Baluarte de San Diego at Intramuros Manila is a majestic stone fort. Its huge medieval-style walls, made of large blocks, will make anybody feel safe and secure. Beyond its fortification, there is a serene garden, full of lush green plants and eye-smoothing trees.
Over the years, Baluarte de San Diego underwent a series of repairs and restorations. The baluarte had been breached and fallen in 1762 from the British forces. After the occupation it was restored only to fall again due to earthquake in 1863. Then it was once more destroyed from the Battle of Manila in 1945. The fort's most recent restoration work was completed in 1992.
Today in Manila the fort is being transformed into a tourist spot. A beautiful garden was built around the fort, with shaded walkways, fountains, old cannons and artillery and pieces of the preceding century showing.
South of Intramuros, opposite Rizal Park, lies the Baluarte de San Diego. Take the light rail to Central Station and then take a short walk going to Baluarte de San Diego.
This cultural attraction is open daily from 8 AM to 5 PM. Make sure to visit during dry season from November to April.
The fort and gardens at Baluarte de San Diego are open daily for a minimal admission fee.