Port Hercule

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Panorama taken in the end of May 2010 that shows the Port Hercule, Prince's Palace and part of Principality of Monaco.


Port Hercule - La Condamine visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Port Hercule' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Monaco.

Port Hercule (Port of Hercules) in Monaco is one of the few deep-water ports on the French Riviera. The port has been used since Greek and Roman times, but was not well protected from easterly winds.

In 1901, under Prince Albert I, construction of the new Port Hercule began. It was seen as vital to the future development and economy of Monaco and was finally completed in 1926. Exposure to easterly storms was still an issue, and in the 1970's, under HRH Prince Rainier III further developments were done to provide better protection and facilities.

The result was the construction of a 352m long, partially floating sea wall / barrier off the coast of Gibraltar which was then towed into place in Monaco. This not only improved protection to Port Hercule, but also provided mooring for cruise ships up to 300m long, which now visit Monaco in their hundreds.

The rest of the port is able to accommodate luxury yachts and boats up to 135m long, and as a result Port Hercule has become something of a one-stop shop for the most expensive, luxurious and extravagant yachts on earth.

Port Hercule, as befits any luxury resort, is surrounded by high end shops, restaurants and cafes. Rising above it are luxury apartment blocks. It occupies the heart of La Condamine district of Monaco, with Monte Carlo and Monte Carlo Casino just to the north and Monaco-Ville, where most of the top tourist attractions in Monaco are found, to the south.


Port d'Hercule
7 avenue JF.KENNEDY
Phone: +377 97 77 30 00
Web: ports-monaco.com


Train: The Monaco - Monte Carlo (SNCF) Station.
Flight: Nice-Côte-d'Azur International Airport 22km from Monaco.
Road: Monaco is linked to France, (A8) and other European nations by a network of highways.
Boat: Large cruise ships can dock in Monaco. The Principality's two ports are equipped to greet pleasure-boats, the Port Hercule harbor and Fontvieille.

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