The Chateau d’If, France - In Photos

Posted on 19. Nov, 2012 by in Destinations, Europe Travel, France, Photo Posts

chateau d'if

If there’s one thing you must do in Marseille, it’s to get out of Marseille. I wasn’t a big fan of the city, despite its many Marseille hotels that would fit a tight budget. I would consider staying in Marseille only to explore villages and islands around it - not the actual city!

One of the best ways to escape the city is to hop on a boat and sail away. Away to the beautiful chateau d’If!

Getting there is actually quite easy - there are many cruise companies that leave from Marseille’s Old-Port and go straight to the island for about 20 euros. And these will be the best 20 euros you’ll spend in Marseille, trust me!

That way you can say that you’ve been on a Mediterranean cruise in Provence and French Riviera, of sorts!

chateau d'if

chateau d'if

chateau d'if

The Chateau d’If is a fortress that was built back in the 16th century, but never actually faced any real threat, despite its original defensive purpose.

While not famous for its military prowess, it is perhaps best known for its literary heritage in the works of Mark Twain and Alexandre Dumas, mostly in The Count of Monte Cristo, one of the most popular novels of all times in the French language and whose main character, Edmond Dantès, was held prisoner in the castle’s prison for many years.

chateau d'if

chateau d'if

chateau d'if

This is the so-called cell of the Man in the Iron Mask - but despite popular belief, Eustache Dauger was never held there in reality. He was a prisoner in many French prisons, but technically not this one. False representation for the benefit of tourists?

Leo would not be happy about this historical fallacy, I tell you.

Have you been to Chateau d’If? Was it worth the cruise out of Marseille to you? Did you prefer the cruise itself or the fortress?

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4 Responses to “The Chateau d’If, France - In Photos”

  1. Cheryl

    22. Nov, 2012

    I adore castles by the sea! So romantic and tragic.

    And the historical inaccuracy? It’s like the Romeo an Juliet balcony in Verona. People tend to forget they were fictional characters.

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      23. Nov, 2012

      Totally true! And even Harry Potter, to some extent.

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  2. Shaun

    23. Nov, 2012

    Count of Monte Cristo, great book and a decent movie too. Always made me curious about this place.

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      23. Nov, 2012

      Definitely worth a few hours out of Marseille if you ask me!

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