Santo Domingo, the capital and largest city in the Dominican Republic, prides itself in being the oldest city in the New World. Founded by Bartholomew Columbus in 1496, it has a rich historic and cultural heritage. Served by numerous international airlines, Santo Domingo has direct flights from European cities such as Paris, Madrid, Frankfurt, Munich, Dusseldorf, as well as the USA and the Caribbean islands. Flights from London have one or two stopovers, depending on which airline you choose to travel with. With our online comparison tool you can compare all offers across the internet to find yourself a cheap flight to Santo Domingo from Manchester, or any other destination in the UK. Set by the Caribbean Sea, Santo Domingo has become a prime tourist destination due to its beautiful beaches and splendid weather. In the Colonial Zone, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you will find some of the city's most important landmarks, such as the "Alcázar de Colón" castle and the majestic "Catedral Primada de América". There is also a myriad of 16th century Spanish Colonial buildings and several museums worth visiting.
Las Americas International Airport is approximately 20 to 40 minutes from the city centre. You can choose to travel from the airport to your hotel by bus, minibus or taxi. If you would prefer to hire a car, there are several car hire companies at the airport. The Colonial Zone is a pedestrian area, thus allowing you to explore all the monuments just by walking safely across the historic centre while the city's waterfront, known as "El Malecon", is perfect for an after-dinner stroll. The avenue attracts many tourists due to its palm-lined boulevards, monuments, and casinos. To visit the surrounding areas you can take the bus, the metro or go on bus tours. You can also travel to Puerto Rico by ferry and get to know the Caribbean better or enjoy a magnificent cruise in the Caribbean Sea. The western part of Santo Domingo, known has "Poligono Central", is a major business centre, boasting fine restaurants and modern shopping centres, while the less developed eastern side offers other major monuments such as the open caves of the "Parque Nacional Los Tres Ojos" and the National Aquarium.