Fortaleza La Concepcion

Photo Credit: © Ken Mayer CC BY

This small fort was built by Christopher Columbus in 1494, helping lay the foundations for the early Spanish (and eventually European) colonization of the New World, becoming one of the largest European cities in the Western Hemisphere. Unfortunately for it, the entire town was destroyed by an earthquake in 1562.


Today, the fort and the town it defended is part of a national park, with the ruins excavated. Visitors can explore this early European city and one of the first forts built in the Americas. While there is not much left of the small fort, though you will be able to see some of the wall and read about the early site.

Staying Close

You may enjoy staying in La Vega if you plan on visiting Fortaleza La Concepcion, as those visiting this part of the Dominican Republic will have the benefit of easy site access for the duration of their trip. The area around this site remains relatively quiet, perhaps because there are so few lodgings nearby.

Hotels near Fortaleza La Concepcion
Hotel Type Island Distance Direction
Hotel Familiar San Pedro Hotel -- 1.0 mi. (1.1 km) NW

Location and What's Nearby

There are enough options to keep patrons contented in the community around this historical site. The most proximate eatery is Burger King La Vega, which serves American food. The dining establishment is a small distance off, but far enough that you will decide to plan on using a particular type of transportation to travel there. Also close-by, you will find restaurants like Etsuko Sushi and Centro Naturista De Orientación Alimentaria Nutrabien where you and your group can try a bit of Caribbean fare and experience the culture of the Dominican Republic.


Contact Information

Location: Avenida Garcia, La Vega, the Dominican Republic


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