Located on the banks of the Panama canal, this city was the first European settlement on the Pacific coast. Founded by Spaniard Pedro Arias of Avila in 1519, the capital of Panama boasts two first-class tourist attractions, namely the Panama Canal and a beautiful old town, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The famous canal, which links the Caribbean Sea to the Pacific Ocean and crosses the Isthmus of Panama at its narrowest point, has played a vital role in world trade since its construction in 1914, boosting the economic growth of developed and developing countries. Today, its principal users are the United States and China. Take one of our cheap flights to Panama City and discover a historically rich city, with a plethora of perfectly preserved monuments.
After the destruction of the first settlement in 1519 due to disease and pirate attacks, such as that of Henry Morgan, the city moved to a rockier, more salubrious peninsula, which was easier to defend. What is now known as the Old Town, San Felipe and Cathedral, was founded in 1673. Here you will find a mixture of different architectural styles, ranging from Caribbean, French and Colonial to Modernism. Monuments such as the Salon Bolívar, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the National Panama Theatre, the Las Bovedas monument, the Church of Mercy, the Church of San Felipe Neri and the Church of San Jose are a testimony to the city’s cultural diversity, where exchanges are facilitated on its ‘grand canal’.
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