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4 Apr 2022
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When you think of Pensacola, FL, “history lover’s paradise” may not immediately come to mind. Believe it or not, our Florida oasis on the Emerald Coast houses many historical landmarks, museums, and other attractions. In fact, Pensacola boasts over 450 years of history, from small battle details to rich local architecture. You and your family will have an absolute ball exploring the centuries of stories and sites Pensacola offers, no matter the time of year! 

When you come into town for your historical adventure, stay at the premier family oceanfront resort, Portofino Island, right on Pensacola Beach. Our guests come back year after year to enjoy incredible amenities, waterfront condos, endless activities, and more family fun! You and yours will have year-round fun in the sun. This time around, we invite you to discover the rich history of Downtown Pensacola, FL—a local gem for history buffs. A short drive up the Three Mile Bridge may just transport you all back in time! Keep reading for more information—

A Beautiful Day Walking around Downtown Pensacola, FL

During your upcoming visit to Portofino Island resort, set some time aside to explore Downtown Pensacola, FL, on foot. Take in the area’s coastal way of life, diverse culture, and long history, founded by Spanish sailor Don Tristan de Luna in 1559. Fun fact: the Pensacola Bay Area was the first European settlement in the New World! Throughout the centuries, several flags have flown over the city known as the “City of Five Flags.” You and yours will have so much to discover! 

Begin the day walking through the moss-covered oak trees and myrtles of Palafox Street, the gateway to Pensacola Beach. Looking for unique souvenirs? The boutique shops, retail stores, restaurants, and entertainment venues overflow with special finds and great amusement. History lovers can take in the 19th-century buildings inspired by a mix of French, British, and Spanish architecture. Palafox is also home to a vibrant arts scene, exciting nightlife, and lively farmers market!


You don’t want to miss taking a stroll in Plaza Ferdinand, a park named after King Ferdinand VII of Spain. This scenic landmark, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, offers shade from the spring or summer sun. After a stop in the park, it’s time for an afternoon at the museum! There are several museums and historic sites dotted around Downtown Pensacola. See below for a list: 

The list of things to do in Downtown Pensacola is almost neverending. Our knowledgeable Portofino Island staff are more than happy to offer up local suggestions. Just ask us! 

Get ready for a visit full of charm and history when you stay with Portofino Island Resort. Our five Mediterranean-style condo towers provide the ideal getaway from the hustle and bustle of Downtown Pensacola, FL. Book your stay with us online today