Intramuros
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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).
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  • BigBlock13
    Brisbane, Australia30 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great touristy spot.
    Very beautiful spot in Manila, with lots of historical buildings and history to explore. Everywhere you look is something to see. Downside can be the number of kids flocking to the tourists hoping for a monetary handout.
    Visited April 2023
    Written June 4, 2023
  • roaming_kiwi58
    Christchurch, New Zealand2,817 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very interesting historical area of Manila
    Intramuros is the historic old walled city part of Manila. The original fortifications were mainly built by the Spanish. Much of the area was flattened during World War II, and has been later rebuilt. It is an interesting part of Manila to investigate. We walked here from where our cruise ship docked at the port of Manila. Spent a couple of hours wandering the streets of the Intramuros. If you go into Fort Santiago there is an entrance fee, but the rest of the area is free of charge. You can of course make donations in the churches. Definitely the number one place to visit when in Manila.
    Visited March 2023
    Written July 1, 2023
  • Marikrisvi S
    Quezon City, Philippines684 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Weekly Sales Training
    Was assingend to do Sales Training with this company. As their office is near San Agustin Church and other places to see. My last time in Intramuros is when we had this field trip in Elemntary.But to see again that im working i think i have to say that i appreciate the view that gives you the old historic vibe. If your a foreigner and have to chance to visit this place. You should defintitly. Also the restos here are so good.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled on business
    Written August 15, 2023
  • Nana Boakye
    Willingboro, New Jersey6 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    My Take
    It was ok. I think if I had a tour guide I would have enjoyed better. The holding cell was looking like a slave cell. I think they called it the dungeon. But it was a great to know a little history of the Philippines.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 26, 2023
  • Czar Emmanuel
    Manila, Philippines9,450 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Old walled city of Manila
    Intramuros (literally, "within the walls") is the historic center of Manila. It is surrounded by thick stone walls and a vast golf course. Inside you can visit what is left of Manila after it was destroyed by the Japanese during World War 2. You can walk its cobble stoned streets and visit Fort Santiago, the Manila Cathedral, the San Agustin Church, etc. There are also lovely restaurants and souvenir shops. You may also want to try the "calesa" (horse-drawn carriage) that would take you around Intramuros up to nearby Rizal Park, but it's a bit pricey. 😉
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 27, 2023
  • Nitro Cars
    Sydney, Australia30 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Intramuros, Manila. The city within a city.
    Step back in time to the old walled city - a city within a city. Established during Spanish colonial times 1571 till the American (1898) and Japanese occupation of World War II. Upon arriving you will be doing a lot of walking best to avoid the rainy (June - Oct) and hot seasons (April, May) November to February is probably the best weather to be site seeing. Lots to see like historical buildings, churches, plazas, Manila Cathedral, Rizal shrine, museums and the fortifications of Fort Santiago.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 11, 2023
  • SingaporeGirl
    Singapore, Singapore519 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The 'must' of every Manila visit - Intramuros
    For anyone visiting Manila, this has to be your first stop. No other place combines the history, the background, the mood of the city as much as Intramuros, once the 'walled city' relegated to the Spanish from the 1500s on through Manila's liberation by American troops who drove their tanks into the gates of Fort Santiago during the second World War. Do not hesitate in hiring one of the guides who will greet you upon arrival; these guides are superb. They know their history and the stories that make Intramuros come alive. We thought we'd spend an hour and spent nearly three.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written December 15, 2023
  • Dan L
    Bunbury, Australia7,762 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Relic of Spanish era Colonialism
    Visited with our shore excursion group. Fascinating historical area dating to 1571 when the fortified walled area was founded by Miguel López de Legazpi, Spanish conquistador. Our tour included some of the main attractions, San Agustin Church & Museum, Fort Santiago and Casa Manila Museum. There is so much to see within these ancient walls, a couple of days would be justified in order to understand and appreciate these historical fortifications and their role where once was a Muslim kingdom.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 18, 2023
  • San L
    Singapore, Singapore108 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Appreciate the history of Manila
    Intense Filipino History. Worth getting a guide and spending the few hours walking though the surrounds, the dungeons, the old Fort Santiago, the ground, the Spanish barracks, the American barracks, and the incredible history of Manila, and the Philippines. Learning and not forgetting the history and atrocities of the Japanese Occupation. And finally, enjoying a horse carriage ride around the old city walled perimeter.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 22, 2023
  • CeciliaLozada
    52 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lots of History
    My mom and dad were teenagers during the Japanese occupation. There’s a lot of sad history but it should be kept alive so it’s not relived or forgotten. We didn’t book a tour, but once we arrived, there are plenty of motor bikes offering tours. Be careful on creating a time frame because they will continue the tour and then charge more for their service. Carl, our driver, was great until it came to that point. We still paid and gave him a tip but warned him not to do this to future travelers. Overall, Intramuros is worth a tour. Afterwards, nearby, is the Manila Chinatown, also worth a visit.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 7, 2024
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Jose S
Baguio, Philippines6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
On the way I visit fort Santiago. There is a lot of people and it's close to Rizal park would recommend others to visit this place in a visit to manila
Written March 25, 2024
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Jason S
Melbourne, Australia2,023 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
Intramuros is located within the walled city of Manila, it's tourist central for all tourist and should be your number one stop while visiting Manila, history of neighborhood is what makes this zone all the more spectacular to see and explore.

I would certainly say this is by far the number one thing to do while in Manila.
Written March 16, 2024
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Ben F
Bloomington, IN1,792 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
I strolled Intramuros for an hour or two (on a 100 degree day, mind you), and the sights I saw were quite interesting and unique. The cathedral in particular was beautiful. I enjoyed people-watching and watching locals live their lives.

However, the construction…every corner I turned, workers were digging up the road. I understand they’re trying to preserve and improve things, but from this one experience at an objective point of view, I really disliked the roadwork. Driving my electric wheelchair on the streets to begin with, already stressful as is, was made nearly impossible with construction part of the equation.

There also weren’t many places to go in (at least that seemed open to visitors) and not many places to eat that weren’t blocked off. I got a bit lost and confused at times when trying to find my way around, which is often part of the fun, but Manila as a city in general did not impress me. Subjectively.

Perhaps experience Intramuros for just an hour en route to something else (e.g. Fort Santiago). I may return once construction season dies down.
Written March 11, 2024
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lucsky
Sydney, Australia383 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
it's not bad but you will find better Spanish cultural heritage in lots of other towns or countries.
If you have a few hours to kill why not visit a museum or a church. No guide required.
It's reasonably clean and safe unlike the rest of Manila Ermita or Malate which is filthy
Written February 29, 2024
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WalkingPoint
Kumamoto, Japan396 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
A huge, rambling area of the old city. Some high end hotels and other enjoyable places to visit. Restricted traffic so, some walking is required.
Written February 21, 2024
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Thewanderingpassport
Sydney, Australia728 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
Must must see! You just cant miss this when in Manila!
There is so much ancient history in the small walled area of Intramuros - there is little back alley ways with locals living there in small huts and just outside the walls are huge malls and massive high rise apartments!

My fav part is walking along the wall you have to do this! There are many young locals hanging around the walls all times of the day dancing and talking and its really nice to see - all harmless fun :) tiktok is huge here btw

Must see as many museums as possible in intramuros - lots of history!

Safe to walk around on your own - you will get harrassed by men on bikes tuktuks asking if you want to have a tour around town… my advice, just firmly say no thanks and walk off, dont be rude or ignore that wont work…
Written January 25, 2024
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Dong
Basay, Philippines40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Wow! An absolute must if you are visiting Manila. A chance to view some of the historical architecture that has influenced buildings, life and culture in the Philippines. We can all have an opinion on the fairness of history, but this living town allows one to walk where those influences started 400+ years ago. The buildings are great, they city wall is amazing and the church leaves one feeling quite insignificant given it's splendor and history. Top marks Manila.
Written January 13, 2024
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CeciliaLozada
Carlsbad, California52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
My mom and dad were teenagers during the Japanese occupation. There’s a lot of sad history but it should be kept alive so it’s not relived or forgotten. We didn’t book a tour, but once we arrived, there are plenty of motor bikes offering tours. Be careful on creating a time frame because they will continue the tour and then charge more for their service. Carl, our driver, was great until it came to that point. We still paid and gave him a tip but warned him not to do this to future travelers. Overall, Intramuros is worth a tour. Afterwards, nearby, is the Manila Chinatown, also worth a visit.
Written January 7, 2024
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San L
Singapore, Singapore108 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Intense Filipino History. Worth getting a guide and spending the few hours walking though the surrounds, the dungeons, the old Fort Santiago, the ground, the Spanish barracks, the American barracks, and the incredible history of Manila, and the Philippines. Learning and not forgetting the history and atrocities of the Japanese Occupation. And finally, enjoying a horse carriage ride around the old city walled perimeter.
Written December 23, 2023
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Dan L
Bunbury, Australia7,762 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Visited with our shore excursion group. Fascinating historical area dating to 1571 when the fortified walled area was founded by Miguel López de Legazpi, Spanish conquistador. Our tour included some of the main attractions, San Agustin Church & Museum, Fort Santiago and Casa Manila Museum. There is so much to see within these ancient walls, a couple of days would be justified in order to understand and appreciate these historical fortifications and their role where once was a Muslim kingdom.
Written December 19, 2023
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