CRUISE TO THE FRIOUL ISLANDS AND CHÂTEAU D'IF
Sightseeing, Swimming, Cultural, Lunch not included
We set sail towards the Frioul archipelago, made up of enchanting limestone islands off the coast of Marseilles and home to a famous prison-fortress where the Count of Monte Cristo novel was set. We will also have time to relax and go for a swim in the sea.
What we will see
- Cruise to the Frioul archipelago
- Island of d’If and Château d'If
- Ratonneau island
- Free time to wander around and/or relax on the beach
What we will do
- A short transfer takes us to the enchanting old port of Marseilles, where we get on a boat that takes us on a pleasant cruise to the Frioul archipelago, made up of four limestone islands with well-defined outlines carved by the Mistral wind.
- Our first stop is the island of d’If, the smallest in the archipelago. It is little more than a rock coming out of the crystal-clear sea but has become legendary.
- it is in fact home to Château d'If, a 16th-century fortress turned into a prison for whoever dared to oppose the official authorities, mainly Protestants and Republicans, and made famous by French writer Alexandre Dumas, who chose it as the place of imprisonment for his Count of Monte Cristo.
- After discovering all the secrets of this ineffable place, we sail to the island of Ratonneau, where we encounter the same cliffs plunging into the sea that we admired during the first stop.
- Together with the rest of the archipelago, Ratonneau is part of the Calanques National Park. Here, we enjoy some free time to explore the island at our own leisure: we can walk to a nearby beach and take a dip into the sea or visit the remains of the historical Hôpital Caroline, a hospital built in 1828 to contain a yellow fever outbreak.
What you need to know
- This excursion involves approximately 15 hours of walking between the shuttle and the boat and viceversa.
- Paths are uneven and sloping on Frioul islands.
- There is no shade and there are no sun umbrellas on the beaches.
- The nearest beach on Ratonneau island is just a few minutes’ walk from the boat.
- The temperature can be rather high in summer.
- Comfortable shoes are recommended.