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What to see in Philippines

Philippines Attractions


The main attractions of the Philippines are the many beautiful islands, and for most travellers the remoteness of these destinations is part of the appeal. The capital city, Manila, is an easy place to start and the main entry-point for tourists. There are marvellous buildings and cathedrals such as the Intramuros and San Agustin Church standing as testament to the history of Spanish colonialism. The Nations Museum and the Malacanang Palace are great places to learn about the country's history. Manila is the gateway to the famous Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, and there are many delightful islands and regions to explore nearby, including the islands of Palawan and Corregidor, and the unspoilt Banue region.

From Cebu, another popular starting point, island attractions and beaches such as Visayas are a chartered flight or ferry away but the city itself also offers plenty to see and do, including the important religious site of Basilica Minore de Santo Nino, or Fort San Pedro. Davao is also a great travel hub, with excursions to nearby island attractions such as Camiguin Island and the pristine Lake Sebu.

The Philippines has much to offer tourists, but all travellers should ensure they are well-informed about the current dangers of a holiday in the country including areas to avoid and safety precautions advised by travel experts.


Banaue

This fascinating region in northern Luzon is known for being largely untouched by Western civilisation, and gives a glimpse…

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Bohol

The island province of Bohol is one of the loveliest in the Visayas group, and lies southeast of the city of Cebu. It…

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Boracay

The tiny butterfly-shaped island of Boracay in the western Visayas has been 'discovered' by trendy international sun-lovers,…

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Camiguin

The tiny island of Camiguin on the north coast of Mindanao is renowned for the friendliness of its people, epitomised…

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Fort San Pedro

Fort San Pedro, located in Cebu City's wharf area, was the nucleus of the first Spanish settlement in the country. It…

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Intramuros

The oldest part of Manila is the medieval Spanish walled enclave of Intramuros on the southern bank of the Pasig River,…

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Malacanang Palace

The name of the Malacanang Palace, now the seat of government and official residence of the Philippines head of state,…

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National Museum of the Philippines

The large and comprehensive National Museum and Art Gallery of the Philippines preserves and showcases the cultural,…

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Palawan

The island of Palawan is an elongated stretch of thickly forested landscape bordered by coves, beaches, lagoons and limestone…

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Puerto Galera

Puerto Galera, on the island of Mindoro, consists of several towns and beach resorts that have melded together on a protruding…

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Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park

The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is located in the Filipino province of Palawan, about 30 miles (50km)…

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Tagaytay City

Tagaytay is one of the most-visited tourist destinations in the Philippines, famous for the Taal Volcano. The volcano…

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The Chocolate Hills

The Chocolate Hills are the most famous tourist attraction of the Filipino province of Bohol and a regular feature on…

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