Chateau d’if is a easy side trip from Marseille
There are many daily sailings to Chateau d’if from Marseille. Enjoy the view of Marseille from the water as you leave the port.
Lying just one mile off the Bay of Marseille is Chateau d’If a small island fortress that was later to become a prison. Chateau d’If was made famous by the writer Dumas who set his novel the Count of Monte Cristo in this prison fortress.
The fortress was constructed for three reasons. Firstly to protect the coast from invasion, secondly to protect Marseille which in 1840 became a part of France and lastly to provide cover and anchor for the new royal fleet.
The size of the island is 3 hectares and is uninhabited. The three storey high square chateau was constructed in 1531. At the end of the 19th century the prison became demilitarized and on September 23, 1890 it became open to the public.
Entrance Gate – a drawbridge located over a dry ditch that is the only access
Inner Courtyard – housed the kitchens, the grain store and the rainwater well
Dungeons – originally used as an armoury they later became barracks
Cells and Dungeons
360 degree views from the terraced roof tops used as observation posts during WW2.
In the courtyard area there is a small gift shop available. In the grounds you will find a coffee shop and a toilet block that has views to die for.
Entrance Fee: Euros 5.50 per person
Departure From: 1 Quai de la Fraternite in Marseille
Company: Frioul If Express, check departure times as they change accordingly throughout the year. On days with high winds sailings will be cancelled.
Ferry cost: Euros 10.10 return per person