Manila attractions things to do & see on holiday
Manila: Manila is the capital and second largest city in the Philippines.
It's a bustling, noisy, colourful, teeming metropolis, an intoxicating mixture of new and old, huge gleaming skyscrapers and mega-malls and ancient shrines, quaint colonial-houses, beautiful hotels and historic churches.
You'll find a wealth of things to see and do here, the renowned, vibrant nightlife offers many options, from swish-bars, buzzing nightclubs and pubs to beer-gardens ( beerhouses) and Karaoke bars.
Shopping and eating here offers limitless opportunities, from high-end luxury establishments to local street vendors peddling local fare and souvenirs.
The main tourist sites are located along it's Manila bay area including shrines, theatres and palaces. Take a walk along Baywalk, a park bordering the bay to see some breathtaking sunsets.
Cebu: Known as the "Queen City of the South" Cebu on Cebu Island is one of the most popular destinations in all of the Philippines.
It's renowned for it's unbelievably beautiful white sand beaches and stunning coastline with crystalline waters.
There's a plethora of beautiful and historic buildings, architecture and landmarks here that reflect it's colourful cosmopolitan past, streets of American-era buildings and old Spanish religious statues and icons
Shopping, eating and drinking are all well catered for too, shopping-malls, restaurants, cafes, bars and nightclubs are plentiful and varied.
The surrounding island with it's majestic mountains, verdant rainforest and atmospheric caves offer the more adventurous traveller the chance to experience outdoor activities such camping, hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, and cave exploration.
Boracay: Boracay is a beach-lovers paradise. A tropical island surrounded by stunning white-powdery sand beaches and azure waters which rival anything, anywhere in the world.
It's amazing vistas including beautiful secluded coves and lush inland-forests will enchant you.
The stunningly clear and marine-life rich waters make Boracay an ideal location for trying your hand at water-sports and activities such as snorkelling, diving, sailing and jet-skiing.
When the sun sets over this paradisic island, Boracay's night-life kicks in, pulsating bars, vibrant clubs and busy restaurants serve equal measures of food fun and drink 'til the sun comes up. Banaue Rice Terraces: Often referred to as the 'Eighth wonder of the World' these breathtaking, awe-inspiring 2,000 year-old rice terraces carved into the mountains of Ifugao are a must-see for any visitor to the Phillipines.
San Agustin Church: Built by Augustinian Friars in 1694 in a style of Gothic, Baroque and Oriental architecture this romantic and charming church was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993.
Malacanang Palace: The official residence of the President of the Philippines constructed in a mixture of Neoclassical and Spanish colonial architecture.
Rizal Park: Often referred to as 'Luneta' Manila's iconic park has hectares of open lawns, ornamental gardens and paved walkways.
At dawn groups gather to practise t'ai chi in it's tranquil picturesque and serene surroundings.
University of Santo Tomas: The university is the oldest existing University in the Far East and was formerly used as a concentration camp by the Japanese during their occupation in WWII.
Manila Zoo: A fantastic place to learn about the beautiful and diverse Philippine flora and fauna, it offers both educational and entertainment facilities.
Other options include: Manila Ocean Park ( a well maintained marine wildlife centre featuring a 25 metre underwater tunnel), Basilica of San Sebastian ( the only all-steel church in Asia ), Manila Hotel ( a beautiful and historic hotel dating back to the American colonial era ), American Memorial Cemetery ( this beautiful and poignant place is a must see for those interested in WWII and it's events in the Philippines ), Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Fishing, Surfing.
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