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Address: 1 quai de la Fraternite, 13001 Marseille, France
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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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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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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Lyon, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I loved the view of the island and awesome history too! It was quite a romantic spot with some degree of privacy as i could just observe the views with my wife! Totally loved every minute spent there!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017 via mobile

I love historical things and places. Chateau d'If is fantastic for that. My fiancé and I also love traveling off the beaten path, and once they take your ticket on the island you're free to roam. The views are gorgeous and the graffiti on the chateau itself helps explain, at least to me, why there's so much graffiti all around... More 

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Milan, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

It takes 20 minutes by boat from Marseille Vieux Port. Take time to visit carefully the chateau, there is also a video explaining its history. In 10 minutes by boat, you can also arrive a Port Frioul, very charming island in winter. You have to consider for the overall visit around 3 hours and half.

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Paris, France
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016

To be honest, you'll find much more tourists than locals in "Le Château d'If" but if the weather is nice and you've seen already all what Marseille has to offer, a cruise and a visit might be nice. Especially with kids ! And don't forget to read "Le Comte de Monte-Christo" afterwards...

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Montseret, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016

I remembered the chateau from reading the Count of Monte Cristo, and I could visualise more from the book as a result of my visit here, while the women of the family were getting their hair dressed.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

good for a visit with blue sky, but interesting, historically. The view of the coast and the city seen from the top of the towers is worth the climb.

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