Manila Travel Guide

The capital of the Philippines, Manila is a laidback holiday destination that is made up of 16 territorial districts each with their own character, charm and attractions. A bustling city that continues to grow in size, population and popularity, Manila is a fascinating blend of history and modern western culture and development. The commercial centre of Manila, Makati is a popular tourist spot renowned for its excellent shopping, dining and nightlife. Boasting a unique atmosphere and friendly, exciting vibe, Makati is also frequented by locals who love this part of Manila as much as the country's visitors do. Other areas of Manila include the traditional walled centre of Intramuros and the unique markets and energy of Ermita, Malate, Binondo and Quiapo. There's plenty of fun to be had and history to explore in these interesting districts.


Accommodation

Manila accommodation offers a range of affordable and luxury rooms, hotels, inns and apartelles. Most Manila accommodation is situated on Roxas Boulevard with views of Manila Bay of in the Ermita and Malate districts. Most Manila accommodation is with 20 to 30 minutes of the international and domestic airports and there are many of international standard hotel chains to choose from. Manila accommodation is often more affordable than most accommodation options in western cities and is conveniently located close to a number of shopping, dining and attractions.


Manila Holiday Packages

Manila holiday packages are an excellent way to plan your visit to the Philippines capital. Offering a coordinated approach to all your travel needs, Manila holiday packages are an easy and affordable way to arrange and book your Philippines holiday. Combining everything from flights and accommodation to transfers, tours, meals, travel insurance and more, Manila holiday packages save you both time and money. There are a number of existing packages to choose from or you can customise one to suit your own individual needs.


Attractions

The majority of Manila attractions are situated on Manila Bay including a number of landmarks, museums, churches, parks and nature and wildlife attractions. Home to one of the world's largest Chinatowns, this exotic attraction is not to be missed. The Baywalk and Bonifacio Shrine are also popular attractions. The old Spanish walled settlement of Intramuros is another Manila must-see along with the amazing Spanish colonial churches and Iglesia ni Cristo Churches. The many museums are a wonderful way to gain an insight into Manila's history and cultural significance, including the National Museum of the Filipino People, Bahay Chinoy (Chinese House), Casa Manila, the "Museo Pambata" children's museum and San Agustin Museum the Museum of Filipino Political History. Located in nearby Makati, the Ayala Museum is also a must-see. Another must-see in Makati are the Philippines' tallest skyscrapers including the Gramercy Residences, G.T. International Tower and PBCom Tower.


Facts

Manila Bay is one of the world's busiest harbours. Manila is named after a mangrove tree (known as a nilad) that features white flowers. Manila was originally colonised by the Spanish and was administered by Spain for more than three centuries, leaving a cultural and architectural legacy that remains today. Manila is surrounded by two active volcanoes, Pinatubo in the north and Taal in the south. Manila also sits atop the Pacific Rim of Fire and is situated in the path of a tropical monsoon which brings powerful typhoons in the last half of the year.