Manila Travel Attractions: Interesting Places to visit in Manila

What makes Manila travel interesting? Manila is not that really popular compare to other destinations in Asia because its quite far and flights are quite expensive according to some travelers I’ve met before.

Rizal Monument
Rizal Monument at Rizal Park (photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

I have been to other places myself. I’ve learned that getting the right info about a place can be frustrating. For a few times I was not able to enjoy what a place had to offer because of lack of information. You will not go through that. You have come to the right place. You avoided searching for hours because the right information when it comes to traveling to Manila is right here on this page.

National Museum of the Philippines
National Museum of the Philippines (photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

Visitors should realize that Manila is a modern and ancient city with Spanish influence especially in regards to its culture, history and architecture. There are high-rise buildings, which tower over historic ruins and surviving structures of the past. Ancient churches and posh shopping malls attract the young and the old alike. The people here are lighthearted and very friendly to tourists and this warmth creates an atmosphere that makes traveling to Manila something special.

San Nicolas District
San Nicolas District

Simply known as Manila, Metro Manila is an area of 14 cities and three towns. In this region, there are many Manila travel attractions on offer which include:


Intramuros is a medieval fortress at the center of Manila. Its high walls enclose the city on all sides. Efforts to restore and develop the walled city as a historic site are ongoing to ensure that it continues to be a major tourism attraction. Most of the walls survived, and the gates restored. Walking the walls gives a better view of the city inside and outside the walls. There are several attractions here, like Fort Santiago at the mouth of Pasig River in Manila Bay, which is where Jose Rizal was imprisoned during WWII.

Manila City Hall
Manila City Hall

San Nicolas District

San Nicolas is a district in the city of Manila and it is located at the western central part of the city, on the northern bank of Pasig River surrounded by the districts of Binondo and Tondo. This district has kept its 19th-century ancestral houses, which symbolizes the wealthy lives of the people who used to live there just like the ancestral houses of Silay City and Vigan City.

Rizal Park

Here there is a tribute to the country’s national hero, Jose Rizal. It is a 58-hectare park in the heart of the city, and it is one of the largest parks in Asia. It is a stretch of gardens, fountains and monuments. Also known as Luneta Park, hundreds of locals spend their days.

Manila Baywalk

Manila Baywalk is the one of the best spots to take in the Manila sunset. Consider hopping on a sunset cruise. There’s a great selection of cafes and restaurants on offer, with good food and music. Baywalk is on the preserved frontage of Manila Bay.

Quiapo Church
Quiapo Church

Corregidor Island

Corregidor is a small rocky island located at the entrance of Manila Bay. A day trip to Corregidor revisits World War II bravery and history. Cannons and remains of bombed-out barracks provide a view of the battle here. You can end the day with an outdoor activity, blending adventure with history.

Ying Ying Tea House in Binondo
Ying Ying Tea House in Binondo

Malate District

Malate is an old district of the city of Manila which is widely known as a Party Hub. The district is located at the southern end of the city of Manila, bordered by the city of Pasay to the south, by Manila Bay to the west, by the district of Ermita to the north and by the districts of Paco and San Andres to the east.


An old district of Manila that is home to Manila Chinatown established since 1521. Its main attractions are Binondo Church, Filipino-Chinese Friendship Arch, Seng Guan Buddhist temple, shopping malls and various Binondo Chinese food shops.

Paco Park

A recreational garden that was once a Spanish cemetery located in Paco district. The place is now a popular wedding venue and an ideal place for small gatherings.

All of these attractions make Manila a fascinating, vibrant, and exciting modern and ancient place to visit. They are part of the glory that was Old Manila. And that is something Filipinos are so proud of and get to share to the world.

  1. Micole l Philippine Traveler says

    Always a Fan of Binondo! So many finds and great Fil-Chi food!

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