Dating back to the 19th century, this fort will transport you back in the formidable history of Mauritius and its multiple colonies. It is quite impressive as the fort is still punctured by its rusting cannons. Like most forts, Citadel was built to withstand wars and enemies from attacking the British colony and was purely a defensive battlement. Following meticulous restauration, the fort has been converted into a National Monument- a potent symbol for Mauritian Nationalism and it welcomes several visitors on a daily basis. The official name held by the fort is known as “Fort Adelaide” but most locals will refer to it as Citadel (to be very honest, they might not even know about its official name).
The fort was barely (or shall we say, never) used for any sort of war or battle, although troops were constantly stationed up there. From the top, you will get to enjoy a picturesque 360 degrees view of the city of Port-Louis. A view you’re not ready to forget…
A few tips by Mauritius Explored:
The fort is open daily as from 8:00 AM
The rooftop is also used for several events and truly gets magical during concerts or light shows; if you are lucky to be in Mauritius at that time, this is something that needs to be experienced!