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Chateau d'If

1 quai de la Fraternite, 13001 Marseille, France
+33 4 91 59 02 30
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This famous fortress, standing on a rocky island off the coast of Marseille, was immortalised by Alexandre Dumas in The Count of Monte Cristo as the prison where the novel’s hero, Edmond Dantes, was incarcerated before ultimately escaping. The castle was built by Francois I in 1524 and over the centuries it gained a fearsome reputation as many opponents of royal power were jailed and died in the fortress. The Castle of If has been perfectly preserved and is one of the most impressive historical sites on the Mediterranean coastline. Open: > 15th May to 20th September: from 9.30 a.m. to 6.15 p.m. > 21st September to 14th May: from 9.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. The last visit depends on the timetable of boats, information at the tourist information center, on our website monuments-nationaux.fr or on Frioul If express. Closed: > Mondays from 21st September to 14th May. > 1st January, 25th December and subject to bad weather. Admission fees: Adults : 5,50 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 4 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups.
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1 quai de la Fraternite, 13001 Marseille, France
+33 4 91 59 02 30
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Reviewed yesterday

We were not sure about visiting this island but so glad we did. The chateau has an interesting history, notwithstanding that their most famous inmate, is "fictional ". There was a display about Alexander Dumas. This was most interesting and gave me lots of information...More

Thank David A
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice boat trip to hot and interesting island. It was smaller than I tought but worth to visit anyway 😊

Thank familytravelerTurku
Reviewed 1 week ago

The boat trip there provided us with a beautiful view of the Marseille harbor. The fort itself was interesting to visit especially because it was the basis for the story of the Count of Monte Christo. We also enjoyed to sit and have a very...More

Thank bracha t
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great island view the building commands the scene as it has the appearance a lot like a castle. Another great location.

Thank chickandbeast
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited both Chateau d'If and the Frioul Islands, and one of the highlights was the ride through Marseille's historic harbor, followed by majestic views of the coastline. The chateau itself is just the right size to explore in under two hours. Climb to the...More

2  Thank Eric A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I visited early in May. I arrived in the city on a Friday afternoon and planned to visit on Saturday because I thought it would be a full day trip. There are several tour companies that leave from the old port area of the city...More

1  Thank ParkerUSCH
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The boat trip from the vieux port is nice but the value of the island is mainly for the lovers of alexandre dumas and the count of monte christo story a nice tour of the era of the Roi Soleil.

Thank HichamGM
Reviewed 8 May 2017 via mobile

If your a fan of castles, boats or history then then visit d'if. Its a short boat ride from Marseille port costing around €6 each, then a entrace fee actually at the castle. The views are stunning and should be high on your list of...More

1  Thank Chris W
Reviewed 25 April 2017

The short trip by boat from the Marseille marina was worth the time. Viewing Marseille to and from the island was great and always nice to be on the water. The island and Chateau were great and easy to tour, with the story and history...More

Thank JeanV22
Reviewed 19 April 2017

With the mixed reviews, I really was not expecting to enjoy myself as much as I did. Though it was a long time since I read the Count of Monte Cristo, I quickly got reacquainted with the story. The chateau on a small island is...More

2  Thank WorldWanderer88
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Do they have bot trips going to chateau d'if all year around? Can anyone direct me to a website that says whether the boat still runs in the "off season"?
18 June 2017|
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Response from Eric A | Reviewed this property |
We visited in February of 2016. The schedule was more limited then, but it was still a popular trip.
Hello fellow pet enthusiasts, are dogs allowed to come along on the boat and the island? Thank you.
11 April 2017|
Response from emafalc | Reviewed this property |
I' m sorry I don"t know. Maybe in website you can find this info.
Hello fellow pet enthusiasts, are dogs allowed to come along on the boat and the island? Thank you.
11 April 2017|
Response from Sally T | Reviewed this property |
I don't see any Pet's around the island........