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For a cultural summer, CultureSecrets accompanies you on vacation throughout France with the Centre des Monuments Nationaux. Thanks to our special invitations, you can visit any monument of the CMN.

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Here are our suggestions... a selection of 3 monuments :
Villa Kerylos, an original reconstruction of an ancient Greek residence located on the rocky tip of the Bay of Ants in Beaulieu-sur-Mer. A change of scenery is guaranteed in this place that combines the passion of Greek antiquity and the comfort of modern life in the Belle-Époque. Also enjoy an exceptional view of the Bay of Ants and Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat!
The Château d'If, a key island fortress located in the middle of the harbor of Marseille and built under François I. Only accessible by boat, the stroll will give you the opportunity to admire a magnificent panorama on the city of Marseille and on the islands of Frioul. Alexandre Dumas made his famous Count of Monte Cristo stay there, which is what contributed to the fame of the island.
Finally, the Towers of La Rochelle, vestiges of medieval maritime fortifications, have protected the port since the 14th century. Emblematic monument of the maritime trade, it will offer you a wonderful view on the old port, the fort Boyard and the islands of Aix, Oléron and Ré.

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Practice info:

Villa Kérylos
Impasse Gustave Eiffel, 06310 Beaulieu-sur-Mer
Access to the ticket office for a mandatory time-stamped reservation : choose the date and time then select "Villa Kérylos : others free" 

Château d'If
8, rue Glandeves, 13001 Marseille
Present your ticket at the entrance of the castle! The time-stamped reservation is not mandatory, you will be welcomed in complete security, for more info, click here.

La Rochelle Towers
Old Port, 17000 La Rochelle
Access to the ticket office for a reservation : select "Free visit of the monument" puis "Other free".

Couverture : Villa Kérylos, Gustave Louis Jaulmes et Adrien Karbowsky, Frises reprenant des décors de vases grecs entourent le péristyle © Antonio Martinelli
​Bandeau : Vue du Château d’If