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Great view

You get to see a really nice view of the oceanfrom here, there are some artisans selling souvenirs... read more

Reviewed 3 July 2018
263astridw
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Bogota, Colombia
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Plaza next to waterfront

This plaza is located on the southeast side of the historical district. You could see the Bridge of... read more

Reviewed 26 March 2018
kiltmaker2
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Evanston, Illinois
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“french embassy”(16 reviews)
“casco viejo”(47 reviews)
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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
As featured in 3 Days in Panama City
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 18 January 2017

The plaza is wrapped by a promenade that has lots of vendors selling Panamanian arts and crafts. Ironically, the prices here are cheaper than in other parts of the country. Go for the view and the crafts.

2  Thank Will G
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 23 February 2017

As Lonely Planet states in page 48 of their Panama guidebook, " plaza pays homage to the French role in the construction of the canal ". Some statues, busts, and plaques. But also a good place to stop & rest on a walking loop through...More

2  Thank Fantom_Gormay
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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.

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Reviewed 23 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.

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.

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Reviewed 3 July 2018 via mobile

You get to see a really nice view of the oceanfrom here, there are some artisans selling souvenirs and

Thank 263astridw
Reviewed 20 April 2018 via mobile

It was stunningly beautiful in the evening. There is so much history there that just captures your attention. I just wish i had more time you spend there!

Thank Victor H
Reviewed 2 April 2018

Plaza de Francia is located in Costo Viejo and is part of the French history when they where attempting to build the Panama Canal.

Thank Mireya Bernal W
Reviewed 26 March 2018

This plaza is located on the southeast side of the historical district. You could see the Bridge of the Americas if you afre nearby this plaza.

Thank kiltmaker2
Reviewed 22 March 2018

You can park , at no cost, before you enter tho all town if head towards the causeway. Its then an easy walk into the Old Town. Lots of historic Spanish style homes and shops. At the far end is this Plaza. Clime the steps...More

Thank david t
Reviewed 11 March 2018

Nice little parkette, history lesson, good view of waterway and excellent shopping of local crafts on upper part.

Thank Bretton1809
Reviewed 28 February 2018

You get to see the people of history in The building of Panama to what it is today, a very cosmopolitan city.

Thank jim s
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RamonSalcido
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Response from D688VNjuanv | Reviewed this property |
yes. restaurante Dodo. exelent
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Sara G
9 January 2015|
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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.
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