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Address: 1 quai de la Fraternite, 13001 Marseille, France
Phone Number: +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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Great side trip and a great way to view Marseille

We had a day in Marseille and decided to take the ferry to Chateau D'If. The boat ride to the island was a great way to see the Marseille and once on the island we spent an hour... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 7 June 2012
San Francisco, California
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Mayenne, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2012

We took the boat to Castle D'If, the boat trip was great and I would highly recommend you use it. Whilst at the Castle you must visit the castle and take pictures, well worth it. The boat then takes you to the islands.

Thank Ebbage
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2012

we caught the little ferry from Marseilles to If on a hot Spring afternoon, having been assured by the ticket office we would find a restaurant or cafe there. There was not. There wasn't even a cold drink available from gift shop. The boat unloads you onto a bare dock and the only place you can go on the island... More 

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Orange, France
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2012

This site has some descriptions in English but there are not a lot of commentaries, historical information or human interest stories that make the place interesting to visit. The grounds and steps are very uneven making it difficult for persons who are unsteady or who have difficulties walking. Given the worldwide popularity of the book, it is too bad that... More 

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Wellingborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2012

Liked the boat trip to the isle and the little tour around. Definitely worth visiting.

Thank Helen R
Naxxar, Malta
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2012

Worth every penny ... Not a history enthusiast but notwithstanding the place oozes stories and the carvings on the wall say a thousand words. Amazing views the tranquil surroundings, seagulls and sailing boats were the finishing touch. Just one advice- before going to vieux port to get the ferry, ask your hotel to make a call to the company organising... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2012

We had a day in Marseille and decided to take the ferry to Chateau D'If. The boat ride to the island was a great way to see the Marseille and once on the island we spent an hour and half exploring the castle and history. Kids loved roaming the cells and walking the paths around the castle. Overall a great... More 

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Qawra, Malta
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2012

it is so well preserved and made visit friendly Everything is clearly marked and sign posted and even getting there in the boat is a lovely short trip especially as you leave the Port with the two forts on either side

1 Thank marron222
Groningen, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2012

Tour with the boat allows grat view on the city and its harbour.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2012

It was wet and chilly when we out in the morning to take the ferry to the Chateau d'If, but definately worth it. Very cool place and get to see some good sites on the way.

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Charleston, South Carolina, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2012

The boat ride was enjoyable and the history interesting. Views from the island were impressive. A relaxing venture at a reasonable price. I should mention there are stairs and climbing involved in the Castle tour. Wear your climbing shoes!

2 Thank Norm M

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