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   ( The Walled City of Intramuros in Manila )


Who goes here :

  • √ Suitable for : Solo
  • √ Suitable for : Couple
  • √ Suitable for : Family/Group
  • √ Suitable for : Kids

What to expect :

  • √ Easy to access
  • √ Historical
  • √ Popularity with tourists
  • √ Safety : Good
  • √ Kids allowed

Essential Information

A 64-hectare fortress by the mouth of the Pasig River, the walled city of Intramuros was built in 1571 and has endured a lot. It was once attacked by Chinese pirates and the Dutch forces, then held at various times by the British, Americans, and Japanese, only to be destroyed by the Battle of Manila on the closing days of World War II.

There are still many traces of its life as the elite preserve of the Spanish ruling classes, from the baluartes (bastions) and puertas (gates) with drawbridges to the impressive government buildings, schools, hospitals monasteries, churches, stately homes, convents, and cobbled plazas.

Walking tours are available, but you can also explore it yourself. Get a map from Intramuros Visitors Center and just start walking.

ADDRESS : Intramuros, Santa Clara Street (Visitor Centre), Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
PHONE NUMBER : +63 2 527 2961

Pictures : Intramuros

  • intramuros calesa horse carriage
  • intramuros street
  • intramuros welcome
intramuros calesa horse carriage


If you don´t want to walk, hire a horse-drawn carriage (called calesa) to see the main attractions.


Tips, Comments and Reviews : Intramuros

There are free guide maps at the Intramuros Visitors Center on the grounds of Fort Santiago.

Rina L.
Don't stop at Intramuros. Explore the surrounding Paco and Binondo, where the local populace and Chinese immigrants were settled during the Spanish occupation.

Glaiza V.
Tired from the heat? Grab an iced tea at Tamayo's Cafe, a frozen latte at Starbucks, or any cold drink from any of the many restaurants within the walls. You can also try the stool-on-the-pavement affairs on the street for simple local food.

Ingrid C.


How to Get There : Intramuros

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