Plaza de Francia, Panama City

4.0
#7 of 18 in Historic Sites in Panama City
Shaded by flame trees adorned with bright-orange blossoms, Plaza de Francia pays homage to French workers who died from yellow fever and malaria during the construction of the canal. A statue of one of Panama's founding fathers and presidents greats you at the front of the plaza. Walk to the obelisk topped by a rooster at the end of the plaza, and see marble plaques and statues, which recount the arduous task of the 22,000 workers. Look for the statue of Carlos J.Finlay, a Cuban doctor whose discovery helped eradicate the yellow fever, across from the French Embassy among the busts of French lieutenants. The former Spanish dungeons, which line the side of the plaza, today house upscale art galleries and shops. An elevated walk atop the old fortification walls offers views of the ocean. Plan trip to Panama City with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.
Improve this listing »
map
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors
Create an itinerary including Plaza de Francia
Plaza de Francia Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3.5
562 reviews
TripAdvisor
  • You get to see a really nice view of the oceanfrom here, there are some artisans selling souvenirs and  more »
  • Delight to walk and see some of the city and your story. Always comfortable clothes and shoes also
    View original
  • Walking through the Casco Viejo, will find this space, it's beautiful and historic; is in the alley next to the sea.
    View original
Places to stay near Plaza de Francia

Plan your trip to Panama City

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans to Plaza de Francia by other users

32 days in Panama City BY A USER FROM CANADA January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 14 days in Panama City BY A USER FROM PANAMA January, culture, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: January, culture, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 8 days in Panama City BY A USER FROM PANAMA December, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 26 days in Panama City & San Jose BY A USER FROM GERMANY November, popular sights PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 5 days in Panama City BY A USER FROM TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO November, popular sights PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 4 days in Panama City BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, culture, historic sites, museums, fast-paced, hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 12 days in Panama BY A USER FROM CANADA March, popular sights PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 27 days in San Jose, Panama City & Lima BY A USER FROM CANADA January, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 14 days in Panama City BY A USER FROM PAKISTAN February, popular sights PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 7 days in Panama City BY A USER FROM CANADA January, popular sights PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 22 days in Panama BY A USER FROM CANADA February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 22 days in Panama City BY A USER FROM BAHAMAS December, popular sights PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium
View more plans