Casco Viejo (also known as Casco Anitguo and San Felipe) is Panama City’s charming historic district. Constructed as a walled city on a peninsula in 1671 after a band of pirates led by Henry Morgan destroyed Panama Viejo (the original settlement of Panama City).
This unique attraction is characterized by quiet narrow streets and magnificent 16th and 17th century Spanish and French architecture. Many of the original building structures still remain. Casco Viejo’s architectural diversity mirrors Panama’s cultural diversity. The views of Panama City’s skyline from Casco’s colonial setting accentuate the city’s architectural contrasts.
Casco is undergoing rapid change with renovations of crumbling historical colonial buildings as well as the emergence of boutique hotels, luxury residences, gourmet restaurants and buzz worthy nightlife. In 2003 Casco Viejo was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. What was ten years ago a neglected district is now one of Panama’s premier destinations and residences.