There are places best explored on 2-wheels, and the historic walled city of Intramuros is one of those.
Intramuros in Spanish means "within walls". It was founded by the Spanish conquistador Miguel López de Legazpi in the 16th century, lived through the second World War, and still exists today.
Currently standing as a settlement, commercial area, and historical site, Intramuros blends the Philippines' past and present into one dynamic city of its own: a city behind the walls.
Whether you only have one chance to visit the historical site, or you want to make the most out of your visit next time around, we have tips to make the most out of your visit in Intramuros!
Tip 1: Check out the local's stalls
You don't need to spend a fortune to have a taste of Filipino culture. Have an inexpensive authentic experience by trying out food made by locals.
Try out Patio de Conchita for Filipino dishes that will leave you full and satisfied. For a healthy refreshment, try out the shake stands abound that can make you a shake made of real fruits. You can get a big cup for as low as 55 PHP!
Don't skip Philippine mangoes. Look for the stall near Manila Cathedral that sells fresh mangoes and juice. They sell export quality mangoes for as low as 40 PHP / kilo!
Being on bikes makes looking for these gems easier since you can easily pass through side streets.
Tip 2: Cycle on the walls
Intramuros is best known for being a city behind walls.
Experience not only the beauty inside the walls--go on a new height, and experience the very walls that surround Intramuros!
See the golf course on your left, and the busy Mapua University on your right. Enjoy the breeze--you'll be on the perfect spot for it.
Tip 3: Don't skip the famous sites
The Manila Cathedral, Japanese Cannon, and Fort Santiago are some of the sites one must not miss when visiting Intramuros; they are also some of the most well-known.
Behind the old structures and patina of these sites, are some of the most interesting stories of Philippines' rich history and culture. Do not miss the opportunity to dive in the country's past when you're in the walled city!
Dive in with the 5-star rated Bambike Ecotours. Bambike Ecotours currently has 3 full-time knowledgeable Bambassadors who can guide you: Cedhie and Krizyl are History majors, while Russell is a Manila local who has spent 16 years in Intramuros.
Biking on a leisurely place makes the travel between stops easy and enjoyable, too.
Follow these tips, and you will not only see Intramuros-- you will experience Intramuros!