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“A quaint walk in Old Manila”
Review of Intramuros

Intramuros
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Private Half-Day Manila City Tour
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Manila Old and New: Sightseeing Tour Including Intramuros and Fort Santiago
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Manila Super Saver: Manila Sightseeing plus Tagaytay Tour with Taal Volcano
Ranked #2 of 142 things to do in Manila
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Intramuros, "The Walled City," is the oldest district in Manila. This is what remains of the fortified city, which was the seat of power during Spanish Colonial times (1521-1898).
Reviewed 18 September 2017 via mobile

Lots of spanish looking streets and a street resembling old Vigan. Lots of commercial fast food. Parks to stay and museums to visit. If you want q cheap date, this one's for you.

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Reviewed 16 September 2017

You can spend a few hours here walking around in the old city. Definitely need to stop at St. Augustine Church while you are here. Only thing that was stressful was trying to find a taxi to leave during rush hour.

Thank JazzM1975
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Reviewed 16 September 2017

We enjoy walking around Intramuros is like to walking back in the time when the first spanish colonization was started

Thank Kelly S
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Reviewed 15 September 2017

My boyfriend stayed in Manila for 2 years before settling to Mindanao. He toured me around Manila, and this maybe the best place I've been so far. It's like we were time travelling back to the Spanish Era. Such an Incredible experience!

Thank queenmary28
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Reviewed 14 September 2017

If you're in Manila and have a day to spend, Intramuros (latin "intra" = within, and "muros" = walls) founded by Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, 1571) is worth a visit.

The "Walled City" (another name of Intramuros) is a big place with a couple of major attractions and activities to do. I would suggest, going on your most comfortable outfit (with bottled water) since it's really very humid and gets really uncomfortably hot from noon til late afternoon on a Sunny/Cloudy day. Here's a couple of major places to visit "within the wall" :

1. Manila Cathedral (Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception) - Destroyed and rebuilt several times over, the Cathedral is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila and one of the most important churches in the Philippines.

2. San Agustin Church (A UNESCO World Heritage site) - A true Spanish Baroque treasure, with magnificent trompe-l'œil ceilings and a splendid high altar (where Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, the 1st spanish Governor General of the Philippines is buried in a Tomb inside). Consecrated in 1607, this ancient building managed to survive the Second World War and is said to be one of the oldest stone church currently standing in the Philippines. It has a museum beside which was originally a monastery.

3. Fort Santiago (Fuerte de Santiago - Built June 1571) - The former military headquarters of the Spanish colonial government. Considered a major landmark in Manila and one of Manila's most popular tourist attractions. Inside you'll find a small museum of Dr. Jose Rizal (National Hero) who was imprisoned in here. There's an entrance fee to enter the place (around US$1.5 if I remember it right).

4. Universities - There's also a couple of prestigious university found in Intramuros. Namely, Mapua Institute of Technology, Lyceum of the Philippines, Colegio de San Juan de Letran, and Pamantasan ng Lunsod ng Maynila. I spent and enjoyed a couple of years of my college life in one of these universities. :)

Other activities you may enjoy doing:

1. Rent one of the Bambikes. Short for Bamboo Bikes which can be rented or arranged for a Tour) would be the best way to go around the walled city.

2. More museums and ruins around the area (Bahay Tsinoy, Casa Manila, Light and Sound Museum, Intendensia, San Ignacio Church (ruins), etc.

3. Splurge in some best restaurants in the area (Illustrado - reservations a must, serving Hispanic and Filipino dishes, Barbara's - similar to the latter, Ristorante delle Mitre, etc.)

4. Starbucks and Ciocollata - Churros Cafe.

5. Golf Course

HAVE FUN! :)

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