During colonial times, Portobelo stood out as one of the most important settlements in America, due to its usefulness as a natural port for the transportation to Europe of riches obtained from the conquest of South America. Its walls keep the memories of a city that hosted many great personalities of the commercial, cultural, and political world of the days of the Spanish Empire. You may walk through the ancient ruins of the Santiago de la Gloria, San Jeronimo, San Fernando, and San Fernandino forts, the church of San Juan de Dios (recently restored), and the Padres Mercedarios convent. The locals maintain their traditions, such as Corpus Christi and the famous congo dances.
Being one of the old world's first important strategic ports of the Caribbean.