Founded in 1519 by the Spanish, it is now the largest city in Panama and is most known for its old portion of the city, also known as Casco Viejo. The attractive, historic sites in this area include the antique cathedral located on the Plaza de la Catedral. Also, the National Theater and the Presidential Palace stand out as exciting attractions. Panama City is also home to many modern attractions as well, including a high rising skyline and a great nightlife.
The Panama Canal is known to be one of the most impressive engineering feats in world history. The construction of the canal took a total of 34 years and construction has recently begun to double the capacity of the canal, due to be finished in 2014. The original construction took the lives of more than 25,000 people due to the harsh conditions such as the spread of disease in the tropical area. Now tourists may take tours of the damn and even sail through it on a cruise ship.
Founded in 1602, this historic city is situated in an area that was once repeatedly attacked by the indigenous tribes. Today, it is a bustling city though not much remains of its original historic qualities. It has, however, become a tourism hub with its many restaurants, clubs and bars, and shopping destinations. Another reason for a recent influx in tourism is that the city is well-situated with respect to the surrounding tourist locations such as Boquete and Cerro Punta.
This historic town was originally named by Christopher Columbus and was founded and fortified by the Spanish in 1597. It was an important port for Spain's treasure fleets and thus became a target for the pirates and privateers at the time. Portobelo was the victim of a brutal two week plunder and pillage in 1668 and was again attacked in 1739 essentially devastating the town's economy until the building of the Panama Canal. It is now a small town known for the deep natural harbor that earned it its name.