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7 Things To See In And Around Manila

The capital of the Philippines combines big-city life with a fusion of European and Asian culture. The city enjoys lush tropical surroundings. What are some things you shouldn't miss?

Quiapo Church

Quiapo Church

Although the original construction perished in a blaze, Quiapo Church is still a major attraction in Manila. It's probably most famous for its sacred Black Christ statue, carried by devout believers in a procession each year.

American Memorial Cemetery

American Memorial Cemetery

U.S. presence was big in the Philippines, and this gathering of 17,206 headstones pays tribute to the soldiers killed during the Second World War.

Pagsanjan Falls

Pagsanjan Falls

If it's countryside you crave, take a two-hour drive outside Manila to swim under a real waterfall. You also have the opportunity to canoe around the waters.

National Museum of the Filipino People

Discover the many layers of Filipino history, starting from Paleolithic times, the Spanish invasion, to the 20th century. Your ticket is good at the National Gallery of Art, too!

Rizal Park

Rizal Park

Named after Filipino revolutionary Jose Rizal, this park covers 60 hectares. Take a stroll through its woods, pay tribute to Rizal's monument, and admire its cultivated gardens.

Taal Volcano

Taal Volcano

Did you know that there are active volcanoes in the Philippines? You can hike this one, as well as traverse its surrounding waters by various forms of transport. Not to be missed!

Villa Escudero Plantation

This working coconut plantation is a major part of the local agricultural industry. You can learn about local sugarcane and coconut trade, birdwatch, and explore a rural village.

Planning Your Manila Visit

When's the best time to go?

The rainy seasons are July and August, and the temperature reaches its peak in May - over 90 degrees. January or February could be your best bets for mild weather and low rainfall.

How can I stay safe?

Protect yourself from con artists by only accepting help from people you know. Exercise common sense by keeping valuables hidden and not wandering poorly-lit areas.

Good to know

  • Language
    Filipino and English
  • Currency
    PHP (₱)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+08:00)
  • Country Code
  • Best time to visit
    To avoid the rain and intense heat, plan your visit for January or February, when mild temperatures are more likely to be found.

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What people are saying about Manila

My husband and I took the Manila: Old & New 4-Hour City Tour. We enjoyed the trip for several reasons. Metro Manila is quite large and spread out with a lot of traffic to be concerned with. The tour allowed us to see a lot of Metro Milano in a matter of 4 hours, while leaving the driving to the experts. Our guide was very knowledgeable so we learned a lot about the city's history as we visited all the main places to see. There was a good amount of time off bus to explore a bit, while letting the bus cover the miles inbetween and our guide keeping us informed as to what we were passing by. We enjoyed the outing very much.

Manila: Old & New 4-Hour City Tour Reviewed by Lanita, 02/12/2019

We took the Tagaytay Ridge tour for a chance to get and see some beyond Metro Manila . It was a good day with an interesting variety of activities. We enjoyed seeing the ex-Marcos Palace and the views of the volcano in the lake were lovely. Then we stopped for a delicious lunch at Max's Restaurant. Finally, the visit to the church with the bamboo organ was also very interesting. We were lucky too, as there was a wedding that afternoon so were got to hear the organ played. Our guide was very knowledgeable, friendly and polite. All-in-all it was a great day out.

From Manila: Full Day Trip to Tagaytay Ridge Reviewed by Lanita, 02/12/2019

they were prompt the car was very clean the driver was very and our tour guide was very nice very knowledgeable went way in depth with the history and answered every single question i had and i had a lot of them he was very pleasant and patient and they drop me back at my hotel at a perfect time for me to get more activities then throw out the rest of the day was a great tour

Manila: Old & New 4-Hour City Tour Reviewed by diane, 18/02/2020

It's great if you want to relax and see the sights. Guide and driver were friendly and everything was taken care of. I would recommend for those who don't want to walk a lot (e.g. seniors). Lots of history to learn

Manila: Old & New 4-Hour City Tour Reviewed by Nicole, 29/12/2019

Great experience! Boatmen were very friendly. Tour guides were very nice. Would definitely do again. Long drive and boat ride though, so just be aware. 3 hr drive from Makati and 3 hr boat ride to the falls.

From Manila: Majestic Pagsanjan Falls Adventure Reviewed by Matthew, 18/12/2019