I’ve been very busy these past few weeks because it’s Christmas season and traveling long distance is not a good idea. However, I feel like there is a need to feed my wanderlust! Then all of a sudden, thoughts popped out of my mind and I remembered a vivid moment when I was on 6th grade. It was so vivid that I still remembered the faces of my classmates and friends when we took our pictures together at the gate of Fort Santiago.
20 years after that memorable experience, I’m back in Intramuros.
Ever heard of a walled city? In Manila, the capital of the Philippines, there lies INTRAMUROS.
It is the oldest district in Manila and a city rich in history. Back in the days, Intramuros serves as a defensive wall built by the Spanish government to protect the city from foreign invasion.
Intramuros today is totally different from what it’s like before. Inside the walls, you could find commercial establishments, universities, museums, churches, century old buildings, hotels, cafe’s and restaurants, etc.
What to do?
- Wear you most comfortable shoes and get ready to walk on the walls
- Chill out at the Plaza’s
- Visit century old churches
- Learn more about the history at Fort Santiago
- Ride the “kalesa” or horse -drawn carriage
- Cafe’s and restaurants is a must-try
- Aim your camera at architectural masterpiece and take pictures like a pro!
What happens next?
Navigating Intramuros is a walk in the park because anywhere you go, you will definitely find interesting places that will entice your senses.
The best thing to do here is to walk on the walls, enjoy the sight, wine & dine at heritage restaurants, and visit historical landmarks.
Here’s a glimpse of the new Intramuros.
Going back to this place brings back good memories. It was indeed a weekend full of exciting discoveries!
– Will I ever recommend this to my friends? Yes!
– Will I ever go back to this place? Definitely!
4 out of 5