5 Reasons to Visit Intramuros: Manila’s Walled City

Manila is a city breathing with history. Take the infamous Intramuros for example. It's still standing and has retained most of it's original buildings and cobblestone paths all the way back from when the Spaniards conquered the country. Just imagine, if the walls in Intramuros could just talk, what kind of stories they'd be saying.

So if you are wondering what things there are that you can do if you do decide to visit the Intramuros, here are 5 suggestions.

1. The San Agustin Church

San Agustin Church of Manila, Foursquare.com

San Agustin Church of Manila, Foursquare.com

Declared by UNESCO as a world heritage site, the San Agustin Church in Manila is a favorite wedding venue. It's also one of the biggest and intricately designed churches in the country. When I came here for the first time, it was for a field trip in school, and that was like fifteen years ago. But when I recently visited, I couldn't even go inside because there was a wedding. So be wary that there are special events such as this happening almost every day. Besides, don't you want you wedding to be held in a place that already holds so much history?

Name:
San Agustin Church of Manila
Address:
General Antonio Luna St., Manila, City of Manila, Philippines
TEL:
+63 2 527 2746
HP:
Official Foursquare.com

2. Take a walk along the walls

Intramuros, Foursquare.com

Intramuros, Foursquare.com

It's not every day that you can say that you walked on the walls of a city. And that you did this in the bustling metropolis of Manila. Just be sure you have water with you as it can get really sunny, and that be aware that there are many beggars taking advantages of tourists.

Name:
Intramuros
Address:
1002 Manila, City of Manila, Philippines
HP:
Official Foursquare.com

3. Relive the national hero's last days in Fort Santiago

Fort Santiago, Foursquare.com

Fort Santiago, Foursquare.com

The Fort Santiago is probably the go to place here in Intramuros. First of all, it is were Jose Rizal, the country's national hero, was held captive. It's also a great place to just hangout in and have a great view of the historical area. Take note that while the Intramuros doesn't charge for entrance, Fort Santiago does.

Name:
Fort Santiago
Address:
Intramuros, Manila, City of Manila, Philippines
HP:
Foursquare.com

4. Hop on a kalesa

Intramuros, Foursquare.com

Intramuros, Foursquare.com

A kalesa is an old Filipino transportation. It is like a horse-drawn carriage and was used in the days when the Spanish took over the country. This form of transportation is still alive and kicking inside the walled city and its a great way to go around and see the sights.

Name:
Intramuros
Address:
1002 Manila, City of Manila, Philippines
HP:
Official Foursquare.com

5. See what an old Manila house looks like

Casa Manila, Foursquare.com

Casa Manila, Foursquare.com

Casa Manila used to be an old house in Intramuros that they turned into a museum/venue or events place. It still has its charms and most of the furniture inside have been preserved.

Name:
Casa Manila
Address:
Intramuros (General Luna Street), City of Manila, City of Manila, Philippines
TEL:
+63 2 536 8692
HP:
Official Foursquare.com

Conclusion

Learning history can be this fun! Just don't let the heat of the sun get to you, or the dampness of the rain! Choose to visit this place from January to March, so its not that hot yet but at the same time, it's not the rainy season in Manila.

Author

Geninna
5 things I can't live without: coffee, books, my iPod, wifi, and my husband :D Born and raised in Manila, Philippines but I've lived in Qatar, Indonesia, and the UAE. I am currently living in Romania, and I have been on vacations to Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia and Vietnam :) And does a stop over in Bahrain and Germany count?