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

San Agustin Church and Museum
Attraction
0.38 km away

The Philippines' oldest stone church, San Agustin Church bore witness to the 400-year-old Spanish rule in the country. It has weathered many bombings and earthquakes, and through its countless renovations, incorporated other influences including Filipino and Chinese designs. Octagons, gold-gilded linings, and pineapples decorating the priests’ pulpit all point to its Chinese influences. Italian artisans, on the other hand, incorporated trompe de l'oeil, or illusions, on its ceiling. Two of the salient points of the church are its bamboo organ and a hidden mausoleum, which houses the remains of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi. San Agustin Museum exhibits ecclesiastical relics and artworks, including wooden and ivory statues, Dominican paintings and sculptures, renditions of the galleon ships, and other architectural emblems of Spanish Catholicism. Since 1993, the 400-year-old San Agustin Church was designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Casa Manila Museum
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0.45 km away

Casa Manila Museum portrays the lifestyle of the educated and moneyed class during the 17th and 18th century. While the people who had once lived in such a house are gone, there remains the things they have left behind- the products of their extravagance and the relics of their family values, customs, traditions, and beliefs. Casa Manila Museum, like the other houses that make up the Plaza San Luiz complex, has commercial establishments on the ground floor, and residential areas among its upper floors. The house evokes Filipino-Spanish opulence, from its ornate high ceilings and baroque walls, to its Castilian flooring, Victorian wood furniture, and tropical slats and ventilations.

Rizal Park (Luneta) in Manila
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0.49 km away

Built in 1902, Rizal Park was designed by American architect and urban planner Daniel Burnham. It was chosen to be the seat of American Government during the American Occupation. Its surrounding open spaces and gardens used to be a venue for the members of the elite class to socialize and host formal events. In 1913, Luneta was renamed Rizal Park, after the Philippines' National Hero and intellectual giant Dr. Jose Rizal. Rizal Park is now being revitalized as the largest urban park in Asia, with its historical monuments, gated ornamental gardens, family activities, and recurring free shows and events. The park has thirty (30) attractions and recreation areas, some of which have a minimal admission fee.

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.

Explore Intramuros with Bambike
₱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
Hear first-hand the remarkable stories of resilience, hope, and solidarity which have brought transformation to over 2,500 Gawad Kalinga villages nationwide.

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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