South of Punta Cana and close to the Caribbean Sea, lies a small corner of the Dominican Republic that transports visitors back in time. Amidst the palm trees, the beach and the typical local entertainment, emerges a village that seems to have been extracted from medieval Italy. Could there be a more magical and enchanting place?
Suddenly, the panoramic view of the Dominican Republic changes from golden sandy beaches to cobblestone streets and stone buildings. The warm waters of Catalina are replaced by a unique view that looks more like a Tuscan landscape. We are talking about Altos de Chavón, the beautiful place that unites two worlds in perfect harmony.
This picturesque village, built with stones that evoke a small medieval village, envelops you with its bohemian touch and the quiet atmosphere of a relaxed place, where every corner seems to be the perfect setting for a photo. And let's not forget the magic. Yes, that magic that only a place with so much history and beauty can transmit.
Founded in 1976, Altos de Chavón is not just a simple reconstruction of a medieval villa; it is a cultural center known as the City of Artists. Here, history and culture coexist with an endless number of activities for all tastes. And if we are talking about culture, this place has a lot to offer.
This corner of the Dominican Republic was designed by Dominican architect José Antonio Caro and Italian designer Roberto Coppa, who created a fascinating Gothic structure. Walking through its narrow streets, discovering its local handicrafts and admiring the sculptures that decorate its roads will make you feel as if you were living in another era.
The famous amphitheater of Altos de Chavón, built in the style of the ancient Greek amphitheaters, is one of the jewels of this village. Inaugurated in 1982, this impressive venue has a special place in the history of music. At its inauguration, Frank Sinatra delighted the audience with an unforgettable concert that was forever engraved in the history of the village.
Since then, the amphitheater has been the stage for an endless list of talented international performers and shows, including music legends such as Carlos Santana and Eros Ramazzotti. Each concert adds a new chapter to the rich history of this magical venue, creating unforgettable memories for all who are lucky enough to witness them.
A place full of history and culture in Altos de Chavón is the Archaeological Museum. This museum houses one of the largest collections of Taino art in the Caribbean, including ceramic, stone, shell and bone objects, as well as gold and copper.
The museum is divided into several sections, each dedicated to a different aspect of Taino culture. Here you can learn about the daily life, religious beliefs and rituals of the Tainos, as well as their art and crafts. Visiting the Archaeological Museum is an excellent way to delve into the rich history and culture of the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean. Be sure to make a visit if you are on a trip to Altos de Chavón.
San Estanislao Chapel is a must on your visit to Altos de Chavón. This church, with its Gothic structure and stone steps, stands majestically in the town's main square, offering a touch of tranquility and peace amidst the hustle and bustle. This chapel was built in honor of St. Stanislaus, the patron saint of Poland, and was consecrated by Pope John Paul II in 1979.
Its interior, though simple, is welcoming and spiritual, with impressive stained glass windows bathing the space in colorful light. But what really sets this chapel apart is its breathtaking view of the Chavón River and the Caribbean Sea.
Besides being a paradise for music lovers, Altos de Chavón has been the place chosen by several Hollywood stars for important moments in their lives. In fact, one of the most famous events that has taken place in this picturesque town was Michael Jackson's wedding.
Yes, that's right. The "King of Pop" chose the beautiful St. Stanislaus Chapel, with its Gothic structure and stone steps, to join his life to that of his beloved, Lisa Marie Presley (daughter of Elvis Presley). This wedding was one of the many magical moments that have taken place in this beautiful town.
The Mediterranean-style villas surrounding the village add a modern touch to the historic ambiance, making Altos de Chavón an ideal place for an unforgettable vacation. From celebrities like J-LO to tourists from all over, everyone is enchanted by this beautiful place.
If you are looking for a unique and culturally rich excursion during your vacation in the Dominican Republic, Altos de Chavón is a must-see. With its beauty, magic and culture, this place will captivate you from the very first moment.
Remember that at JackCana Tours, we have a tour that offers a visit to Altos de Chavón along with Catalina Island.
The town not only provides a feast for your eyes and soul, but also for your palate. With a variety of restaurants, Altos de Chavón is the perfect place for a romantic dinner or a family meal. From typical Dominican dishes to international cuisine, you'll find something to satisfy every taste.
Here are the most important ones.
You can't visit Altos de Chavón without enjoying a meal at Piazzetta. This restaurant, located in the town's main square, is famous for its delicious Italian food. Its dishes are a perfect blend of fresh ingredients and authentic flavors that will make you feel like you are in the heart of Italy.
Piazzetta's menu is extensive and varied, offering a great selection of pastas, meats and fish. They also have an excellent selection of wines to accompany your dishes. The panoramic view of the Chavón River from their terrace is simply spectacular, making every meal an unforgettable experience.
If you prefer local food, El Sombrero is your place. This restaurant is known for its Dominican dishes, ranging from "Sancocho" to "Chivo Guisado", all prepared with the freshest and highest quality ingredients.
El Sombrero also offers a varied selection of cocktails, from the famous "Mamajuana" to the most refreshing mojitos, ideal to enjoy while enjoying the view of the Chavón River.
Another great place to eat in Altos de Chavón is Onno's. This restaurant with a relaxed and bohemian atmosphere is famous for its varied menu that includes everything from Dominican to international dishes. In addition, its riverside location offers a spectacular setting for a relaxed lunch or dinner.
With a wide variety of craft beers and cocktails, Onno's is the perfect place to enjoy a night out in Altos de Chavón.