Founded in 1571, the walled city of Intramuros was the private preserve of the Spanish government. The 64-hectare stone fortress protected the colonial ruling class and encompassed churches, government buildings, schools, monasteries, hospitals, homes, convents, and plazas. Visit the Manila Cathedral and San Agustin Church in a kalesa (horse-drawn carriage) or on foot. Active travellers can sign up for a tour with Bam Bike, an ethically minded enterprise whose fair-trade bamboo bicycles offer two-wheeled tours around Intramuros’ historic streets.
Visitors Centre, Santa Clara St, Intramuros