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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> Historical comments

> 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
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


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 : le bateau Frioul If, Croisières Marseille Calanques, Icard Maritime.


Useful addresses:

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

Frioul If express 
tel.: (33) (0)4 96 11 03 50

cnie maritimes calanques et chateau d'If

tel. (33) (0)4 91 33 36 79

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