The first of my travel posts from the end of last year. Panama City was our first stop and the capital city of Panama. We stayed in Casco Viejo which is the historical and cultural part of the city. It was declared a UNESCO world heritage site 15 years ago and I would definitely say it is a work in progress. There are beautiful buildings literally crumbling to pieces and construction work is along every street and alley way. The parts of the old city which have been restored are such a pleasure to walk around and the amount of cafes and upscale restaurants are a definite indicator of how popular this area is becoming. In 10 years I can only imagine how lovely this part of the city will be.
The old city stands across the bay from the the ultra sleek and modern skyscrapers towering above beaches and pools. Banking is huge business in Panama and a good proportion of the skyscrapers are international banks. Giant shopping malls with all the US brands you can think of and chain hotels and restaurants sit in this area too. We didn't spend much time here at all as Casco Viejo is far more pleasant to be in.
We of course visited the famous Panama canal a huge engineering feat and were lucky to see it in action as a cruise ship passed through. Truthfully this didn't appeal to either of us, glad to have seen it but wouldn't visit again.
We also had a lovely afternoon out on Isla Flamenco where locals keep their yachts in a plush marina, and restaurants and bars make the most of the stunning view over the rest of the Panama City coastline.
Are any of you planning a trip to Panama City or have you visited ? What were your thoughts?
Next post will include some beautiful beaches when we travelled further north through Panama.