Baluarte de San Diego | Things to do in City of Manila-Metro Manila

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Baluarte de San Diego in Intramuros used to be a drowning chamber during the Spanish Period. It was built and designed by the Jesuit priest Antonio Sedeno in the late 1580s. Today, the baluarte is a bonsai garden that caters to tourists and social gatherings. Its main feature is the circular dungeon called Fort Nuestra Señora de Guia. Centuries ago, Baluarte de San Diego used to have a view of Manila Bay, and once served as a watchtower for incoming ships. It was intruded by the British Forces in 1762, and was later restored and fortified by the Spaniards. The baluarte was once again abandoned after it was damaged in the 1862 earthquake. It was completely destroyed in the Battle of Manila in 1945, and was restored from 1979 to 1992 for historical preservation.
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Address: Sta. Lucia St, Intramuros, City of Manila, Metro Manila
Fee: P75
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Nearby attractions

Baluartillo de San Jose
Attraction
0.13 km away

Also known as No. 1 Victoria Street, this tunnel-like passage with a built-in drainage canal that empties out to the moat surrounding the walls,  that moat was then drained and turned into a golf course by the Americans.The Baluartillo makes the perfect transport system for firearms and ammunition to Reducto de San Pedro. Atop it also sits the headquarters of Gen. Douglas MacArthur when he was appointed as the commander of the United States Army Forces in the Far East (USAFFE). 

Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila
Attraction
0.16 km away

Standing on centuries worth of historical sites, the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila was established in 1960. But before the university came to be, its site was the first Jesuit compound in Manila. In 1581, the Jesuits arrived in Intramuros and then decided to settle on that block up until their expulsion in 1758. During the years of Jesuit occupation in the area, the following structures were built: the Church of Santa Ana in 1587, Colegio Maximo de San Ignacio in 1595, Colegio de San Jose in 1601, and the first church and convent of San Ignacio in1626 

Bagumbayan Light and Sound Museum
Attraction
0.16 km away

The first of its kind in Asia, the Bagumbayan Light and Sound Museum was pioneered and first launched through the “Visit the Philippines 2013” campaign. This hour-long lights and sound show depicts Philippine history through the life and works of Dr. Jose Rizal. Visitors can walk through the Philippine history set in Intramuros, all the way from the Spanish colonization to the day of Dr. Jose Rizal’s execution in Bagumbayan.The museum sits on the former site of Religious of the Virgin Mary convent, once called as Beaterio de la Compania de Jesus convent.

Things to do nearby

Dinner and Cultural Show at Barbara's
₱1250.00
Experience
Dining experience
0.44 km away

Barbara de los Reyes was brought up with a taste for elegance and good food. Her family pioneered the fine dining and catering industry in Olongapo City. She brought this fondness for gourmet cuisine to Manila in the early 1970s. Starting out as a small cafe in Malate, the business soon expanded its operations to catering as well as canteen management. Today, Barbara's is located at the Plaza San Luis complex in Intramuros, Manila. The restaurant's main entrees celebrate traditional Filipino and Spanish recipes but house specialties also include other European-inspired dishes. Barbara's cater to people who enjoy good food served in a grand manner.

Intramuros Bambike Tour
₱200.00
Experience
Biking and hiking
0.47 km away

Cycle around historic walled city of Manila on a bamboo bike with Bambike Ecotours! The 2.5 hour guided bike tour goes through 8 to 10 major historical and cultural sites inside Intramuros. The tour is done in small intimate groups of around 5 to 10 people (with a maximum of 15 people). Choose from a wide variety of Bambike designs which include our signature Ligtasin Cove beach cruiser and Victoria city. Enjoy other Bambike designs as each Bambike is unique!

Befriend the Real Manila
₱1206.00
Experience
Walking tour
0.47 km away

From a unique community cooking experience to learning about social enterprise, these tours allow you to discover Metro Manila from another perspective.

Why visit a Gawad Kalinga Community?

Get a unique taste of Filipino Culture
Take a cooking class, visit the market, or take an impromptu language course.

It really is more fun in the Philippines
No one does fun like the Filipinos, and visiting a community is the best way to experience unique Filipino hospitality!

Authentic stories of inspiration
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Where to stay

The Manila Hotel
₱6874.00
Hotels and homes
0.33 km away

Overlooking the South Harbor, this iconic luxury hotel is an 11-minute walk from landscaped gardens in Rizal Park, and 2 km from both the National Museum of the Philippines and Fort Santiago.

Featuring marble bathrooms with TVs, tubs, and rainfall showerheads, the lavish rooms come with flat-screen TVs, minibars and tea and coffeemakers, as well as MP3 players and free Wi-Fi. Palatial suites add extra rooms, and 1 has a private lift and helipad access.


There are 4 swanky restaurants, including an opulent champagne room, along 3 bars, and a club lounge with butler service. There's also a pool, a spa and a fitness center.

The Bayleaf Intramuros
₱3320.00
Hotels and homes
0.62 km away

The Bayleaf Intramuros is a boutique hotel in Manila, Philippines that promises contemporary luxuries and conveniences. Set within the walls of the oldest district and historic core of Manila, this iconic landmark in the metro offers a high-class city abode for any traveler. It presents 57 guestrooms that blend style and comfort to encourage relaxation. Each one has five-star beddings, a 32-inch LCD TV, Wi-Fi Internet, and spacious bath with rain shower. The hotel also affords ace facilities for leisure and business. This includes a ballroom, 5 meeting rooms, and 4 dining venues.

The Luneta Hotel
₱4680.00
Hotels and homes
0.66 km away

Housed in an exquisitely restored national landmark, The Luneta Hotel Manila offers the finest boutique accommodations, superlative dining experiences and thoughtful personalized service.The building, reminiscent of the French Renaissance architecture, first opened in 1918 in one of Manila’s most legendary addresses. After years of faithful renovation, the hotel reopened with a collection of 27 guest rooms and suites close to the city’s shopping, dining and cultural attractions.The Luneta Hotel is reborn and invites you to experience the timeless Filipino elegance. With its refined and discreet service, it’s a quintessential Manila experience you will never forget.

Getting there and around

Sta. Lucia St, Intramuros, City of Manila, Metro Manila

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