Altos de Chavon: a sixteenth century european village in the heart of the Caribbean

Standing on a cliff, overlooking the Chavon River, lies a very special community. It is the town of Altos de Chavon, a town inspired by the medieval European architecture of the XVIth century.

Construction on Altos de Chavon began in 1976, the brainchild of architect Roberto Coppa.

Dominican artisans, using period tools, worked on this innovative project to build what today have become an educational center and an excellent shopping and entertainment destination.

Altos de Chavon is just a few minutes from Casa de Campo, the world-famous resort. Altos de Chavon: a sixteenth-century village in the Caribbean

The village was built to resemble an old village. The entire project was a gift to the Dominican Republic by an American businessman, Charles Bludhorn, to his daughter. In 1976 Bluhdorn contracted architect Roberto Coppa to carry out the project in La Romana.


There are five restaurants in the village, suited for all ages and tastes.

Among the restaurants there is an Italian restaurant, a steakhouse, one offering international dishes and a typical Dominican restaurant.

There is an active nightlife, featuring bars and discos.


There are two museums in the village: the “Regional Museum of Archaeology”, featuring Taino pieces. The museums offer the visitor insightful information on the Tainos, the original native inhabitants of the island, and additional information on the arrival of the Spanish colonizers to the island.
The Amber Museum exhibits a full history of the stone and why it is so important to the Dominican Republic. Information is also provided on the Larimar, another stone which is only found in the country.

The Amphitheater

Inaugurated in 1982, with the presentation of Frank Sinatra and Carlos Santana, the Altos de Chavon Amphitheater accommodates five thousand people.

It has been the majestic backdrop for such international artists as Sting, Duran Duran, Julio Iglesias, Kenny G. and Andrea Bocelli, among others.

Other facilities

Altos de Chavon also features art galleries, shops and the St. Stanislaus Church, situated in the village square. The church was consecrated by Pope John Paul II in 1979.

An important feature of Altos de Chavon is its internationally renowned design school, which is affiliated to the Parsons Design School from New York City. Entry fee to the village: $25 pesos.

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