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Château d'If

On the sparsely vegetated island of If is the infamous prison, Château d'If, which is best known as the penal setting for Alexandre Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo.François I built the fortress here to defend Marseille and its port in the 16th century, and the site later housed a state prison. The cells are horribly well-preserved; carvings by Huguenot prisoners can still be seen inside some of the cells. The views back towards Marseille and the mountains beyond are wonderful.

Information & Facts

Admission

Castle and Island: EUR5 (adults), concessions available

Language

French is the official language.

Money

The Euro (EUR) is the official currency in France. Currency can be exchanged at banks, bureaux de change and some large hotels, though you will get a better exchange rate at the ATMs. Major credit cards are widely accepted, as are travellers cheques, particularly in major tourist destinations. Foreign currency is not accepted.

Opening Times

Daily 9am-5:30pm (21 September to 14 May), 9:30am-6:15pm (15 May to 20 September).

Time

Local time is GMT +1 (GMT +2 between last Sunday in March and last Sunday in October).

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