Manila travel and tourist guide

The cosmopolitan capital city of the Philippines, Manila combines enchanting historical attractions such as magnificent churches and forts with modern shopping malls and other amenities. The city boasts something for everyone, and this is an excellent place to use as a base while exploring the surrounding area.

The Filipino people are known for their warm and welcoming nature, and visitors should feel right at home as they explore the city of Manila. English is widely spoken right across the board here, which makes communicating particularly easy, and local people go out of their way to make sure that visitors have everything they need while exploring the city.

Attractions

Start your tour of the city by exploring the ancient cathedrals and palaces in the district of Intramuros before moving on to enticingly the modern Makati district and then Chinatown...more

Activities & sports

There is plenty of fun stuff for all the family to do in Manila whether indulging in a new sporting pursuit, a spot of pampering, or perhaps just admiring the famous Manila Bay sunset...more

Hotels & lodging

There is no shortage of excellent hotels to be found in Metro Manila, and some of the most popular options include the legendary Manila Hotel, while budget options can also be found...more

Restaurants & dining

There are plenty of fantastic restaurants in Manila which range from humble fast food joints to the cream of fine dining with first class chefs and imported fresh ingredients...more

Nightlife & bars

Catering to people from all walks of life, Manila’s nightlife scene is rich and varied and includes a whole host of bars, clubs and pubs in districts such as Malate, Ermita and Makati...more

Transportation

Manila is well served by air, land and sea with buses and RoRo ferry links to all regions of the Philippines as well as flights to most major international travel hubs as well...more

Manila guide - Pearl of the Orient

Manila makes the perfect base to explore the historical Corregidor Island in the bay as well as the enchantingly rugged Bataan Peninsula, while nature lovers will appreciated the picturesque Laguna area and Lake Taal.

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The is an excellent range of modern amenities in Manila, which ranges from world-class hotels and shopping malls to restaurants that serve Western food. Manila has a reputation of being a particularly safe city to explore, especially for those who stick to the main tourist zones.

Located in the very heart of the city, the Intramuros district of manila is simply bursting with interesting attractions, and this ancient area offers an insight into the city’s colonial past. Visitors will discover a large number of enchanting cathedrals and other buildings here such as the enchanting Fort Santiago, while no trip would be complete without taking time to explore places such as St Augustine Cathedral and Casa Manila. Taking a stroll along the Manila Bay promenade is the perfect way to escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a while, before taking a tour of vibrant districts such as Quiapo, Binonsa and Makati.

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