Top 5 Tourist Spots to Explore in Intramuros

If there is one place that has always been a famous stop at every Manila, Philippines tour, it’s definitely Intramuros. The historic walled city houses not only significant pieces of Philippine history but also interesting facts and tidbits about the Spanish era in the country.

Exploring Intramuros, considering its size, might take you a while. But with Bambike’s bamboo bike ecotours, you never have to break a sweat at all. You can choose from a full tour, express tour, or a sunset bambike tour.

Ready to see what's in Intramuros? Here are 5 top sites you must visit while exploring the walled city by bicycle!

1. Manila Cathedral

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Nestled in the middle of Intramuros, right on Plaza de Roma, is the Manila Metropolitan Cathedral-Basilica, or more popularly called Manila Cathedral. The structure belongs to the oldest and most frequently visited cathedral in the country. Manila Cathedral serves as the seat of the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Manila and has witnessed a handful of papal masses held in the Philippines. From a humble parish back in 1571, it was elevated to cathedral status in 1581 before finally earning the title Minor Basilica 400 years later. While it suffered from plenty of mishaps, including fires, wars, earthquakes, and typhoons, the Neo-Romanesque-Byzantine cathedral still stands proud, albeit the major reconstructions it underwent over the decades.

2. San Agustin Church

Referred to as the Immaculate Conception Parish or the Archdiocesan Shrine of Nuestra Señora de Consolacion y Correa, the San Agustin Church is another Roman Catholic church found within the walled city of Intramuros. It is dubbed as the oldest stone church in the Philippines, having been built back in 1607. It sits on General Luna St., a mere five-minute walk from the Manila Cathedral. San Agustin Church’s structure is inspired by the Augustinian temples in Mexico, with the symmetry and interiors all screaming of grandeur from the Spanish golden era.

3. Fort Santiago