The main reason to head out of the centre is to get an overview of the city from the citadel perched on a hill below the foothills of the Moka Mountains. This is the area to appreciate multi-faith Mauritius and you won’t find this concentration of religious sites anywhere else on the island.

Fort Adelaide Citadel

The sturdy, basalt Fort Adelaide Citadel, a renovated two-storey fort perched on a hill near the Champ de Mars racecourse, offers great views over the capital. Building was started by the French, but continued by the British in 1835: the fort is named after William IV’s wife, Queen Adelaide. As well as external threats, it was poised to deal with a French rebellion following the abolition of slavery. The only action ever seen here, however, is the occasional concert and souvenir shopping in the old barracks.

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