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

Those wishing to visit Fortaleza La Concepcion may choose to book their trip in La Vega, since guests staying in this area of the Dominican Republic will have convenient access to the historical site throughout their trip. You won't find the area surrounding the historical site flooded with tourists, particularly since there are very few places to stay close.

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 just enough restaurants to keep vacationers appeased in the neighborhood nearby Fortaleza La Concepcion. The closest eatery is Burger King La Vega, which dishes out American food. The restaurant is a brief ways off, but removed enough that you might need to decide on having a mode of transportation to arrive. Also close-by, you and your party will find options such as Etsuko Sushi and Centro Naturista De Orientación Alimentaria Nutrabien where you and your group might try a bite of Caribbean dishes and enjoy the culture of the Dominican Republic.


Contact Information

Location: Avenida Garcia, La Vega, the Dominican Republic


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