Once in the hands of local gangs, Panama City’s historic district of Casco Viejo is now a UNESCO World Heritage site and the most trendy area in town. With beautiful colonial mansions, art galleries and a bursting gastronomic scene, the small neighbourhood is an absolute must-see. There are several things to do in Casco Viejo Panama.
Visit the beautiful colonial buildings
These are some of the best buildings and squares to visit in Casco Viejo Panama on our lis of things to do in Casco Viejo Panama
The Flat Arch/ El Arco Chato & Church of Santo Domingo/ Iglesia de Santo Domingo
The ruins of the church and convent of Santo Domingo is one of the most important monumental colonial Old Town of Panama.
Plaza/ Parque Bolivar
In the center of the plaza is a monument to the Venezuelan general Simon Bolivar, also known as the “Liberator of Latin America”.
Plaza de Francia
Originally Plaza de Francia was the main square of the city. This plaza is located at the very tip of the peninsula and in the center is an obelisk topped by a rooster, a symbol of the French nation.
In 1887, Plaza Herrera was renamed for one of Panama’s independence heroes: Panamanian general and statesman Tomas Herrera (1804-54).
Plaza de la Independencia/ Plaza de la Catedral & The Cathedral Metropolitana
The Metropolitan Cathedral is located on Plaza de la Catedral also known as Plaza de la Independencia which is the heart of Casco Viejo with many events through out the year.
Panama Canal Museum
Located in an emblematic building in the heart of Casco Viejo, the Interoceanic Canal Museum reveals the tumultuous history of the construction of the Panama Canal, whose capacity was recently doubled.
History Museum of Panama
Located on the second floor of the Municipal Palace building, the Museum of History presents documents, ceramics, furniture, clothing, weapons, paintings, sculptures and pieces of the colonial period, federal, provincial and republican.
The Fish Market
The fish market is a white and light blue building with the Japanese and Panamanian flags on the top of the building. The Japanese government donated the new fish market installations. The market can’t be missed as it is located at the very entrance of Casco Viejo, just off Avenida Balboa.
Gaze at the city’s skyline by night from one of the city’s best rooftops
Casco Viejo is considered Panama’s hottest district because of its smashing nightlife, its design hotels and fine-dining venues. Enjoy Panama City’s tropical weather while sipping a cocktail on one of the city’s best rooftop bars and take in the stunning panoramic views of the city’s skyline by night.
Go on a journey through Panama’s indigenous crafts
Considered the most creative neighbourhood in town, Casco Viejo is also the place to go to find alternative concept stores and handmade traditional crafts. Discover the most beautiful indigenous creations, ranging from Guna Yala’s fabrics (the molas), to woven baskets and masks, to ornamental objects carved in wood.
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