UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE
Casco Antiguo is the second city in colonial Panama, founded in 1673, after the first settlement burned down during a pirate invasion.
The neighborhood (approximately 44 hectares) was declared a national historical monument in 1976 and a UNESCO National Historical Site in 1997, which benefits the ancient conservation of the monuments, and attracts more tourists. It better positions the area internationally for investment and economic growth.
This peninsula has approximately 800 colonial buildings listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. Today, more than 50% have been restored and you can find popular hotels, bars, restaurants, museums, the presidential palace, galleries among others.
There is also a special tax relief due to its heritage site status.