Pensacola is known as the ‘City of Five Flags’.
This is a nickname Pensacola earned for the foreign presence in the city throughout its long history. It has seen the rule of Spain, France, Britain and the Confederacy until Andrew Jackson, 7th American president brought Florida under the control of the United States of America.
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Don Tristan de Luna, a Spanish settler brought the first European interest to Pensacola in 1559. Even though a month later hurricane destroyed the first features of European civilization in the area, the settlers continued to flock to Pensacola. Consequently, Fort San Carlos de Austria became the first settlement in northwest Florida and its relics are still treasured at the Naval Air Station Pensacola. In addition, recent studies of the area uncovered the ship Emmanuel Point II – a shipwreck from de Luna’s expedition in 1559. Today you may take a tour to the place of the shipwreck or devote yourself to sightseeing within the city.
Naval Air Station Pensacola, the driving force of the city's economy
Fort Barrancas, a former military fort built to protect Pensacola Bay
National Museum of Naval Aviation, the most popular tourist destination in Pensacola as offers a bite of the history of flight in the Navy
Historic Downtown Pensacola, a location for numerous museums and galleries like the T.T. Wentworth Jr. Museum, The Museum of Commerce and the Museum of Industry
St. Michael's Cemetery, the oldest cemeteries in Florida listed on the National Register of Historic Places
Whatever you prefer to do in Pensacola there is never a reason to get bored. Sitting at the end of Escambia County, Pensacola is open to the water from three sides of the tip of the ‘panhandle’. It means that Pensacola is packed with a full range of aquatic activities from fishing to scuba diving and snorkeling.
Crystal-clear waters and white-sand beaches of quartz washed from the Appalachian Mountains are the main attractions in the city. Despite the dead loss in 2004 caused by Hurricane Ivan in the city, Pensacola has totally recovered from the devastation. Today it offers abundance of places to dine out, clubs to dance the night away and hotels for a comfortable stay. Check all hotels in Pensacola at Booked.net.