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Address: 1 quai de la Fraternite, 13001 Marseille, France
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+33 4 91 59 02 30

This famous fortress, standing on a rocky island off the coast of...

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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A must for Monte Cristo fans

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... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 there very interesting. Sitting to enjoy a glass of wine at their little cafe worth... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 visible from the port of Marseille. It takes about an hour to explore all the... More 

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Istanbul Province, Turkey
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Castle then using prisoner. Cont de Monte cristo idea has been realised by Alexander Dumas.. Reality and Legend can be understand,when you visit the place. There is historical place and quite near to old pırt of Marseille.. Enjoyable..

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Alberta, Canada
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It may be less pleasant on a colder or windy day but our afternoon was great. There is a shop on the island with drinks and gelato/ice cream so bring a snack if you are prone to exploration hunger. There is are multi lingual pamphlets handed out before you get to the chateaux to buy tickets - they are helpful... More 

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We booked on a boat to go to Chateau D'If and on to Frioul, however the boat just went straight past in both directions, despite the timetable (given us by the boat company) saying it would call there!! So we missed out! The lesson is to ask specifics and not trust a French timetable!

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I enjoy visiting places like this. Interesting piece of history and it's a lovely boat ride over from The Old Port.

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Not a huge amount see on the island, but a must visit if a fan of Dumas novels and great views. The boat ride from the Old Port is great fun and inexpensive (you do have to pay another 6 Euros to visit the Castle). Take your own refreshments as there isn't anything when you get there - at least... More 

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Reviewed 23 March 2017

No need to plan a very long visit: the site is not huge, but nice, interesting, and if you have a bit of background, there is food for thought and daydreaming...

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Herault, France
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Reviewed 7 March 2017 via mobile

Great place on the island with views of Marseille and it's skyline. Go out of season if you can when it's quieter and avoid Mondays when the château is closed.

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Dana Point, California
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Reviewed 7 March 2017

We enjoyed the ride over and the views from the chateau. There is also a little cafe over there and we enjoyed the view and a beer.

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