Casco Viejo Panama

Central Panama
Panama City

Casco Viejo Panama

The Casco Viejo of Panama is the historic center and a hip and elegant part of Panama City. Many galleries, bars and restaurants and other commerce attract not only tourists, but locals alike. Situated in the western part of Panama City and surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, the Casco Viejo also hosts the Presidential Palace, the San Jose Cathedral, many museums and the French Park.

As you walk along the roads of red bricks you will get to know the Panama history, with the beautiful courtyards, renovated buildings with ornate balconies, obelisks and memorials. The Casco Viejo has been under UNESCO protection since 1997. After the first Panamanian settlement was destroyed by disease and pirates, the city moved onto this rocky peninsula and in 1673 the Casco Viejo was founded. Protected are its architecture with its special mix of Spanish, French and early American styles, and its original street plan. This historic part of Panama City should be part of every visit to Panama.

Location and Map

When in Panama City, the easiest way to get to Casco Viejo is with a driver from your hotel or walking. Casco Viejo, Panama City’s old town area, is a must-visit and you’ll get so much more out of sightseeing with a guide on a walking tour. The neighborhood is also full of fashionable restaurants, and your guide will be able to share their recommendations.

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