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Interesting spot to find

This is located at the end of a street, well hidden from a block away. It's interesting to see... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Sammamish, Washington

The carving memoirs are fading, need care. quiet area. clean and there is a cultural institute and... read more

Reviewed 14 January 2019
Toronto, Canada
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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
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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Plaza de Francia | Casco Viejo, Panama City, Panama
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

A beautiful town square / monument in Casco Viejo. As the trees cast their shadows you can sit on the bench to enjoy the see breeze and absorb the tranquility. Lovely to to watch the tourists and locals. As you walk up the stairs and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 386ameliak
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is located at the end of a street, well hidden from a block away. It's interesting to see especially after you tour the locks and find out how the French began the locks originally. It's just outside the French consulate and has a circular...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Bow2Wa
Reviewed 14 January 2019

The carving memoirs are fading, need care. quiet area. clean and there is a cultural institute and pub closed by.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank CanuckChilean
Reviewed 13 January 2019

Honouring the French activities with respect to the canal construction, this plaza is of many activities. You will have an excellent view on the Panama City and its bay.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Gandalf0801
Reviewed 11 January 2019

The Plaza has a monument that was built as a tribute to the failure of French workers to construct the Panama Canal. There a number of bars and restaurants nearby and also street vendors who sell artisan goods. Nearby on the walkway there are some...More

Date of experience: January 2019
5  Thank WilliamThomas
Reviewed 11 December 2018

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 11 December 2018

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 8 October 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 22 September 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 3 August 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
1  Thank travelbug2332
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6 June 2015|
Response from D688VNjuanv | Reviewed this property |
yes. restaurante Dodo. exelent
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Sara G
9 January 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.