Monaco Harbor stretches almost the entire length of the principality and includes some of the most impressive landmarks that the small country offers. Stroll along the lively quays, stopping at museums and palaces along the way, or step aboard a water taxi and view the sights while drifting on the Mediterranean.
The harbor is split into two quays, separated by Monaco-Ville where the palace and oceanographic museum rise from a rocky outcrop. Fontvieille Harbor, to the south, is smaller but features the majority of the museums. Find Port Hercule, which is full of stylish yachts, to the north near Casino Square and several quality restaurants.
Wander along the harbor and inspect the incredible yachts tied bumper to bumper. Monaco Harbor is one of the most desirable and expensive places to moor a yacht and is frequently full of extravagant vessels. Visit during the Monaco Yacht Show in September to learn about the latest advances in the boating world.
One of the most striking sights on the waterfront is the Prince's Palace in Monaco-Ville, which dates as far back as the 13th century. Experience royal life by exploring the opulent State Apartments and the Hercule Gallery, which features fresco-covered walls depicting mythological creatures. Nearby is the Saint Nicholas Cathedral, a striking white-stone church and the center of religious life in Monaco.
Tour the museums that line the front of the harbor. The Oceanographic Museum, perched on a cliff edge, has an aquarium with sharks, tropical fish and a coral reef living in water pumped in from the sea below.
Satisfy your curiosity at the Stamps and Money Museum, which documents the printing processes for both industries in the principality. Find the Naval Museum, the Museum of Old Monaco and the prince's vintage car collection around Fontvieille Harbor.
Dine on the atmospheric Riviera in the evening, choosing from a wide variety of eating and drinking options. The southern end of Port Hercule offers wine bars, cafés and open-air brasseries. Be aware that some of the more luxurious restaurants available on the casino side of the harbor may have a dress code.