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Monaco already has two leisure ports on its territory, Hercule and Fontvieille, and by 2025 a marina will be built on the Larvotto offshore urban extension.  The Principality also has berths in the port of Ventimiglia.

Port Hercule, situated in what is now the La Condamine district, is the Principality’s historic port.  Its first traces date back to Greek and then Roman antiquity.  At that time, Port Hercule was an important part of the trade routes of the Mediterranean basin.  According to legend, Monaco was perhaps even founded by the demigod while he was on his way to complete one of his Labours!

In the early 20th century, Prince Albert I decided to develop this port with the construction of two jetties.  Port Hercule, which is one of the few deep-water ports on the Côte d’Azur, was then extended, with the addition of a semi-floating breakwater to accommodate cruise ships and yachts of large size and tonnage.  For the past 30 years, with its 800 berths, it has hosted the largest gathering of superyachts in the world, featuring more than a hundred 49-metre units – the Monaco Yacht Show.

Port Hercule also has its own flagship – the Monaco Yacht Club building, designed by the architect Norman Foster and inaugurated in 2014.

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The port of Fontvieille was built at the time of the construction of the offshore urban extension to the west of the Principality in the 1970s.  It is sheltered from wind and waves and has approximately 300 berths.

To increase the Principality’s mooring capacity, the Monaco Ports Operating Company (Société d’Exploitation des Ports de Monaco), which is responsible for the technical and commercial management of the ports, purchased the port of Ventimiglia, Cala del Forte, in late 2016.  Since 2020, the port has offered 171 new berths.  A shuttle bus links Ventimiglia with Monaco in 15 minutes.

In 2025, Monaco will also have a new private marina as part of the new offshore urban extension of Monegasque territory.  This eco-neighbourhood was designed by the Valode & Pistre firm and the internationally renowned architect Renzo Piano.  It will offer more than 60,000 m² of housing, public facilities, a public car park, a one-hectare park and a coastal promenade, and will also include a small 25-berth marina.

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