Once a protection against constant pirate attacks, the old city walls are an atmospheric remnant.
A key part of the colonial old quarter.
When visiting Santo Domingo's Zona Colonial, you'll definitely want to include a stop at the remnants of the 17th-century city walls, which in the early days of the colony were instrumental in warding off pirates and corsairs and at whose gate, the Puerta del Conde, the national flag was raised for the first time. It's not hard to imagine, looking at these doughty walls, how it all must have looked centuries ago. It's also worth gaining a perspective from outside the walls - a good spot for doing so is Puerto Sans Souci, the ship and cruise port on the other side of the Ozama River. From there you can stroll toward Punta Torrecillas, the beach and lighthouse near the mouth of the river, for further inspiring views of the Zona Colonial.