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Château d'If

The famous island fort facing Marseille immortalised by Alexander Dumas in The Count of Monte Cristo.

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 Dantès, was incarcerated before ultimately escaping. The castle was built by François 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.

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Offers

> Historical comments
French

> Unaccompanied tour with guide booklet and historical comments
French, English, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Czech
Duration: 45 min (1 hr 30 min with visit of the island)

> Guided tour
French
Reservations: 1 week
Duration: 30 min (1 hr 30 min with visit of the island)

> Permanent exhibition
Alexander Dumas and the Count of Monte Cristo

Practical information

Opening hours

À noter

Horaires sous réserve de la météo
Les horaires des navettes maritimes sont détaillés sur les sites suivants :
- Frioul-If-Express
- Croisières Marseille Calanques Icard Maritime

From 2 January to 2 April

Open every day except monday 10.00-17.00

From 3 April to 30 September

Open every day 10.00-18.00

From 2 October to 31 December

Open every day except monday 10.00-17.00

Closing days

Monday
1 January and 25 December

Access

If (postmail) Château d'If
B.P. 70411
13177 Marseille CEDEX 20
Ph. : 33 / 06 03 06 25 26 / 06 80 52 75 96Fax : 04 42 96 14 37
GPS coordinatesLatitude : 43.2798Longitude : 5.3251Plan your route

By boat

Boarding in Vieux Port (down of the Cannebière) Quai de la Fraternité (13001 Marseille Company : Frioul If Express, Croisières Marseille Calanques, Icard Maritime.

Suggestions

Useful addresses:

Marseille Tourist Office
tel.: (33) (0)8 26 50 05 00
Lecture tours: French, English, German, Italian
www.marseille-tourisme.com 

Frioul If express 
tel.: (33) (0)4 91 46 54 65
www.frioul-if-express.com