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Cap d'Ail, in the Cote d'Azur, is a tiny but picturesque village, about two kilometres from Monaco. This area enjoys a pleasant climate, abundant vegetation, and a splendid geographical position. Mostly this French vilalge, erched on the hillside overlooking Monte Carlo, attracts visitors who can't afford the ruinous cost of staying in Monaco itself.

Cap d'Ail boasts a quaint harbour and charming beach with a good selection of water sports. The village is an excellent base from which to explore nearby Monaco and the French Riviera. You can enjoy the lovely harbours, the Palace of Prince Rainier, beautiful shops, various gardens, the Monte Carlo Casino, museums, galleries, and much more. There is also an annual programme of both artistic and sporting events, including: festivals, ballets, the Monte Carlo Car Rally (January), international tennis tournaments (April), and the Formula One Grand Prix (May).

Monaco, an ancient principality covering just one square mile and steeped in a rich and colourful history, is considered by many to be Europe's most fascinating country. A must-see is the Palace of Prince Rainier, where the great apartments are open to the public from June to October; while the Napoleonic Museum and the Archive collection may be visited throughout the year. At midday, the ceremony of the changing of the guard is performed on the Palace Square, and uses a ceremony involving a great deal of marching and counter-marching.

The Oceanographic Museum is another major attraction. Displays include diving saucers and other equipment used by Commandant Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Director of the Museum until 1988. There are models of the various ships used by Prince Albert I for his explorations and a hall devoted to oceanographic research.

Other attractions include: the aquarium; the Cathedral of Monaco; St Martin's Gardens; the Historical Museum of the Princes of Monaco; and the Zoological Gardens. The Casino in Monte Carlo is famous the world over. Its foundations were laid in 1861. Facing the Casino are grand beds of flowers and plants with the most diverse scents.

For a little relaxation, visit the 7,000 square metre Japanese Garden. The work of architect Yasuo Beppu, first-place winner at the Osaka Exhibition in 1990, features a pond, waterfall, a stream, tea house and Zen garden.

Cap d'Ail can be reached by bus or car from nearby Monaco, which is linked to France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium and even Great Britain by the network of European highways. All international trains stop at Monaco/Monte Carlo Station located at Avenue Prince Pierre. Nice Côte d'Azur International Airport is 24km from Monaco.

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