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(shätō'dēf`), castle built in 1524 on the small rocky isle of If, in the Mediterranean Sea off Marseilles, SE France. Long used as a state prison, it was made famous by Alexandre Dumas's Count of Monte Cristo.
You're right by the beach, but only a 20-minute drive from the city, so it's handy for the sight of Chateau d'If and there's also some great shopping, eating and drinking nearby (the world's best rose wines are right here).
The recent Bravo miniseries with Gerard Depardieu had more suspense, sex and character complexity, but the new movie has the advantage of being in English and gives special attention to the Abbe Faria (Richard Harris), the wise priest and fellow-prisoner who befriends Dantes at Chateau d'If.