Paseo las Bóvedas

Panama City

This esplanade runs along the top of the sea wall built by the Spanish to protect the city. From here, you can see the Puente de las Américas arching over the waterway and the ships lining up to enter the canal.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Panama City attractions

1. Instituto Nacional de Cultura

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INAC is responsible for maintaining the country’s museums and other cultural institutions. There is a small gallery on the 1st floor that displays works…

2. Plaza de Francia

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At the tip of the southern point of Casco Viejo, this beautiful plaza pays homage to the French role in the construction of the canal. Its large stone…

3. Iglesia y Convento de Santo Domingo

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Built in 1678, these gorgeous ruins in Casco Viejo are what remain after two major fires brought down the church's tower and interior areas. Left are the…

4. Museo de Arte Religioso Colonial

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Housed beside the ruins of the Iglesia y Convento de Santo Domingo, the Museo de Arte Religioso Colonial has a collection of colonial-era religious…

5. Teatro Nacional

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Built in 1907, the interior of this ornate Casco Viejo theater has been completely restored. It boasts red and gold decorations, a once-magnificent…

6. Iglesia de San Francisco

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This restored 17th-century church exhibits Gothic, Romantic and Renaissance architectural influences.

7. Parque Bolívar


In 1826, in a schoolroom opposite this Casco Viejo park, Simón Bolívar held a meeting urging the union of the Latin American countries. Bolívar eventually…

8. Museo del Canal Interoceánico

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This impressive museum is housed in a beautifully restored building that once served as the headquarters for the original French canal company. The Panama…