Manila Holiday Guide

Manila Tourist Information

Manila is the capital city of the Philippines. It is an increasingly popular tourist destination as a centre for historic discovery in a picturesque countryside in close proximity. The city has a friendly and laidback atmosphere with lazy sun-soaked days followed by a bustling nightlife.

One of the most interesting sites in Manila is the 16th century Spanish settlement, known as Intramuros. Although much of the site today displays only ruins of the former structures, there is a distinct colonial atmosphere, one that takes tourists a step back in time. There are charming plazas, a striking Governor's Palace, 15 picturesque chapels and six expansive monasteries.

Tourists will also find the stunning Manila Cathedral is a place of great architectural wealth and the perfect site for some great photo opportunities. A stroll around Binondo will introduce you to the 17th century church, while Chinatown is a lively area with many stands selling knickknacks and the best of Chinese street cuisine.

Manila Tourist Attractions

The Malacañang Palace is a vast compound of buildings established by the renowned Marcos family, a group known for their extravagant lifestyles, as seen in the splendour of the various buildings. Among these are the Malacanang Museum, offering historical insight and displays; the picturesque Rizal Park with an interesting Planetarium; Rizal Memorial and the popular butterfly farm. In addition, the National Museum of the Filipino People is a fascinating outline of the history of the country and the origins of its people.

Manila is well known for its vibrant nightlife. When the often oppressive sun sets both inhabitants and tourists alike are invigorated by the evening's coolness and this is when most take to the streets.

Restaurants, offering a range of options from cheap and cheerful to fine dining, can be found across the city, with many international restaurants located in the main tourist areas. Quaint cafés provide the perfect setting for an afternoon coffee accompanied by a little people watching.

Malate and Makati are two popular night-time destinations with many excellent bars and clubs that offer lively entertainment and a nice bunch of punters.

For stunning panoramic views of the city take a trip to Manila Bay, where the expansive South China Sea contributes to the beautiful surroundings. Also in the area you will find the impressive Metropolitan Museum, with its many excellent displays.

The Manila Hotel, once the residence of General Douglas McArthur, is a grand place for a spot of afternoon tea. To the south of the city a short drive will transport you to the spectacular Lake Taal, a seemingly bottomless volcanic crater.

Transport Around Manila

Manila is best reached via the Manila International Airport, from which a short drive will take you inside the city centre. Manila is a great city for walking, with bicycling a great way to get around if you keep your wits about you.

Travel insurance is something that should be secured before leaving home. Having insurance is the best way to help you enjoy your holiday should any unforeseen mishaps occur.