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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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Nice trip on the boat - continue to Frioul Isles

Nice Chateau - not much to see really - but one can continue trip to the Frioul islands - swim in the Calanques - it's marvelous fresh and sparkling sea... Very nice views of... read more

Reviewed September 15, 2012
Valletta, Malta
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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Reviewed January 20, 2013

Maybe regular trips to the Castle of If leave you more time than we had, but on our tour we were only left 45 minutes on the island, and that was too little. The castle itself is interesting and give you a good view of the area. It is not a big castle, but for its history it is worth... More 

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Reviewed January 1, 2013

we visit it in family, go there when it is sunny not too much wind because the boat will be a nightmare, but apart of this nice place nice cultural visit

1 Thank lyndas00
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed October 28, 2012

Perfect place to visit, especially after watching The Count of Monte Christo. Castle to defend, turned into notorious prison. Worth a visit!

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Ankara, Turkey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed October 10, 2012

Return boat trip 10,10 Euro. Entrance fee is 5,50 Euro. Free for the Marseille City Pass owners. Nothing special in the castle and probably you won't find what you want. You don't miss anything if you don't see the castle and the cells. If you want a fantastic view of the city from the ferry and castle you can go.... More 

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Sydney Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 521 helpful votes
Reviewed October 4, 2012

This should have been an interesting and enjoyable experience and it was to a certain degree. However ....... We have all read or heard about the exploits of the Count of Monte Christo. Message to the Marseille tourism department: Alexandre Dumas's book is a work of FICTION! How dare you insult our intelligence by showing us the cells where Edmond... More 

7 Thank WellTravelledAussie2
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 29, 2012

located on the island of If in the mediterranean sea. Well known setting for The Count of Monte Cristo of Alexandre Dumas noble accessible by boat only.

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Woking, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 18, 2012

Fantastic views of Marseilles and the other local islands. Very interesting and informative. Slightly awkward to get to as reliant of water ferries which at peak times were very crowded and could not always pick everyone up.

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Valletta, Malta
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Reviewed September 15, 2012

Nice Chateau - not much to see really - but one can continue trip to the Frioul islands - swim in the Calanques - it's marvelous fresh and sparkling sea... Very nice views of Marseille and a lovely setting swimming in these Calanques

2 Thank Pikku007
Petach Tikva, Israel
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Reviewed August 19, 2012

Even though my family are big Dumas fans we almost skipped this based on lukewarm reviews. The island of If was used as a prison island for several hundred years and is the prison that the "Count of Monte Cristo" is based on. To get to the island, you take a ferry which leaves from the far southeast corner of... More 

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Rijswijk, Holland
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Reviewed August 16, 2012

We were lucky that we did not have to wait too long (queue at the ticket office and waiting for departure). The trip was short but very pleasant and the visit to the Château was an unforgettable experience. I never thought that a book and several films about this island could have such an impact on many tourists!!! Well done... More 

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