Santo Domingo, from lagoons to Columbus
Reserve an airline ticket to Santo Domingo and discover the oldest city on the American continent! In the capital of the Dominican Republic you can enjoy fine sandy beaches as well as a remarkable architectural heritage from the colonial period.
Being the first city built by Spanish settlers, Santo Domingo is classified as World Heritage by UNESCO. The city is surrounded by immense walls, bastions and forts, which recall its colonial past. The numerous monuments to visit – Alcàzar de Colòn, Cathedral of Santa María la Menor, etc. – will allow you to relive the history of the discovery of America.
A stay in Santo Domingo is also an opportunity to discover the tomb of Christopher Columbus but also El faro a Colón – « the Columbus Lighthouse » in English – or the First Cathedral of America. After your flight to Santo Domingo, two sites are unmissable in the Domincan capital: le Malecón – a seafront several kilometres long – and the Plaza de le Cultura, the centre for a multitude of museums – Taïno, Las Casas Reales, Bellapart, Mundo de Ambar – as well as the city theatre. In an exotic atmosphere characteristic of the Caribbean, admire the architecture of the city's rich past in the Zona Colonial and soak up the local culture in the city bars – to the rhythm of the merengue.
Exceptional holiday location, Santo Domingo is the top tourist destination in the Caribbean. Its natural heritage is well worth a detour, as is the case with The Three Eyes cave (Los Tres Ojos). The reputation of Santo Domingo owes a lot to its immaculate beaches that stretch out over hundreds of kilometres throughout the Dominican Republic, which are scattered with fishing villages. If you choose to leave the capital, you can bask amidst the turquoise water and fine sand of Punta Cana or Boca Chica.