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Interesting square but also great views of Panama City Skyline

This is an interesting square in itself, but if yyou proceed up the stairs, to a walkway behind it... read more

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Casco Antiguo - Panama Canal History

One of beautiful of this place is the history that you can read through the walls, I would... read more

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Called the “French Plaza” in English, this pleasant spot offers great views and a leisurely spot in which to purchase and savor raspados (fruity snow cones) on hot, humid days. Housed in this plaza is the elegant Instituto Nacional de Cultura...more
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Plaza de Francia | Casco Viejo, Panama City, Panama
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Reviewed yesterday

This is an interesting square in itself, but if yyou proceed up the stairs, to a walkway behind it you will pass a selection of market stalls before you arrive at a great view of the Panama City skyline from a unique viewpoint. Worth the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Alan P
Reviewed yesterday

One of beautiful of this place is the history that you can read through the walls, I would recommend to go to this place.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank lfcarvajal84
Reviewed October 8, 2018

the plaza is very nice in the late afternoon for a walk. many things going on. less interesting later on in the evening.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank yuanxiz2016
Reviewed September 22, 2018

We enjoyed the peaceful walk through a snapshot of French historical contributions to Panama thats complete with bust of the most important leaders of that era.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Edgardo S
Reviewed August 3, 2018

Came here when I go the end of casco viejo near the water. Stairs go up and you can see the city and Amador. Nice spot to take some pics and combine with Casco Viejo trip.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 3, 2018 via mobile

You get to see a really nice view of the oceanfrom here, there are some artisans selling souvenirs and

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank 263astridw
Reviewed April 20, 2018 via mobile

It was stunningly beautiful in the evening. There is so much history there that just captures your attention. I just wish i had more time you spend there!

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Victor H
Reviewed April 2, 2018

Plaza de Francia is located in Costo Viejo and is part of the French history when they where attempting to build the Panama Canal.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Mireya Bernal W
Reviewed March 26, 2018

This plaza is located on the southeast side of the historical district. You could see the Bridge of the Americas if you afre nearby this plaza.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank kiltmaker2
Reviewed March 22, 2018

You can park , at no cost, before you enter tho all town if head towards the causeway. Its then an easy walk into the Old Town. Lots of historic Spanish style homes and shops. At the far end is this Plaza. Clime the steps...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank david t
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June 5, 2015|
Response from D688VNjuanv | Reviewed this property |
yes. restaurante Dodo. exelent
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January 9, 2015|
Response from 263astridw |
Hi, Sara, the best thing is that the view is permanent and free! 😊 there are artisans during the day, there the Bóvedas which are open during office hours.
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Because I have no idea where things are, can you help me with my itinerary so I localize things and group them based on where they are, and what can realisitcally be done in a day vs what needs to be done on another day? I'd like to cover all of this in 2-3 days if possible. We have 7 days in Panama but want to devote the rest of our time to other things. Could you help me? (and let me what is closed or open on certain days and if my costs are off). This is a trip in March 2018. Also,...More
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