Overlooking the glitzy side of Monaco ville

It’s hard to overstate the importance of Port Hercule in Monaco

This large marina sits in a natural deep bay carved out of the sheer cliffs of Monaco, and is home to a fleet of huge superyachts as well as smaller vessels and cruise ships.

The port has 700 berths, of which 30 are visitor docks according to availability. Port Hercules has 110 berths accommodating yachts over 24m, with its largest berth able to accept a yacht up to 130m in length.

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.

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. 

For your provisioning and yachting needs, you’ll find a Casino supermarket just behind the port and many marine businesses including two chandleries, as well as a small shipyard.

Port of Fontvielle

Sitting beneath the east face of the Rock of Monaco and protected by a large sea wall, the Port of Fontvieille is extremely well protected. It’s a great spot, with a vibrant collection of bars and restaurants lining the port, and the royal palace and Monaco’s old town perched high on the cliff above. There’s even an English pub. However, there aren’t many marine facilities, and you’ll have to go to the nearby Port Hercule to find practical things like fuel, a chandlery or a shipyard. This is very much a charming residential port rather than a working one. 

Facilities and services: Water, electricity (220-380V), toilets and showers, restaurants and bars, telephone, waste disposal for oil and batteries, security patrols 24/7. Nearby you’ll find a shopping centre and supermarkets, as well as a helipad if the need arises. 

Note: If you need your black water pumping you can do it for free at the Monaco Hercule Port.