Pensacola is known for its laid-back, coastal way-of-life, its long history and diverse culture. You’ll find all that and a few surprises in the heart of the city’s downtown.
Founded by Spanish sailor Don Tristan de Luna in 1559, the Pensacola Bay Area was the first European settlement in the New World. Over the centuries, the flags of Spain, Britain, France, the Confederacy and the United States have flown over the “City of Five Flags.”
Pensacola’s downtown area is full of historic sites, but the truth is that with more than 450 years of history behind it, every step you take on its brick sidewalks or city parks is a part of our country’s earliest days and memories.
Did You Know?
In 2017, American Planning Association named Palafox Street as one the 10 Greatest Streets in America.