Manila is the Philippines’ capital city and is packed full of history and culture and has plenty to offer visitors that will ensure they have a fantastic time when they visit. From some of the world’s largest shopping malls to the historic old Spanish colonial part of the city surrounded by walls, or nightlife that will have you painting the town red, Manila has it all. Below are some of the best things to see and do when you visit to ensure you have a fantastic time with plenty of beautiful memories to take home with you.
Ayala Triangle Gardens
If you are staying in a luxurious Makati City hotel, you will not be far from Ayala Triangle Gardens, and it is worth visiting. The lush green of the gardens is a welcome sight in the heart of the city’s business district and going at night when it is dark will allow you to experience the beautiful lights that you can see in the park.
San Agustin Church
If you like history, you may wish to pay a visit to San Agustin Church, the oldest church built of stone in the Philippines and dates to the 16th century. There was formerly a monastery attached to the church, which was destroyed in World War II and was rebuilt as a museum you can explore in the 1970s.
A Walk Along The Promenade
Another way to get away from the city’s hustle and bustle of Manila is to go for a walk along Manila Bay’s promenade. The walk from the Cultural Center of the Philippines to the opposite end, where the American Embassy is, is about 2 km long. Along the way, you will see glistening blue water on one side and skyscrapers on the other, and there are street vendors and cafes along the way, as well as an area where you can see many street performers.
A Spot Of Shopping
If you are itching to go shopping to see what you can find for sale in Manila, a visit to the SM City North EDSA shopping mall may be in order. It is the largest shopping mall in the Philippine and the seventh largest worldwide, with over 1000 shops, you can shop till you drop, enjoy some food, go bowling, or watch a film.
Visit A Volcano
You can do something else that you may not have considered before is visiting a volcano, and Taal Volcano is an excellent place to go. You will take an air-conditioned bus to the volcano, and you can explore the abandoned presidential palace, enjoy the spectacular scenery, and taste some of the local delicacies on offer.