Manila, known as the 'Pearl of the Orient', is the capital of Philippines and a place that has seemingly endless number of attractions. From the Chinese Cemetery to the magnificent Malacanang Palace, San Agustin Church and Rizal Park, there are plenty to explore in this history-rich city. Yatra.com offers exciting Manila tour packages to tourists so that they do not have to worry about anything during their trip and just enjoy themselves in this beautiful city. This bustling cosmopolitan city serves as a starting point of any tour of Philippines. The presence of San Juan and Mandaluyong on the east, Navotas and Caloocan on the north and Pasay on the south make Manila an ideal base for exploring the best of what Philippines has on offer. Moreover, its location on the eastern shore of Manila Bay and west coast of the island of Luzon has blessed it with some of the most spectacular beaches of the country. There are also several stunning beaches located in proximity to Manila, such as Calatagan, Bauan and San Juan. The Spanish stayed here for quite some time in this city and tourists can easily notice their influence on religion, festivals and of course, landmarks. Sixteen territorial districts make up Manila and each district has its own set of attractions, waiting to be explored.
Built by the Spanish in the 16th century, Intramuros is the oldest district of Manila and a major attraction of this city. It is a walled city, within which tourists can find many ruins and relics. Some of the popular ones are Fort Santiago, Baluarte de San Diego, Postigo del Palacio and Baluarte de San Andres. Other districts worth-discovering on a Manila trip are Binondo, Quiapo, Sampaloc, Paco, Santa Ana, and Santa Cruz. Among these, Binondo, renowned as the oldest Chinatown in the world, is the heartbeat of Manila. While vacationing in Manila, tourists can find numerous opportunities for indulging in shopping, dining and sightseeing, all packed up in this pulsating district. Countless Chinese stores are located here that sells everything from souvenirs to handicrafts, jewellery, and garments. Chinese and special Hong Kong cuisine are popular in this area; however, tourists can also savour other international dishes in selected restaurants. Finding a comfortable accommodation during a Manila holiday is not a problem either, as there are plenty of choices, ranging from high-end five-star beachside resorts to budget-friendly hostels. Hence, the city has everything that tourists need for a fun vacation.
A gallery of manila photos provided by the Tourism Authority of manila