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Manila is the thriving capital of the Philippines. As an island nation in the South China Sea, the Philippines lie off the coast of mainland Asia. Cheap flights to Manila open up a world of adventure, full of historical and natural riches.
Modern and buzzing, yet keeping one foot firmly rooted in its heritage, Manila offers a true experience of past and present...
Manila itself is a modern waterfront city overlooking Manila Bay and comprising 16 city districts and municipalities.
These large and densely populated areas come together to form one large city. The main airport serving Manila is Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL), located south of the main area of the city. The airport welcomes all Manila flights and international arrivals to the Philippines. Few airlines offer direct flights from Europe and these are likely to involve a stopover en route.
Passengers wishing to fly from the UK are usually required to catch connecting flights in order to reach Manila. Transfers can be made at far eastern airports such as Hong Kong, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur or in the Middle East at Dubai or Abu Dhabi.
The downtown area of Manila is influenced by its Spanish colonial history. Major landmarks in the city include Intramuros and Rizal Park. Intramuros is the historical heart and lies within city walls and dates to when the Spanish were in control.
In Intramuros, there is a museum, Casa Manila, which houses a permanent exhibition relating to the Spanish colonial period. Here you can also visit San Augustin, a World Heritage site, and nearby Fort Santiago. Rizal Park, named after the national hero, José Rizal, is a large open space in the heart of the financial district. It is also home to the National Museum and an oceanarium. The largest private art gallery in the Philippines can be found at the Ayala Museum in the Manila suburbs.
Other tourist attractions in the area include Quiapo Church, the Golden Mosque and Coconut Palace. Quiapo Church in the Quiapo district of Manila is a Roman Catholic Church housing a statue of Christ with reputed healing properties. Also in Quiapo is Manila's largest mosque, the Golden Mosque. Coconut Palace is the official residence of the Filipino vice president and is in the Pasay district.
For entertainment, there's a lively Chinatown area, exciting nightlife in Makati and plenty of shopping to be done at the impressive SM Mall of Asia. In Chinatown, you can also visit the Manila Chinese Cemetery. Also popular at night is the Baywalk Promenade in Manila where there are many bars and restaurants at which you can enjoy food and drink while watching the sunset.
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