Manila is the capital city of the Philippines serves as the center of culture, economy, education, and government in the country. It is the most populous region of the country and one of the most densely populated in the world. It is also the main gateway for international travellers going to the Philippines by flights.
Dry Season - January to April
If you have a lot of outdoor destinations included in your Manila itinerary, it's best to explore during the dry months of January to April.
Holiday Season - September to December
The best months to go to Manila is during the -ber months of September, October, November, and December when the city is full of festive lights and Christmas decorations.
Manila is accessible from both international and local destinations by flights. Flights from two international airports, Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) or Clark International Airport. Airport buses and taxis are available in the airport terminals.
Intramuros, known as the "Walled City," is the oldest district and historic core of Manila. Intramuros tours are a must-try for history buffs because it's packed with trips to interesting attractions. This iconic Manila landmark is actually a walled area within the modern city. It was the seat of government and political power when the Philippines was still under the Spanish rule. Intramuros is Manila's only district where travellers can see complete architectural remnants of the Spanish Era. A day trip in Intramuros is enough for you to go sightseeing in this well-preserved historical attraction.
This is one of the country's oldest Hispanic stone castles. In 1951, Fort Santiago became a national historical monument and a well-kept destination frequently visited by travellers. You can join a sightseeing and walking trip to explore this attraction.
Located in the heart of Manila is Rizal Park, a landmark full of historical significance. The park is a homage to the Philippine national hero, Jose Rizal. He was a doctor and novelist who was shot by firing squad at this site on December 30, 1896, on charges of fostering local rebellion against the Spanish government. Rizal Park features monuments, squares and gardens, large stadiums, observatories, an open-air concert hall,s, sound and light theaters, shops, food kiosks, playgrounds, and many fountains.
This gleaming museum features four floors of superbly curated exhibits on Filipino culture, art and history. At the heart of the collection is a brilliant exhibit consisting of 60 dioramas that succinctly, yet effectively, trace the nation’s history, which kids will also love. The indigenous textile collection is superb, and there are some exquisite pieces of pre-Hispanic gold jewellery and objects.
SM Mall of Asia or MOA is particularly famous for both domestic and international visitors. It is the biggest shopping center in the Philippines and has several establishments.