A few facts about Frioul Islands and Chateau d’If

  • Consists of a group of 4 islands located at the Mediterranean coast of France, approximately at 4 km from Marseille.
  • The islands, comprising just 200 hectares of rocks and beach, are easily reachable by ferries.
  • The If island is famous for the Chateau d’If or Castle of If – where the fictional Count of Monte Cristo, created by French writer A.Dumas, was imprisoned and from which he finally escaped.

How to get to the Frioul Islands and Chateau D’If:

By Frioul ferry from the Ferry Terminal (Gare Maritime) in the Vieux Port. (Timetable for May 12th till September 14th 2014)


  • First boat is at 6.30am then runs every 20 minutes from 9.30am.
  • The journey takes about 20 minutes to If and a further 10 minutes to Port Frioul. Please note that the service may not run on days of high winds.
  • There are no restaurants on the If Island, but on Ratonneau (one of the two Frioul Islands), there is a cluster of restaurants and brasseries facing the harbour. In the summer the late departure of the ferries for the mainland make it possible for you to stay and have dinner on the island. At lunchtime, a more attractive option might be a picnic at Saint Estève beach or in one of the island’s many delightful creeks.



Visitors are strongly advised to bring their own refreshments (water at least) as If can get extremely hot in the fierce midsummer sun.


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