The Yacht harbor and The Nomade
The Nomade was installed in 2007 and depicts the figure of a person looking out to sea. The sculpture was designed by Barcelona artist Juame Plensa. It squats Eight metres high on the terrace of the Bastion St-Jaume, the site of a Roman temple, a 17th-century fortified tower and, until 1985, a shipyard. When you get close you’ll notice that the figure is made up totally of letters made of aluminium the sculpture is open on one side, so you can walk inside. The best time to see it is after dark or at sunset when it is illuminated. From up here you’ll have a great view of the biggest super yachts moored along the Quai des Milliardaires.
Port Vauban can house 1700 boats. It really is massive, the biggest yacht harbour in Europe. You can spend an hour walking round, admiring the super yachts, it is surely the most stunning concentration of wealth on the planet. But there are also more modest boats of all shapes and sizes. Where oligarchs’ superyachts are now moored there has been a harbour since the before the Romans.
The marina has Fort Carre as a backdrop and the snow- topped mountains behind.