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Experience Manila in holiday homes to rent

Known as the ‘Pearl of the Orient’, Manila is the capital of the Philippines and one of the most densely populated cities in the world complete with skyscrapers, art galleries, speak-easy bars, artisan markets and a lively indie music scene. Whether you’re travelling with friends or family, Manila is an exciting and underrated city with a lot to offer near holiday homes to rent.


Historic sites near Manila holiday rentals

Manila has a rich and turbulent history that’s explored in numerous historic sites throughout the city. Holiday homes can be found near places like the National Museum of the Philippines, a massive museum with collections of Filipino art, archaeology and natural history, and the Minor Basilica and Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, a 16th-century basilica known for ornate architecture and papal visits. History buffs will also enjoy Casa Manila, a museum depicting Spanish colonial life in a restored historic home, and the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene, a Catholic church with a revered 17th-century statue of Jesus.

Things to do

Things to do near Manila holiday rentals

Manila boasts some must-visit attractions to experience during your stay. Holiday rentals are available near top attractions like Fort Santiago, an iconic citadel commemorating national hero José Rizal, and Baywalk, a waterfront walkway with gorgeous views of the water and sunset. You should also see Bahay Tsinoy, a museum and heritage centre that explores the influence of the Chinese on Filipino culture, and the Coconut Palace, a unique building made of coconut lumber and shells. Intramuros and Rizal Bagumbayan Light and Sound Museum is another must-see that uses mannequins to tell the story of the Philippines’ journey from colony to nation.


Activities and attractions in and around Manila

Are you hoping to discover attractions to see in the area? Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable holiday rental, you'll want to experience everything that makes Manila a fun place to get away to. These are some of the top attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Manila Ocean Park (1.1 mi / 1.8 km)
  • Intramuros Golf Course (0.4 mi / 0.6 km)
  • Manila Zoo (2.3 mi / 3.7 km)
  • Star City (2.8 mi / 4.4 km)
  • Malabon Zoo (4.7 mi / 7.6 km)
  • Wack Wack Golf and Country Club (5 mi / 8 km)
Natural highlights

Exploring the natural features in Manila

Whether you're an active traveller or just want to appreciate the scenery, Manila is a great place to get out in nature. Here are some of the area’s noteworthy features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Rizal Park (0.9 mi / 1.5 km)
  • Baywalk (1.8 mi / 2.9 km)
  • Paco Park (1.4 mi / 2.2 km)
  • Rajah Sulayman Park (1.9 mi / 3.1 km)
  • Legazpi Active Park (4 mi / 6.5 km)
  • Track 30th (5.9 mi / 9.5 km)
How to get there

Transport options to and around Manila

Fly into Manila (MNL-Ninoy Aquino Intl.), the closest airport, located 6.5 mi (10.4 km) from the city centre.

If you're travelling by train, Manila Tutuban Station, Manila Espana Station and Manila Laong Laan Station are the main stations that serve the city. You can see more of Manila by catching a ride on the metro at Carriedo LRT Station, Central LRT Station or Recto LRT Station.

Food & drink 

Sample regional cuisine in Manila

Filipino cuisine is composed of numerous cultural influences including Indian, Chinese, Spanish and American that enriched the food culture and adapted indigenous ingredients to the local palate. Dishes can range from simple meals like fried fish and rice to complex paellas and cozidos of Iberian origin. Popular delicacies include longganisa, a type of sausage; tapa, a cured beef; adobo, a chicken or pork dish in spices and soy sauce; and pochero, a dish of beef and bananas in tomato sauce. If you want to experience this ‘East meets West’ culinary culture during your stay in Manila, visit one of the many restaurants and eateries near your holiday accommodation.

Family friendly

Family fun near Manila holiday homes

If you’re travelling with kids, you’ll find a range of options to make memories in Manila. Holiday rentals can be found near places like the Manila Ocean Park, an aquatic theme park and educational facility with hands-on activities and live shows, and the Manila Zoo, a zoo and garden with diverse animals in old-fashioned enclosures. Kids will also enjoy the National Museum of Anthropology, a museum devoted to Filipino heritage with artefacts and exhibits, and Museo Pambata, an educational and interactive children’s museum featuring hands-on exhibits and shows. The National Planetarium, an astronomy museum with educational displays about the planets and space, is also great for kids.

Good for couples

Romantic holiday accommodation in Manila

Manila’s historic spaces and beautiful architecture make it ideal for a relaxing couple’s retreat to bond and unwind. Romantic holiday homes are available near places like Rizal Park, a large park with garden spaces and outdoor events, and San Agustin Church, a landmark church and monastery with a museum of artwork. You may also enjoy Malacañan Palace, a presidential museum with guided tours, and Paco Park, a tranquil park space within a walled cemetery with shaded paths and garden areas.

How many holiday accommodation are available around Manila?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,574 holiday rentals around Manila. From 1,361 Condos/Apartments to 53 Houses, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay around Manila is on Stayz.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Manila?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of holiday rentals for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Manila:

  • Malate: 86 holiday homes
  • 670 Ermita: 54 holiday homes
  • Santa Cruz: 15 holiday homes
  • Brgy. 719: 44 holiday homes
  • Sampaloc: 22 holiday homes

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Manila?

Stayz offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places in Manila. From Stayz travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Manila Ocean Park: 1,722 holiday rentals
  • Robinson's Place: 1,714 holiday rentals
  • Central Bank of the Philippines: 1,715 holiday rentals
  • Manila City Hall: 1,719 holiday rentals
  • University of Santo Tomas: 1,709 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Manila listed on Stayz where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in Manila?

Yes, of course. Stayz offers 1,361 Condos/Apartments in Manila. Our other popular types of Manila holiday rentals include:

  • Houses: 53 holiday houses
  • Studios: 907 holiday houses
  • Hotels: 16 holiday houses

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Resorts and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Manila?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 1,090 holiday homes with pool available in Manila. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

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