Manila: One of Asia’s Coolest Cities

The cosmopolitan city of Manila offers a diverse mix of attractions for visitors, from Spanish colonial architecture, to up and coming creative enclaves boasting edgy art galleries. The list of things to do in Manila is endless. Here we have put together 10 of our favourite things to do in Manila, to help you navigate the city’s highlights. When you are ready to go, contact Brightsun Travel about discounted airfares to Manila, and discover one of Asia’s coolest cities.



Royal Park, covering a massive 60 acres in the heart of the city, is an iconic landmark in Manila, with ornate gardens and atmospheric walkways winding past monuments of great historical significance.


Manila’s architecture includes beautiful old churches, like the San Agustin Church, the oldest church in the Philippines, with an ornate interior and delicately decorated ceilings.


In Manila you could visit the incredible Malacañang Palace set on the Pasig River. This palace complex, dating back to the 18th century, has been the official residence of the Filipino president since 1935.

4.Historic Buildings

A must-see in Manila is the beautiful Casa Manila, a reproduction of a Spanish colonial house, and a beautiful spot to while away a tropical Manila afternoon, surrounded by atmospheric architecture.


Manila is full of museums, including the National Museum of the Filipino People, with artefacts dating back to 24,000 BC, plus a range of indigenous textiles and ancient shipwrecks.


The world class Metropolitan Museum of Manila is one of Manila’s top art spaces and galleries, where you could spend an afternoon exploring a range of local contemporary and experimental art.


Head to the Manila Orchidarium and you could escape the city and surround yourself by hundreds of orchids. The gardens also have attractive water features and walking bridges that are a world away from downtown Manila.


Take in impressive views of Manila Bay from its pedestrianised Baywalk, running along its central Roxas Boulevard, passing important landmarks, like the Quirino Grandstand.


The city’s premier tourist attraction is Fort Santiago, with restored 18th century military barracks, landscaped gardens and magnificent fountains to keep the whole family entertained.


Escolta Street was once known as the Fifth Avenue of the Philippines, and after a long economic decline, has been recently rejuvenated, now boasting cafes, boutiques, galleries and restaurants.


Brightsun Travel runs regular Manila cheap flights offers, and has a range of hotel and holiday packages so that you can secure a fantastic city break to Manila this holiday, and discover one of Asia’s fastest growing cities.



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