Opposite the Vieux Port of Marseille, on a rocky island out in the Mediterranean, sits the famous island fort of Chateau d’If.
Immortalised by the writer Alexander Dumas in his 19th century novel ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’, the fort was originally built by François I in 1524 as a prison, and over the centuries gained a fearsome reputation as a place where those who opposed royal power were jailed and indeed died.
Edmond Dantès (Count of Monte Cristo) was - unfortunately for him – wrongfully incarcerated here for treason, but eventually escapes and vows to take revenge on those who caused his downfall.
Today the Chateau d’If is still perfectly preserved, and is one of the most impressive historical sites on the Mediterranean coastline.
Take a tour
- Unaccompanied tour with a guide booklet – available in French, English, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, and Czech
Duration: 45 min (1 hr 30 min with visit of the island)
- Historical commentary tour – only available in French
- Audio-guide tour – available in French, English, German, Italian, and Spanish
- Guided tours – only available in French. Bookings are made at least 1 week in advance
Duration: 30 min (1 hour 30 mins with the visit of the island)
There is a permanent exhibition in the fort dedicated to Alexander Dumas and The Count of Monte Cristo
1, Quai de la Fraternité, Marseille, Vieux-Port boat bridge, Frioul, If Express (20 minutes crossing there, and 45 minutes back)
B.P. 70411 13177 Marseille
Reservations (weather conditions): Tel: +33 (0)6 03 06 25 26