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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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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.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 December 2016
Paris, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 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 23 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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Paris, France
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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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Marseille, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

from all over the world people heard about Edmond Dantes; this was his place (in the book); very romantic isn't it?

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

We were surprised by the wonderful weather that made our visit to reflect, very memorable. The café is perfectly located with great views and terrace. Coffee is good, and French. Café au lait est bien, il n'y a pas de esspresso ou cappuccino.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

5 euros to enter the castle comanding excelent views, very interesting history, first stop of our 2 island boat trip.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Great place to say you've seen and some spectacular views of Marseille, but for the price of the ferry (€10.80 each) and the entrance fee (€5.50 each) I'm not 100% sure it's worth it

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Have a nice lunch near the dock in a French bistro then take the early afternoon ferry ride. You really only need 1 hour or so but the boat only comes a 5 oclock to pick you up for the return. There are chairs and a café to get drinks and if it is sunny it is a pleaent afternoon.

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