Published On: Tue, Jul 24th, 2018

Enjoy Santo Domingo’s colonial zone with Sunrise Airways

P1100217WILLEMSTAD - It is now a fact. The Haitian airline Sunrise Airways has started its flights between Curaçao and the Dominican Republic. The airline now connects the two nations with two weekly flights, on Mondays and Thursdays. This is perfect for those who just need a weekend getaway or maybe a few days in the week for work.

During the first trip, I focused on the colonial zone in the capital Santo Domingo.

The largest city of the Caribbean in terms of population, Santo Domingo is bustling with things to do. With its Spanish colonial history and its beautiful landscape, the city has a hybrid of past and present things to explore and discover. The tropical city is the perfect place to relax or sightsee. I took a look at some of the things to do and see in Santo Domingo.

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Alcazar de Colon

The Alcazar de Colon is a Dominican Republic UNESCO World Heritage site. It is a site or dwelling, which is the oldest viceregal edifice in America. It contains exhibits of medieval and Renaissance artwork and many other historical collections. Find in the palace, the rooms, garden and courtyards of the Spanish colonial period. You can take a group tour around this heritage site and learn about the historical significance of the colonial period. It is a fascinating location for anyone interested in the history of the Dominican Republic.

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Museum of the Royal Houses

A place of historical significance, the Museum of the Royal Houses is a perfect place in which to learn more about the history of the Dominican Republic. The houses are a fine example of the Spanish colonial architecture in Santo Domingo. Of the buildings, the first contains the offices of government and the Royal Court. The second building was used for government officials. There are many artefacts and antique weapons contained in the museum, too.

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Plaza de España

Located just outside of the Alcazar de Colon is the Plaza de España, a large open public space. Here you can find many different restaurants and quaint antique houses. You may visit the plaza on the way to the Alcazar de Colon. The colonial atmosphere extends to the Plaza de España, in which you can immerse yourself in the city. The plaza is also particularly worth visiting during the night with its pretty surroundings and up-beat ambiance.

Parque Colón

An old square located in the center of the colonial city district of Santo Domingo, Parque Colon dates back to colonial times. At the south of the park you can find the Catedral Primada de América (the First Cathedral of the New World), and surrounding the park you can find the Alcázar de Colón, the Calle Las Damas and may other restaurants and cafes. This is a hotspot in the Santo Domingo location that is packed with history, which is reflected in the architectural sculptures nearby.

These are just a few of the many attractions in the city. Curaçao and the Dominican Republic have a rich history and share many similarities.

So my advice to you is, hop on a Sunrise Airways flight and enjoy a weekend in the magical city of Santo Domingo.

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