Places to Visit in Manila

The capital city and heart of the Philippines, Manila is the centre of the country’s economic, social, political, and cultural activity. It is located on the island of Luzon and spreads along the eastern shore of Manila Bay. Manila city’s name originally Maynilad, was named after the white-flowered mangrove plant, the nilad. It is a plant with white star shaped flowers which once grew profusely along the banks of the river, the name was shortened first to Maynila and then to its present form.

While Manila constantly gets a bad image for it’s horrendous traffic jams, the heart of the Philippines continues to lure in tourists to witness majestic sceneries and adventurous activities. Now, let us show you the most famous city in the Philippine Island, and learn about the best places to visit in Manila.

Manila Bay

manila bay

Manila Bay Sunset views are amazing, romantic, and relaxing. The breathtaking scenery of a sunset turning the sea and the skies into gold can take our problems and stresses away. During sunset, couples love to gather near the platform of the Bay. They watch the majestic hue of the best spots to watch the sun kisses the sea.


Intramuros, the walled city of Manila. It is the oldest district of Manila which was built during the Spanish Colonial Era, Today, it is one of the most famous tourist spots in the middle of the city. The walls itself is enough to tell you the stories of bravery, intrigue, devastation and resilience.

Massive forts and walls, churches and stunning architectural structures await inside the walled city which makes it a perfect spot for cool photographs and selfies. There is also a golf course for the sport lover that can be enjoyed beside Intramuros.

La Mesa Eco Park

If you wanted a quick escape from the city, La Mesa Eco Park is one of the best places to visit. The last rainforest and the only major watershed in Metro Manila are still standing on its foot, and it is the La Mesa Eco Park. The park is open for walking, running, biking, horseback riding, zipline, butterfly trailing, fishing, birdwatching, and family picnics. The watershed also emits a romantic vibe that attracts a lot of couples. What are you waiting for? maybe the best place for you to propose your love for your princess <3.

  • Open: Daily 8am – 5pm
  • Address: Novaliches, Quezon City, Metro Manila
  • Fee: P50 – $1

Manila Ocean Park

The only Oceanarium in Manila with hundreds of marine animals. The Manila Ocean Park shows hundreads of aquatic and marine life in awesome facilities and high technology tools to let children and marine lovers experience the best trip and see other aquatic species. There are also a numbers romantic sections in the park which makes it as one of the best places to visit in Manila for couples.

National Museum Philippines

One of the best places to learn the history of the Philippines from Fine Arts, Ethnicity and Archeology is the National Museum. The Spoliarium, Juan Luna’s famous masterpiece will greet you at the entrance. The painting is huge and enigmatic. Of course, that’s only an intro. Walking through the museum, you’ll see more of Philippines archives and history.