Intramuros bus © Brian Evans
Intramuros is one of the oldest parts of Manila. Located on the southern bank of the Pasig River, the walled Spanish enclave is a feast of historic buildings and churches, many of which are being or have been restored. Tourists can enjoy several parks, restaurants, art galleries, and souvenir shops in the attractive area. They may also find the area's history interesting. For instance, political prisoners were held, tortured and sometimes executed at Fort Santiago. Today, it is a lush park full of homing pigeons and flowering trees, where visitors can ride along the promenade in a horse-drawn carriage. History lovers should stop at the beautifully restored colonial residences in the Barrio San Luis as well. The area has a festive atmosphere and is full of street artists and stalls selling food.