The Château d'If (French pronunciation: [ʃɑto dif]) is a fortress and former prison located on the Île d'If, the smallest island in the Frioul archipelago, situated about 1.5 kilometres (7⁄8 mile) offshore from Marseille in southeastern France. It is famous for being one of the settings of Alexandre Dumas's adventure novel The Count of Monte Cristo.
The Île d'If measures 3 hectares (0.03 km2) and is located 3.5 km (2+1⁄8 mi) west of the Old Port of Marseille. The entire island is heavily fortified; high ramparts with gun platforms surmount the cliffs, which rise steeply from the surrounding ocean. Apart from the fortress, the island is uninhabited.
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Karen Antashyan | Feb 6, 2018
Amazing feelings embrace you in this island, especially if you as a child read the immortal work of Alexander Dumas Comte Monte Cristo and was thrilled by all the dramatic stories through which the hero passed to achieve just revenge.
Mark Green | Aug 1, 2017
The boat is easy to step off onto the harbour but there are about 100 steps up from there to the castle and cafe. The cafe has outdoor seating and nice views. The castle is good to look around and can climb stairs right up to the roof top of the main turret. All information panels are in French only. Worth a stop on your way to the isl de frioul.
farhan haque | Feb 14, 2018
Tourist hotspot in Marseille.Great for a day tour.
Jay L. | Aug 10, 2017
Interesting and well made. Definitely worth doing the tour if you have time in Marseille to spend. Only criticism, they charge per person 16€ for the boat trip and another 6 to actually let you on the island. Apart from that good.
Paola Aquino | Oct 30, 2017
I love this place! Went here with my brother and his gf by ourselves last summer on our Europe cruise trip. This Marseille sightseeing trip was not offered on our cruise but it's very easy to go here by yourself! You can get here by taking a boat ride from the Old Port (Le Vieux Port). Just checked the schedule on when they usually depart. It was a very good trip because there were not a lot of tourists. I think there were only 5-7 people when we got there and they were also about to leave the island so the place was really deserted. It felt like we got the whole island for ourselves! Haha! It was an awesome experience to see in person the setting of Alexandre Dumas' "The Count of Monte Cristo"! We were able to get a lot of good photos of the place! The view from the top was really beautiful! There is a souvenir shop by the entrance of this place. There is also a small coffee shop on the island. This island was one of my favorite places on our trip! ❤️
Lesley McFadyen | Apr 7, 2018
Historic prison where you can find out the details of who was imprisoned here. Also used as the location where the Count of Monte Cristo was held in the book by Dumas. There is a bar and restaurant here to relax after seeing the castle. The boat trip and the island itself give a great view back to the city of Marseille.
Keith Moffatt | Apr 6, 2018
I really enjoyed heading out to the Island and seeing Chateau d'If. Alot of interesting information around Alexandre Dumas and background behind the Count of Monte Cristo story and how it was formulated. Also stunning views of Marseille so bring your Camera to get some great panaramic shots. Lastly, I'd recommend you buy yourself a Marseille City pass as it covers both the return ferry trip as well as entry into the chateau itself on-top of free public transport and entry into a wide variety of other attractions.
Maureen Bean | Mar 6, 2018
Bit if a disappointment you pay for the boat to both islands and then there is an extra charge to get into the chateau which you have to pay otherwise what's the point. Views are incredible from 2nd island
Paula Castanera | Apr 8, 2018
So beautiful. We enjoyed the visit.
Joshua Ganyon | May 18, 2018
The best part is the incredible view of Marseille from the top of the castle. The castle itself is only mildly interesting, and you can get the same incredible views from the larger island without an entry fee.
Nathalie Lawrence | May 22, 2018
Magnifique lieu, autant je trouvais Marseille très laid, autant ce château relevé vraiment la barre ! Absolutely beautiful, although I didn't enjoy Marseille at all, this place was really worth it!
Elizabeth Milward | Apr 29, 2018
Nice island with good veiws. There was good ice cream at the cafe. A good day out but the actaul prison wasn't very interesting.
Billericay Biker | May 20, 2018
Well worth a visit. A lovely place to while away some time
Merlijn Krijntjes | Jun 5, 2018
Great to see the chateau from the movie "Count of Monte Cristo" in real life. You need to take a short boat ride from Marseille, that makes the experience very nice as you see the chateau become bigger when you come closer with the boat. Chateau itself is interesting but wont take a lot of your time. The island itself had very nice plants and flowers.
Yifat Cohen | Jun 24, 2018
Beautiful little island with a great view of Marseille and the nearby islands. The café has the most delicious dishes. We had the apple pie that was to die for. It comes with one of the best ice cream flavors I've tasted so far. The seaguls have made the island their home and you can admire their flight and fishing skills from the top of the fortress. It's truly awe striking. Make sure you go all the way to the top of the prison tower, stand in the middle of dome and speak. You'll hear your voice echoing back to you 👍
Mike Seigel | Jun 21, 2018
Excellent place to visit. Great boat ride across to the island, and so much interesting history at the Chateau - with superb views from the top
Manuel Nöller | May 25, 2018
Lovely place to for more than one hour. There's a nice little café where you can have a drink and enjoy the gorgeous view.
Amanda Korsell Brown | Jul 28, 2018
Small, but interesting historical site. If you’ve seen “The Count of Monte Cristo,” this is not the same prison as it is depicted in the Hollywood movie, but it is what Andre Dumas based the book after. Don’t expect a grand castle, but you can expect a unique fortress/prison with a well-done display inside highlighting the myths versus the reality. Great view of Marseille from the tower. Worth the trip for sure.
Adam Gatto | Jun 28, 2018
The Chateaux is well worth a visit, and is only a 20 minute boat trip from Marseille. Entry is free for EU citizens. The rooms inside the fortress aren't anything special, but it's still interesting, and the island is a good way to spend 90 minutes or so. There is a cafe, gift shop and toilets on the island.
Joshua Watson | Aug 2, 2018
Great experience, stay away from trying to take the last tour as the workers attempt to rush you out so they can leave for the day. Wish I had more time to look at everything.
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