Casco Viejo

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Historic Casco Antiguo, also known as Casco Viejo or the 'old quarter,' is located in Panama City. The district dates back to 1673 and is home to lively plazas and picturesque brick-paved streets surrounded by colorful buildings; it is also recognized as a UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Site. The neighborhood is wonderful for strolling around, learning about the past, and sampling the many delicious local cuisines.

Things to do at Casco Viejo

The best way to get your visit started is with a rousing stroll through the local area:

You can learn about the city's religious past by visiting the Metropolitan Cathedral, which can be found in Plaza Mayor, and the Church of San Jose, which is home to the city's most recognisable landmark: the incredible golden altar. Remember to visit the Plaza de Francia on your walk; it's a lovely plaza honoring the French contribution to the building of the Panama Canal. Las Bóvedas, a monument built to ward off pirate attacks, can also be found in the plaza. Soak in scintillating views: The next stop should be at Paseo Esteban Huertas, where you'll find the best views of the city and bay.

Stay to experience the beating heart of the city's nightlife and take advantage of some of the city's best sightseeing and photo ops:

Explore the wealth of museums found here: A number of the best museums in the city can be found in Casco Antiguo, such as the Museo del Canal (The Canal Museum) and the Museo de la Mola (The Museum of Traditional Guna Textiles). In addition, the beautiful ruins of a church constructed by Dominican friars can be seen at Arco Chato, where you'll find the famous stone archway. Next, stop by the Panama National Theater, where Robert Lewis painted a breathtaking ceiling fresco.

You'll be able to do some shopping on your stroll, both at high-end boutiques and in shops selling handmade wares from the area:

Happily, there is food available whenever hunger strikes.: The best restaurants in Panama City can be found in the historic district of Casco Viejo. In its historic streets, you'll be greeted by the aroma of grilling seafood, and you'll have the opportunity to sample the finest Panamanian fare and the creations of some of the world's most acclaimed chefs.

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Address of Casco Viejo

Plaza Nueva, 10. 2 Izda., 48005 Bilbao Spain

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