
- Cap d’Ail Summer Ball ~ July
- Cap d’Ail Juillet à Cap d’Ail Festival ~ July
- Cap d’Ail Fête de l’abeille ~July
- Cap d’Ail Jazz Festival Cap Jazz~ August
- Monaco Yacht Show ~ September
- Cap d’Ail Christmas Fair ~ December
Buying Property in Cap d'Ail
Buying a luxury real estate in Cap d'Ail can seem confusing at first but it’s actually a very straight-forward procedure.
The purchase process is set up to protect both buyer and seller and usually only takes a couple of months from start to finish. From putting in an offer to collecting the keys to your new Cap d'Ail home we’ll be with you every step of the way, so the only thing that you’ll need to do is find your perfect property from our fantastic selection.
To help you understand how it works, we've visualised the purchase process in France on the following infographic.
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What’s not to like about Cap d’Ail? If you’ve fallen in love with this pretty little seaside resort and would like more information our Cap d'Ail real estate, get in touch with our luxury property specialists today. Our team will be more than happy to arrange a viewing of any of our properties that catch your eye.