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Manila, as one of the Philippines' oldest settlements—a key node in the Spanish galleon trade for centuries and a former American colony in the Pacific—has plenty of history and culture in its streets that even World War II bombs couldn't wipe completely. The wider Manila area, once limited to the walled city of Intramuros, has developed into a huge 246-square-mile metropolis that matches Chicago in size; a worthy stop on any Philippines itinerary. Manila provides lots to see and do for the adventurous traveller taking a few days off between journeys to Boracay and El Nido. Let's take a peek at what Manila has to offer. Book flights to Manila from anywhere with us and experience an unforgettable vacation.

Where is Manila?

Manila is located on the west coast of the Philippine island of Luzon. Its name is confusing since it refers to two separate governmental entities: the City of Manila, which was founded by Spanish conquistadors in 1571, and Metro Manila, which encompasses the City of Manila as well as fifteen other nearby cities and one associated municipality. These are the cities that make up the component cities:

  • Makati is the Philippines' main central commercial centre, as well as a developing inexpensive tourism destination.
  • Quezon City is located north of Manila and is home to some of the Philippines' best institutions as well as regional bus stations for buses bound for northern attractions such as the Banaue Rice Terraces.
  • The Ninoy Aquino International Airport, the Cultural Center of the Philippines, a performing arts theatre, and the SM Mall of Asia, a big retail mall overlooking Manila Bay, are all worth visiting, are all located in Pasay City, which shares historic Roxas Boulevard with the city of Manila.

Best Time to Visit Manila

Visit Manila between January and March, when the "amihan" season still delivers comparatively cool winds from the north, to see the city at its best—when the weather is least rainy or hot, when the monsoon season's floods are nowhere to be seen, and traffic is at its most bearable.

During Holy Week, the week leading up to Easter, Manila is at its least congested, yet most businesses are closed on Good Friday. There aren't any major fiestas in Manila worth visiting at this time of year, but the Holy Week Parade in Intramuros takes place at this time of year, so try to fit that in.

Getting into Manila

Ninoy Aquino International Airport is the principal aviation gateway to the Philippines' capital (IATA: MNL, ICAO: RPLL). It is close to Makati's skyscrapers and the City of Manila's attractive sites due to its placement in the aforementioned Pasay City. Unfortunately, due to Manila's constant traffic congestion, getting into and out of NAIA is difficult. Ube Express (ubeexpress.com), a new-fangled point-to-point bus service, employs buses to link travellers to different sites across the metropolis.

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