Santo Domingo, capital of the Dominican Republic and a hive of creativity, history and education, was not only the first city of the New World, but also a gateway to the Americas and today has become a vibrant and prosperous metropolis.
Founded by Christopher Columbus’ brother Bartholomew in 1496, Santo Domingo is a fascinating mix of history and modernity. With a vibrant cultural tradition stretching back more than five hundred years, Santo Domingo’s cultural assets are a testimony to the spirit that drove the exploration of the New World.
The oldest part of the city is known as the Colonial District. Here visitors can tour the house where Columbus’ son once lived, known as El Alcázar, as well as the first cathedral, hospital and university to be built in the Americas. Historic buildings line cobbled streets where the conquerors once walked. This legendary city boasts countless museums, monuments and restaurants, together with new amenities such as the Metro transport system, the modern ports, outstanding gastronomy, fascinating shopping districts, architecture and much more besides.
Santo Domingo is a sophisticated commercial hub and home to more than 2.3 million people. It boasts dozens of world-class museums, an opera house, art venues and historic sites such as the Columbus Lighthouse, where the explorer’s remains are said to rest. With two major airports, motorways and ports, Santo Domingo is a gateway surrounded by more than 800 miles of coastline, magnificent mountains dotted with waterfalls, offering exotic cuisine and countless art and entertainment options.
If you’re planning a trip to the Dominican Republic, then make sure you take the time to visit the capital and gain a first-hand insight into the cultural delights this city has to offer.