The oldest and most historic district of Manila is Intramuros, the heart of Spanish Manila. The area is also known as Ciudad Murada or Walled City because of the almost three mile stretch of stone walls and fortifications that protected the city from attack. The foundations of Intramuros were laid in 1571 by the Spanish conquistador Miguel López de Legazpi.

Today the region offers visitors the opportunity of exploring the preserved history of the city. As a former military headquarters, Fort Santiago was once a key piece of protection for the city. Other significant structures worthy of exploration include the Postigo del Palacio, the Puerta de Santa Lucia and the Baluarte de San Diego.

In true Spanish style, there are several notable plazas that are a great place to appreciate bygone times including Plaza de Roma, Plazuela de Santa Isabel and Plaza Moriones.

Manila Airport (MNL)

Flights from Australia to Manila will disembark at Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) is the main airport serving Manila and its surrounding areas. Commonly referred to as Manila International, the airport is made up of four terminals and is a major hub for Cebu Pacific.

Airport Accommodation: There are a number of hotels located in close proximity to Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Book your Manila Airport accommodation.

Getting to Manila

There are several airlines that offer flights to Manila from Australia. Direct flights from Sydney or Melbourne take around eight hours. There are also flights that include a stopover in Taipei, Bangkok and Singapore. Flights from Perth via Sydney, Singapore or Kuala Lumpur take between 11 and 20 hours depending on the stopover. Flights from Brisbane via Taipei, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur take between 15 and 20 hours depending on the stopover.

Airlines that fly to Manila

Airlines that offer cheap flights to Manila from Australia include:

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