Explore Manila, the capital city of the Philippines. Go on a historic tour in the walled city of Intramuros, visit Binondo, the oldest Chinatown in the world, and see other top tourist spots like Rizal Park and National Museum.
What are the most popular tourist spots in Manila?
When in Manila, Intramuros should be the first on your list of must-visit places. Inside the walled city, drop by the San Agustin Church and Manila Cathedral. Another must-see church, Quiapo Church, is only a few kilometers away from Intramuros and is known for the Feast of the Black Nazarene that attracts millions of devotees yearly. Visit Binondo’s Chinatown, the oldest in the world, for a gastronomic adventure and, at the end of the day watch, one of the best sunsets along the Manila Bay at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) complex. Don’t miss a visit to the National Museum Complex in Manila and drop by the monument of the National Hero Jose Rizal at Rizal Park.
What activities can you do in Manila?
You can visit many churches and marvel at their architecture, and go on a food trip at Binondo’s Chinatown. Choose from its countless hole-in-the-walls, bakeries, street-side eateries, and family-style buffets, and try to find one (or more) that will happily fill your stomach. If you want to learn more about the history and culture not only of the city, but also of the Philippines as a whole, visit the National Museum that houses collections representing the art, culture, and history of the country. It has different sections to see, Fine Arts, Anthropology, Natural History, and Planetarium. Tired from exploring and want to rest for a while? Find a comfortable spot at Rizal Park or Paco Park.
When is the best time to visit Manila?
The general climate in Manila is wet and dry. Wet and rainy season starts from July to October, while the dry season is between November to May. While the dry season is the preferred time to travel to Manila, keep in mind that from March to May, the summer heat can get a little too sweltering. Since summer temperatures can get as high as 38°C, this is understandably the peak season for beaches and resorts, despite the cranked-up rates. It's best to check weather forecasts for your destinations when planning the trip. If you prefer a colder season with only scattered rain showers, months December to March is ideal. The caveat is that December is a busy time for Filipinos who love Christmas; the same can be said about Holy Week, which may fall on either March or April.
How much time should I spend in Manila?
If you’re planning to explore just Manila, which is different from the Metro Manila region, a day or two is enough. For the rest of the cities in Metro Manila, you’ll probably need more than a week, considering the time you’ll be stuck in traffic.
What other destinations are near Manila?
The City of Manila is bordered by other Metro Manila cities Pasay, Makati, Quezon City, Caloocan, Mandaluyong, and San Juan. The Metro Manila region itself is close to the provinces of Laguna, Cavite, Rizal, and Bulacan.
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