Manila is the capital city of the Philippines
and is located on the eastern shores of Manila Bay. The city has a total population of more than 1,660,000 people and is the second most populated city in the Philippines behind Quezon City
. It's a truly teeming metropolis that gets bigger each day, both in population and size, as new developments are built in all directions.
The city of Manila is a major destination for tourists who visit the Philippines due to the many wonderful attractions that the city has to offer. Many of Manila’s tourist sites are found in the old downtown area and along Roxas Boulevard, which parallels Manila Bay. Guided tours of the city are available and are a great way to discover the city. Choose holiday accommodations with Owner Direct Vacation Rentals, where we can connect you with condo rentals, villa rentals, and apartment rentals listed by owners of vacation accommodations
In older sections of Manila like Intramuros and Chinatown, horse-drawn carriages clip-clop their way through the old streets of the historic walled city
. Glass and concrete buildings stand side-by-side with Spanish colonial houses and neo-classical government buildings. Dragon arches, gold-domed mosques and elaborately-styled mansions define the enclaves of the Chinese, the Muslims, and the rich and famous. Lodging is available in Manila; Owner Direct Vacation Rentals can help you find the right accommodation, vacation rental or villa rental for your holiday
At the center of modern Manila is Makati, the commercial center for the country. Here, tourists can shop, eat and drink to their heart's content
. It surpasses the generic-mall syndrome by having its own unique vibe that comes from the hordes of locals who come here to work, relax and play.
Rizal Park is the main recreation center and an oasis in the city
. The Park has Chinese and Japanese gardens, historical markers, plazas, a grand stadium, an observatory, an open-air concert hall, an artists' sanctuary, a light-and-sound theater, restaurants, food kiosks and playgrounds, and dozens of fountains, overlooking the famous and picturesque Manila Bay. Rizal Park is where locals go to re-energize, whether it's on a family picnic or doing tai chi at dawn.
Filipino singers and stage performances by live bands can be found in many bars throughout Manila. The city has an energetic nightlife. Visit one of the trendy night clubs of Makati or participate at a karaoke bar
, which happens to be a national obsession. Search for a last minute accommodation deal in Manila in a house rental, villa rental, condo rental or apartment rental.
In contrast to many Southeast Asian cuisines, Filipino cuisine is easy on the chili and gets its distinction from the sour and vinegary flavors
used instead. Traditional dishes are usually very meaty, with pork being a particularly popular choice. High-quality international dishes are also widely available in Metro Manila. If you own holiday homes, list your self-catering villas, villa rentals and vacation home rentals with the Owner Direct Vacation Rental website.