Monaco Ports Opens New Italian Riviera Marina

By Jenna Mehdi

The latest addition to the Monaco Ports collection of marinas has officially opened its doors. Cala del Forte in the Italian city of Ventimiglia, will accommodate superyachts up to 70 metres in length, and proudly welcomed its first superyacht last month after only slight delays relating to COVID-19.

Monaco Ports, who also operate the world-renowned Port Hercules and Port of Fontveille, purchased Cala del Forte Ventimiglia in 2016 in response to increasing demand for berths in the Principality of Monaco. Born from a desire to expand Monaco Ports as well as promote cross-border collaboration, provide jobs and propagate the company ethos, Cala del Forte will be managed and run to the same impeccable standards as her famous sister ports. A spokesman for Cala del Forte told Superyachts.com,

‘We were able to deliver the marina’s waterfront on October 15th when the iconic sailing yacht Tuiga, flagship of the Yacht Club de Monaco, arrived at Cala del Forte from Monaco, the very first to dock at the brand new Molo d’Onore berth. Tuiga was joined soon after by a mighty 50m superyacht that docked nearby only an hour and a half later, followed by three more yachts throughout the afternoon. It was a great opening day!

The port will serve as an ideal starting point for sailing along the French Riviera while remaining based in Italy, with the popular yachting destinations of Nice, St Tropez and Cannes just around the corner. 

Only 7.9 nautical miles from Monaco, yachts berthing at Cala del Forte will also benefit from proximity to the allure of the Italian Riviera, Corsica and Sardinia. The old town of Ventimiglia itself will be accessible via a lift scheduled to be in operation by spring 2021. Cala del Forte will also offer a high speed shuttle service, a 12m motor catamaran capable of carrying up to 12 passengers, with a convenient Cala del Forte to Monaco connection in just 15 minutes.

Depending on the situation around the global pandemic, Cala del Forte is planning an official inauguration at the beginning of next summer.

By Jenna Mehdi