Manila is the vibrant capital of the Philippines, centre of trade and industry commerce, education, entertainment and arts. It is an invigorating blend of some of the country’s oldest and richest heritage treasures and the most modern metropolitan features of the Philippines landscape.
Manila started as small tribal settlement along the Pasig River before it became the seat of Spanish colonial rule in Asia during the 16th century. Today, Manila is a bustling megalopolis with ultra-modern skyscrapers and over 12 million inhabitants.
Manila is megalopolis composed of 16 cities
Manila encompasses an area of 619.57-square-kilometer (239.22 sq mi) and has a population of over 12 million inhabitants
Intramuros is the historic walled area within the modern City of Manila. Originally, it was considered to be Manila itself at the time when the Philippines was under the Spanish Empire colonial rule.
Manila has a tropical climate with hot temperatures year-round, rarely going below 15 °C or above 39 °C.
Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) is the only airport and the premier gateway in Metro Manila. It is the busiest airport in the Philippines. The other airport that serves Metro Manila is the Clark International Airport in Angeles which is located 80 kilometers (50 mi) away.
A number of hotels and casinos can be found around Metro Manila. Makati, the financial hub of the metropolis is home to numerous international hotel chains.
Top attractions in Manila: Fort Santiago, San Augustin Church, Intramuros and Rizal Park
The average length-of-stay in Manila is 2 days.
What to see:
Manila is a great starting point for a Philippines vacation. Here are some of our favourite places in Manila and neighboring town, not to be missed during your stay:
- Intramuros – it’s the oldest district of Manila and the historic centre also known as a “Walled City”. It was built by the Spanish when they ruled the Philippines. Intramuros most popular attractions include San Agustin Church, Fort Santiago, Manila Cathedral, Casa Manila and the Rizal Shrine.
- Tagaytay – it’s a scenic tourist spot south of Manila. It sits on a ridge above Taal Volcano Island, an active volcano surrounded by a lake.
- Manila Bay – the perfect place for an enjoyable walk and witness a romantic sunset. It also houses a large Shopping Mall, Star City amusement park and casinos.
- Mount Pinatubo – an active stratovolcano located north of Manila. The peculiarity of Mt. Pinatubo is it’s crater lake, which lies at the end of a.5-hour trek.
- Makati – it’s the country’s financial hub known for the skyscrapers and shopping malls. It’s a shopper’s paradise in the heart of Metro Manila.
When to go:
Manila has a tropical climate and can be enjoyed any time of year.
Manila has two seasons: wet season (May-November) and dry season (December-April). Typhoons are also common from June to September.
Manila is also a city full of events, live concerts and festivals.
-Aside from being a major international gateway city, Manila is also a jump-off point for intra- regional air travel. The Ninoy Aquino International Airport services over 40 airlines providing daily services to more than 26 cities and 19 countries worldwide. NAIA is also a series of domestic airport terminals that act as hubs to various regional and provincial airports in the country.
– Manila is also a popular destination for cruises ships and leisure vessels. Situated within a tranquil harbor, Manila is the chief seaport of the Philippines, serving the city’s commercial needs and is also considered as one of Asia’s major ports.
Scheduled trips to other Philippine ports leave on a regular basis, which provides travelers with a different mode for exploring the country.