Chateau D'ifCurrently Open [Closes at 05:00 pm]
- Address: Embarcadère Frioul If, 1 Quai de la Fraternité, 13001 Marseille, France
- Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
- Phone: +33-603062526
- Ticket Price: 6 EUR
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Island, Family And Kids
It’s not the only prison of its kind in the world (Cannes has it’s Lerin Islands), but it’s the only one that Edmond Dantes of Alexandre Dumas’ Count of Monte Cristo was imprisoned in. The island is a heavily fortified prison with steep cliffs adorned by gun platform – an escape proof prison that no invading navy ever took. You know what? Looks are deceptive – its defences are very poorly planned, and a well thought out attack might very well have taken it out. Poor people were placed in the bottom cells and the wealthier prisoners had private cells higher up. It’s not made very tourist friendly. So look around and let your imagination place you in a cell instead. We know that’s what you really wanted to do!
The shuttle boat that takes you here also visits the other Frioul Islands: Ratonneau, Tiboulen and Pomegues. You can make a combined trip; it’s well worth it if you’re interested in extreme environments. The dry Mistral Wind caused some unique bird, animal and plant life to evolve here.
- Hours depend on boat rides to and from the old Port.
- Bring your own refreshments and water. There’s none to be had on the island.
- Free for children.
- Full price: 5.5 Euros
- Reduced price: 4.5 Euros
- Group price (20 people): 4.5 Euros
- Price for schools: 20 Euros
- Under 18(with family), 18 – 25 (From EU or non-EU regular resident of France), disabled people with attendees, jobseekers and ICOM card holder: Free
- With about 15 daily boat departures in summer and less in winter from the Old Port.
- EUR 10 for a return trip.
- 20 minute journey.
- Bring your own snacks.
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27.45% of people who visit Marseille include Chateau D'if in their plan
2 PM - 3 PM
60.61% of people start their Chateau D'if visit around 2 PM - 3 PM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Chateau D'if
60.71% of people prefer walking in order to reach Chateau D'if
Great get away from Marseille. Spent about 2 hours exploring and enjoying the view from each side of the chateau. Don't use the drink vending machine as was not filled/working properly and we just got an empty cup with a drop of water.
Not a whole lot to see here but definitely worth a short visit for the history. While Edmond Dantes was a fictional character, hundreds, if not thousands, of prisoners wasted away in the windowless cells here. Be sure to read the guide book so you know what to look for and what you're seeing. If this review was helpful, please click Like!
Nice couple of hours. The boar trip is only 15-20 minutes, the tickets aren't expensive (10-10.80)euros and and extra 6 for admission to the castle. Very nice views and a lot of history between these walls. A must!
Unusual place to visit in Marseille. Great views and nice trip out on the ferry. Also interesting Count of Monte Cristo legend about this place. We'll worth a visit if you're in Marseille and good to buy the ferry and Chateau tickets together. Also free if you're under 26 I think.
Beautiful island with a great historical fort, really interesting! And was free as I am between 18-26. Highly recommended