Fans of art and culture flock to this medieval European Village where incredible views of the Chavon River have inspired poets, artists and designers for decades. Altos de Chavon’s Mediterranean-style villas and cobble stone streets were built from the debris of construction blasts near the river in the mid-1970s.
The country’s long tradition of local artistry is evident in handmade doorframes, handcrafted ironwork and decorative stonemasonry around this scenic village. Visitors can wander around picturesque pathways that wind between limestone walls, quaint shops and tiny art galleries selling work from La Escuela de Diseno, an on-site design school.
In 1982, Buddy Rich, Heart and Frank Sinatra performed the first concert in Altos de Chavon’s 5,000-seat Roman-style amphitheater. Today, lucky visitors can still catch contemporary music acts performing on the impressive stage. History buffs shouldn’t miss the Regional Museum of Archeology, which showcases artifacts discovered in the surrounding hills. Fans of architecture should explore St. Stanislaus Church, which pays tribute to Pope John Paul II and Dominican Republic’s own Catholic heritage.
Entrance to Altos de Chavon comes at a steep price--$25 per person.