Rendez-vous at the Château d'If

Rendez-vous at the Château d'If Château d’If 13001 Marseille fr
  • © Centre des monuments nationaux. Ph. Berthé

  • © Centre des monuments nationaux - Ph. Berthé

  • © Centre des monuments nationaux. Ph. Berthé

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.

Tour

  • Unaccompanied tour with guide booklet: French, English, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Czech

Duration: 45 min (1 hr 30 min with visit of the island)

  • Historical comments: French
  • Audio-guide tour: French, English, German, Italian, Spanish
  • 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

Access

  • 1, Quai de la Fraternité in Marseille, old port boat bridge Frioul, If Express (20 minutes crossing to go and 45 minutes to come back)

Contact

Château d’If
B.P. 70411
13177 Marseille Cedex 20

Reservations (weather conditions): Tel: +33 (0)6 03 06 25 26