Casco Antiguo

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Welcome to Casco Antiguo!

Casco Antiguo is the colonial city of Panama, which was founded in 1673 after the Pacific settlement now known as Old Panama was sacked by pirate Henry Morgan. This area remained the center of Panamanian life for almost 300 years. At the beginning of the 20th century, the wealthy families of the time began to move to the suburbs with the arrival of the automobile that facilitated transportation, and the Old Town was gradually abandoned. But in 1998, when it was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, a joint effort between the Panamanian government, investors from around the world and UNESCO revived this place and made it shine again just as it did 300 years ago. The predominating architecture is in the French and Republican styles. Today when you go to the Old Town, the feeling is indescribable. Walking through its narrow brick streets, you see the beauty of its buildings and the multiple squares and churches that make it up. And with the sensation of a life that radiates within its cafes and restaurants in the squares, one feels as if they are in Europe, but they are here in Panama with an eternal summer.

Places of Interest in Casco Antiguo

The Old Town is a place full of history, such as the Bovedas area, Plaza de Francia, Plaza de la Catedral, Plaza Bolivar, Plaza Herrera, Plazaleta Carlos V, Plazoleta Medio Baluarte, Plaza Santa Ana, and the Museo del Canal. The interesting thing is that each of these squares has a story to tell. Today in each of these squares, you will find multiple restaurants. Many visitors and residents of the Old Town enjoy the sunsets from the rooftops of many of the restaurants and bars that operate in the Old Town today. It is a heart that beats at full speed every day, attracting tourists and many investors. This can be seen in the multiple restoration and renovation works that are around its streets and buildings, as well as the restoration and construction of hotels, among the most notable, to mention a few, is the Hotel Central Casco Antiguo, Hotel La Compañía, Hotel La Concordia, the American Trade Hotel, and Hotel Panamonte. The experiences in Casco Antiguo are unique.

How do you get to Casco Antiguo?

The Old Town is located on the shores of the Pacific coast of Panama, just 15 minutes from the Cinta Costera. One of the wonders that Panama City offers its inhabitants, Cinta Costera is 63 acres of green space in the heart of the city. From the Old Town, you will also have easy access to cross the America’s Bridge to go in the direction of the beaches.

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What do people say about Casco Antiguo?

All of us in Panama are very happy with Casco Antiguo because it is the place where we love to eat with friends. There is a wide variety of restaurants with menus from all over the planet. It is also the place where everyone in Panama usually goes to party since in the Old Town there are several of the best clubs and discos. It is a point of high interest for tourists since hundreds of thousands visit the Old Town every year in search of learning its history and enjoying its cuisine and nightlife.

Current Casco Antiguo Real Estate Listings

Since the beginning of the first restoration works, the Casco Antiguo has done nothing but gain value. A square meter in the Casco Antiguo is around $3,800 and increases according to the project. This has a very logical explanation: Casco Antiguo is a finite product. It is a limited and strictly regulated area. Each restoration is subject to multiple permits since it is mandatory to restore the original architecture and maintain the original architectural environment. For this reason, people from all over the world feel privileged to be able to say that they own a property in the Panamanian Casco Antiguo.

Commercial areas in Casco Antiguo

Basically, all the buildings in Casco Antiguo have shops at street level, for sale or for rent from these premises, so it is easy to find convenience stores, supermarkets, restaurants, banks, and bars at street level around the entire Casco Antiguo. The businesses that predominate in the Old Town area are restaurants, bars, hotels, and hostels.

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