The world’s most breathtaking ports: The ultimate list of places with wonderful waterfronts, from America to Australia via Italy and Norway
- This series of scintillating snaps will take you on a maritime journey around the globe
- Some of the ports are framed by soaring skyscrapers, others by rolling snow-covered mountains
- Dubrovnik, Portloe in Cornwall, Marina Corricella in Italy, Monte Carlo, Stockholm and Rio all feature
Water wonderful world of waterfronts.
There’s something undeniably romantic and enchanting about a beautiful harbour, as these spell-binding images show.
This series of scintillating snaps will take you on a maritime journey around the globe, from where seaplanes land in Vancouver to breathtaking harbours in Italy, Sweden and Norway.
Of course, South America and Australia feature too.
As does an extremely cute cove in Cornwall.
Scroll down – you’ll almost be able to smell the sea air…
The Old Town harbour in Dubrovnik, Croatia, is part of a 15th-century fortification and once served as a hub for the city’s trading fleet. Today, there is a larger port elsewhere in the city, but cruise ships still pass the old port on the way in. The most striking feature of the harbour is the fort of St John, built in 1346 to protect the city against pirates and other enemy ships
Sea-ing is believing: The fairy-tale harbour at Portloe – one of Cornwall’s prettiest villages
The impossibly romantic rainbow-esque port of Marina Corricella on the island of Procida in the Gulf of Naples
Behold the 203ft-tall Rock of Monaco, which sits between Port de Fontvieille (pictured) and Port Hercule in Monte Carlo
The jaw-dropping coastline around Rio de Janeiro, with Sugarloaf Mountain guarding the mouth of Guanabara Bay and the 124ft Art Deco Christ the Redeemer statue gazing out from the top of Corcovado mountain
Sailing into Venice – which, in its entirety, is a Unesco heritage site – is one of the most memorable maritime experiences it’s possible to have
Bergen is framed by seven hills and harbours not only a beautiful harbour, but cute clapperboard houses and top-drawer museums, too
Geneva harbour and Lake Geneva are a sight to behold. The fountain pictured, Jet d’Eau, shoots water up to a height of 140 metres (460ft)
Labuan Bajo, a fishing town on the west coast of Flores island in the Nusa Tenggara region of east Indonesia, has a most enchanting harbour and is a launch point for trips to nearby Komodo Island and Rinca Island, where Komodo dragons dwell
English Harbour and Nelson’s Dockyard beyond on the paradise island of Antigua and Barbuda
Yes we Canada: Vancouver Harbour is an all-time great – we recommend arriving by seaplane
The 305ft-tall (if you include the pedestal) Statue of Liberty looks out towards the immense New York skyline. This is truly harbour royalty
A breathtaking aerial view of the port town of Svolvaer in Norway’s Lofoten archipelago
No, it’s not CGI, this is a photograph of a real place – Kotor on Montenegro’s Adriatic coast
No picture-list of great harbours would be complete without this scene. One of the best ways of taking in the stunning Sydney waterfront area is to hop on a ferry that goes past the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge
A mesmerising panoramic aerial view of Aberdeen Harbour and Ap Lei Chau Bridge in Hong Kong
The Marina di Porto Rotondo on the Italian island of Sardinia is, by all accounts, bellissimo
The Grand Harbour, aka the Port of Valletta, in Malta. Visitmalta.com rightly proclaims it to be one of the most spectacular ports in the world. It’s been ‘a hive of activity for 2,000 years’, it adds
The harbour in Nice – actual name Port Lympia – is a great spot for superyacht spotting and for gazing at beautiful 18th-century buildings
A spellbinding view across Stockholm’s beautiful Old Town and waterfront area