If Castle [ Château d'If ]
If island, part of the archipelago of Frioul, is a haven of peace.
The fortress of If was built by King François I in 1524 and is the oldest fortification of the islands.
It was immortalised by Alexandre Dumas in The Count of Monte Cristo, and is famous throughout the world. Today you can visit the cells of the castle, while the path around the island gives spectacular views of Marseille and its bay.
Entrance to the island is charged extra. You can buy your ticket on arrival at If:
Adults: 6€ | Reduce Price : 4,50€ | For European people under 26 : Free
Open from 2 January to 31 December. Closed on Mondays from mid September to March.
We recommend advance booking for groups.
The site is very uneven, and access is limited for the disabled.
Frioul consists of two islands, Ratonneau and Pomègues, connected by a dyke which forms a port. Because of the Caroline Hospital and the Saint Estève and Morgiret beaches, Ratonneau has more visitors, while Pomègues is quieter and more unspoilt.
Frioul attracts visitors for water sports, bathing, fishing and walking. But to discover the island properly you must also look at its rare plants, colonies of sea birds and protected sea beds.
Frioul is the ideal destination for nature-lovers.More informations