Citadel & Sans Souci Palace, Haiti
A few years ago, I visited Port-au-Prince in Haiti and it has been one of the most special travel experiences to date. I didn’t make it outside the capital; therefore, I’m bringing you this guest post from Simpler and Smarter on her experience.
Castles and fortifications aren’t something the Caribbean nation of Haiti is known for but it has one of the best, coolest, fortresses I have ever gone to. The Citadel at Milot, not far from the city of Cap-Haitien, in northern Haiti, was built to stop a feared French invasion and is perched on the summit of a 900m hill. Most fortifications built by or in the 19th century are very different in style – low to the ground with low walls. The Citadel is more like a middle ages castle with a stack of cannons. When I was there, there was some construction to turn part of the buildings into accommodation but otherwise, it is still like it was when it was abandoned not long after it was finished. It’s great to wander around and see the impressive fortifications and the large collection of captured cannons. However, the views from the ramparts are stunning – on a clear day, you can see a very long way.