To the west of Metro Manila lies Manila City, the capital of the Philippines and a must-visit for history buffs, bargain hunters, and every tourist in between! As a bustling city home to over a million residents, Manila has become one of the busiest and most modernized locations in the country. Despite this, it also contains some of the most historically significant landmarks you’ll ever find in the whole country. Whether you’re looking for a centuries-old monument or the latest trendy restaurant, you’ll always have something to do in the lively Manila!
What to expect when you're there:
Tourists visiting Manila all take a historical journey, with many of the city’s most famous attractions being landmarks that document the country’s rich and varied history. Nowhere is this better exemplified than in Intramuros, the Walled City that stands out as a time capsule in the middle of Manila’s bustling metropolis. From the oldest stone church in the Philippines to museums preserving the Spanish colonization era, Intramuros gives you the opportunity to get a glimpse of 16th century Manila.
For those who want to learn more about anything and everything Philippines, Manila is also home to various museums. Whether it’s fine arts or natural history, you’ll walk out of these museums with more knowledge than when you walked in!
Manila also has various districts that are havens for those looking to shop or try out various cuisines. Binondo, the oldest Chinatown in the world, will satisfy your cravings for Chinese food that you didn’t even know you had, while the nearby Divisoria commercial center is every shoppers’ dream.
End your days by heading to Manila Bay, as you wouldn’t want to miss its world-class sunset. Wherever you are in the two-kilometer Baywalk between Roxas Boulevard and Manila Bay, you’ll be sure to find the perfect spot where you can take that Instagram-worthy sunset shot!
Whether you want to travel back in time or find the best Chinese delicacies, Manila has a lot to offer!
How to get there:
Manila City is a 30-minute shuttle ride away from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. It also only takes a few minutes of travel time to get to Manila from the cities of Makati, Pasay, and Quezon City.