Famous for hosting the largest, oldest, and most colorful carnival celebration in the country, taking place every Sunday of February, La Vega city is the capital of the mountainous province by the same name. Here is where you’ll find the two popular mountain destinations of Jarabacoa and Constanza. But La Vega is also the crux of spirituality, a pilgrimage hub for Dominicans who visit two important churches to worship the patron saint of the Dominican Republic, Our Lady of Mercedes. It’s also home to one of Columbus’ first gold settlements in the Americas, at La Vega Vieja. Before you head into the surrounding mountains, take the time to get to experience this bustling city, especially during Carnival season.