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A bit about Panama

Panama - a country that's most famous for a single feat of engineering, namely its eponymous canal that connects the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. However, when you visit this little slice of Central America, you'll find there's a lot more to it than just this vast and impressive waterway.

There are bustling and cosmopolitan cities, lush areas of outstanding natural beauty, indigenous communities whose way of life has changed little, and spectacular coastal areas on both the Pacific and Caribbean sides of the country.

During a holiday in Panama, you can discover all of this and more, especially if you plan a twin centre break that allows you to spend time in several of the country's destinations. This is the best way to truly appreciate the contrasts that Panama presents and to really get under the skin of this nation that has so much to offer.

Panama City: bustling and vibrant

You can't visit Panama without spending time in its cosmopolitan capital, Panama City. When you arrive here you could be forgiven for thinking you were in Miami, with its glittering skyscrapers alongside a pristine sandy beach. However, as you travel around Panama City you will find that there is much more to this destination than just its modern facade.

Casco Viejo is a somewhat rundown, but incredibly fascinating, district to explore, with crumbling colonial buildings that have seen better days lining the cobbled streets. Spectacular churches, grand homes with large balconies and vast squares are among the delights you'll find in this historic area. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997, which attests to its historical importance. The colony here was first set up by the Spanish in 1673 and it thrived for decades, until it became neglected in the 1950s and fell into its somewhat dilapidated state.

In addition to its heritage sites, Panama City is well known for its outstanding restaurants, thriving bars and bustling salsa clubs - it's the perfect place for a night out whether you want to indulge in a tasty meal with a loved one or dance the night away with the locals.

Explore the rainforest

Like many Central American destinations, Panama has its fair share of rainforest and there's no better way to unwind after experiencing the fast pace of city life than by heading to one of the rainforest reserves for some rest and relaxation.

There are some exceptional hotels in Panama situated right in the heart of these thriving green spaces, giving you an unrivalled opportunity to see the country's natural side at its best. The Gamboa area is a favourite with many travellers, as it not only provides access to pristine rainforests, but also the Panama Canal.

You can go on a tour to witness the sight of vast ships making their way along this impossibly-huge shipping channel, before seeing the antithesis of this international landmark by spending some time at the indigenous Embera village.

Hiking tours into the rainforest can easily be arranged, as can canoeing trips on the beautiful Gatun Lake, which is blessed with tumbling waterfalls and many picturesque spots for a quick dip. Taking a cable car ride to a vantage point above the forest is another option, giving you a new perspective on this huge wilderness area.

Go twin centre in Panama

The best way to make the most of a holiday in Panama is definitely to book a twin centre holiday, spending part of your time in a hotel in Panama City, and part of it in a stunning rainforest retreat. By planning your break in this way, you can experience both sides of this amazing country and fully appreciate some of the contrasts it possesses.

Of course, visiting either the Pacific or Caribbean coasts is another option and one that only adds to Panama's diversity and appeal as a holiday destination. There really are incredible opportunities to have a memorable and fantastic trip if you choose Panama for your next overseas getaway.

You could also combine Panama with any other destination in North and South America, as its centric location right in the middle of the two continents, as well as its great variety of flights connections, makes Panama an ideal destination for a stopover.

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Places of interest in Panama

Depending on the type of location you want, the kind of facilities you'd like to find and the proximity to certain attractions, we have a good number of areas for you to choose from and stay at during your holiday.

Whether you want a pumping and energetic beachside retreat, a tranquil setting in a secluded cove, a hillside resort perched in the midst of nature, or a strategic central location close to civilisation and buzzing city life, nightclubs, theme parks and other kinds of leisure attractions, we can advise you on the best places for you.

Choose from our selection of handpicked places and be based right at the place that's most ideal for you and your travelling party

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