It’s hard to overstate the importance of Port Hercule in Monaco. At the foot of the rock on which the Prince's palace sits, this large marina sits in a natural deep bay carved out of the sheer cliffs of Monacois. It was used as far back as Roman times.
At the turn of the 20th century, Prince Albert I extended it and in the 1970s, an artificial seawall was created to provide some wind protection and has become a small biodiverse environment. Come here to see the multi-million dollar super-yachts docked up - you never know, you might get invited on board!
The port is lined with restaurants and bars creating a vibrant atmosphere, while the boutiques, casinos, and Michelin–starred restaurants of Monte Carlo are only a short walk away. Also worth a look is the stunning Yacht Club de Monaco, which was designed by British architect Lord Norman Foster in the shape of a boat.
When to come
Due to the port’s fame and Monaco’s very wealthy residents who park their yachts there year-round, it can be difficult to get a berth at Port Hercule— and finding one indeed becomes a Herculean task during the Grand Prix in May and Monaco Yacht Show in late September. Regardless of when you visit Monaco this glamorous address of Port Hercule will place you right in the centre of the action.
- La Condamine