Citadelle de Port-Louis
Citadelle de Port-Louis
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Carole B
Greater London, UK13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We made an unplanned visit to the Citadel today, as we were in Port Louis in the wind and rain.What a great find, an amazing architectural structure, renovated to an exceptional standard, but still retaining the atmosphere of a historic military base. The audio guide was available in English and very informative. The three museums were great added value, the main information boards also had English translations. The Life Boat exhibition was particularly interesting for any seafarers. Lots of interesting dark, damp creepy corners for youngsters to explore. Brilliant value at €8 per adult.
Written 23 February 2020
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Leni V
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023 • Family
Fab place to visit, you get a lot to see for what you pay.
Bring a packed lunch and eat it in the sun on a bench on the ramparts with the stunning sea views!
Fascinating history, well explained, and the 2 museums are really fab too! Allow time, if you want to see all of what this place offers, at your leisure.
Written 3 April 2024
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Melissa I
London, UK16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2018 • Family
This is a great visit, particularly for us with a young family, and a nice way to spend a few hours. We got there early and entered the Citadelle. The fortress is wonderful with amazing views over the harbour, Lorient, and the sea. Typical of French tourist sites, there are no actual catering facilities (I can never understand this; surely they're a great draw and money-spinner?), just a vending machine with snacks and horrible coffee. The Musee de la Compagnie des Indes is beautifully done, but I felt could be more interactive (compared to other museums we had visited). The lifeboat museum was very good although I wasn't quite sure (with my basic French) what the flow was here - is there one? We were then perfectly located to head onto the lovely beach (not that soft sand, quite gritty FYI), and enjoyed lunch at the bar/restaurant Casino. This was the priciest place we ate at, particularly given the standard of food, but is in a great location. There's also a children's playground, ice cream van (shut at the most inopportune moments, typical of the area) and small fairground rides at the car park. There also seemed to be a small train you can ride on but we didn't have a go. It was a great little place overall though, with all facilities close by.
Written 25 July 2018
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Paul R
Wellingborough, UK796 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2014 • Solo
As a background to this review, I should say that I stayed in an apartment in Port Louis for a fortnight and fell in love with the town. It seems to have the best of both worlds in that it is quiet, tranquil and decidedly Breton but has enough charm and interest to attract a few visitors and has, therefore, plenty of restaurants, cafes, bars, shops and other facilities.
In such a low-key, pleasant little port town, it is perhaps a little surprising to find something as imposing as The Citadel. The reason it is here is the excellent defensive position. Port Louis is at the end of a narrow peninsula, jutting into the inlet that leads to the considerable port of Lorient, so a fort at the very tip of that peninsula is wonderfully positioned to defend an important sea passage.
The citadel itself is impressive and picturesque with its massive stone walls, look-out towers, bridges and vast courtyards. Views from the numerous walls and turrets are expensive and throng with seagoing activity as well as the skylines of the various port towns surrounding the inlet.
Within the complex there are also two museums. Firstly a museum of the sea which concentrates on seagoing vessels and their workers. Well presented, though not especially of interest to me personally. However, the museum of the French East India Company was much more my cup of tea. It is, again, very well presented and includes many beautifully crafted models of galleons, trading ports and the like as well as artefacts from Asia and Africa.
Even though it is impressive and well thought out and I enjoyed it, I have only given an average score because, unless you have a special interest in sea defences or maritime trading history, this may not be worth making a specific trip for. However, if you are staying close to Port Louis or visiting this charming little town, it is certainly well worth an hour or so and, in that situation, I would up the rating by at least one notch.
Written 8 September 2014
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Jeremy Y
Saint-Claude, Guadeloupe132 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
The citadel in Port-Louis is a really nice place to visit, the fortifications are mostly in good repairs overlooking the sea with a nice panoramic view. It also host 3 fine museums
The lifeguard museum
The naval archeology museum
The East India company museum

All three are really nice, very well done and very informative especially the third one.
A nice place to visit for an afternoon
Written 22 October 2019
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Gnome-of-Zurich
Dublin, Ireland62 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
The building itself is magnificent, and the museum dedicated to the Companie des Indes Orientales is very interesting, with lots of very well presented artefacts and lots of explanations.
Written 26 August 2019
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Rexonaut
Brussels, Belgium764 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Family
It was 2 hours nice walk in the city. It is nice and cozy small historic town. Interesting mixture of architecture nice old church and interesting fort. When you are around Lorient, pay a visit (and skip Lorient).
Written 20 August 2017
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LizetVerderOsse
Epe, The Netherlands31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2017 • Family
Great fort with majestic vieuw.
The museum is allso wortwhile visiting.
Walk around and try to picture how people used to live here.
Mindblowing vieuws wherever you look.
Written 31 July 2017
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TaaaTiiii
Lorient, France142 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Couples
Nice to have a walk when you have good weather outside. Interesting architecture, place with a restaurant just close to citadel. Possible to go with children and people with handicap.
Written 26 April 2017
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SBillies
Wakefield, UK18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2016 • Friends
Visited recently with friends including 2 Bretons. Easy to get the boat bus from Lorient to Port Louis. We were going to the East India company museum but found there was also the Maritime museum and the Citadelle itself to explore. English audio guides were very useful. Thoroughly enjoyed the visit and spent at least 2.5 hours there. There was a lovely beach next to the Citadelle with a cafe and restaurant depending on whether you wanted a snack or a meal. We could have spent all day there.
Written 5 August 2016
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