Metro Manila is the capital and the political, economic and industrial center of the Philippines. The metropolis is located in central Luzon, in the north of the Philippines and is the most populous city with more than 12 million people. Due to the international airport, Manila is often used as the starting point for a round trip ...
The vibrant capital
..At the same time, Manila tells the multifaceted history of the Philippines, shaped by historical buildings and attractive contrasts. The pulsating metropolis is surrounded by volcanic landscapes, mountains and tropical forests and is an excellent starting point for active day trips into the countryside ...
The city behind walls
In 1571 the fortress city was built under Spanish colonial rule. The walls were supposed to protect mansions and churches. Parts of this wall were destroyed during the Second World War. The complex has been restored and so many historic buildings can still be found today. Today Intramuros stands for an educational center with schools and universities.
Fort Santiago fortress
Particularly noteworthy is the Fort Santiago fortress, from which the Bay of Manila was protected, and the San Augustin Church, which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1933.
Rizal Park is not only an attraction for tourists, but also very popular with the locals. The park is named after the freedom fighter Josè Rizal, who was shot by the Spaniards on this square. The park is located in hectic Manila and offers a place for rest, peace and relaxation. There are also several museums in the immediate vicinity.
The entire waterfront was cleaned in early 2019. The cobbled promenade invites you to romantic walks at sunset. Filipinos are also bustling on the Manila Baywalk, enjoying the evening sun and ending the day.
Makati financial center
Makati is the most modern district. Most banks and financial companies are located there. Skyscrapers made of glass, noble villas, extraordinary and huge shopping malls are at home in Makati. The skyline is brightly lit at night. Restaurants and bars invite you to go out.
Pasay City is the stronghold for Filipino art and culture. The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) stands for the cultural development of the Southeast Asian country and the Philippine Museum of Ethnology shows the history and culture of the Filipino peoples.
Taal Volcano National Park
The Taal volcano is one of the most active volcanoes in the Philippines and particularly popular with hikers. It is located 50 kilometers south of Manila, near Tagaty City, and can be visited on a day trip. The volcano itself lies on an island, which in turn lies in a lake. Arriving early is worth it so that you can escape the hot midday sun.
100 kilometers southeast of Manila near the city of Santa Cruz is the Pagsanjan waterfall in the idyllic rainforest and can only be reached by boat. More specifically, with a dugout boat. The boat trip over power points can be refreshing and guarantees a real adventure. Individual arrival can be made from Manila by bus and jeepney. To avoid the flow of tourists, it is advisable to start in Manila at 7 a.m. The tour costs around 660 pesos. The excursion should only be booked at signposted boat docks and official providers.