Where is it? Manila
What is it? Manila’s oldest neighbourhood, the walled city of Intramuros (or Ciudad Murada) was built by the Spanish in 1590 and became its administrative centre. It is named for the three-mile-long circuit of massive stone walls and fortifications completely surrounding the district, which contains stone palaces, churches, schools, and courtyard houses.
Why go? Although many parts of the walled city were destroyed during WWII, the walled city has been faithfully restored and is the best place to soak up the city’s colonial past. Take a walking tour through leafy residential streets lined with colonial architecture, explore the baroque churches and don’t miss Fort Santiago – a citadel used by the Spanish and American military and where Philippine’s national hero José Rizal died.