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Manila - The cool, cosmopolitan capital of the Philippines

Manila is arguably one of Asia’s coolest cities. Located on the bay in the beautiful country of the Philippines, the city has a long colonial history that has left it with diverse Spanish colonial architecture. It also has an up and coming arts scene that can rival any of its Asian neighbours. In Manila you could spend your days exploring forts, churches, palaces and galleries, and spend your nights taking strolls along its bay side boulevard, watching the sun go down, or joining a young hip crowd in the city’s many rooftop bars. Brightsun Travel has some exciting and cheap holidays to Manila so that you can enjoy everything that this fantastic city has to offer this holiday. Start your tour of Manila at the central Casa Manila, a reproduction of a Spanish colonial house, followed by a stroll along Escolta Street, where you can admire a range of Art Deco, Beaux-Arts and neo-classical architecture. Then on to the city’s top attraction, Fort Santiago, and a tour of the city’s best museums, including the National Museum of the Filipino People and the Ayala Museum.

Now on to the contemporary side of Manila. Here you can visit art studios in old business centres, like the 98B Artists Collective in the First United Building, plus the impressive Metropolitan Museum of Manila, a world class contemporary art venue in the city. For shopping, Escolta Street is where you’ll find the ‘Fifth Avenue of the Philippines’, with plenty of boutiques, galleries and restaurants. Or, head to Makai City and Greenbelt Square and shop by day, and party by night, in night clubs housed in former military bases. And to escape the city, Manila has incredible parks, gardens and promenades. You could take an afternoon stroll along the Roxas Boulevard overlooking Manila Bay, or surround yourself with hundreds of orchids at the Manila Orchidarium. Or simply spend a day in the Royal Park, a 60 acre oasis in the heart of the city. Why not consider a city break with a difference this holiday in the spectacular city of Manila? Contact Brightsun Travel for a range of discount airfares and exclusive Manila holidays, available all year round.

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