1. Fort Santiago (entrance fee = Php100), the most beautiful (and touristy) area in Intramuros. Entrance along Sta. Clara St. Enjoy a kalesa ride, visiting the Rizal Shrine, retracing the golden footsteps of Rizal to his demise, and walking along the bulwarks by the Pasig River.
2. Head down to admire the fountain at Plaza Roma, surrounded by Ayuntamiento (city council building) ruins, Palacio de Gobernador (governor general’s office) and Manila Cathedral (Cathedral-Basilica of the Immaculate Conception).
3. Walk down Cabildo St. to Bahay Tsinoy (entrance fee = Php100), a museum that relives the history of the Chinese.
4. Across the street is Casa Manila (entrance fee = Php75), a Marcos reconstruction of a Spanish residence that showcases exquisite interiors – and Plaza San Luis where one can dine like a mestizo at Barbara’s.
5. Walk down towards Baluarte Plano Luneta de Santa Isabel, passing by the San Ignacio Church ruins (under restoration).
6. Strolling down Sta. Lucia, turn left to see the San Agustin Church & Museum (museum entrance fee = Php100) – the oldest stone church declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993. Note the missing bell tower (destroyed by an earthquake), intricately carved doors, Chinese lions (church artisans were Chinese) and amazing trompe o’l’oeil interior murals. Don’t miss the tomb of Miguel López de Legazpi, located on the left side of the church altar.
7. At the end of Gen. Luna St. is the southern gate, turn right to visit the gardens and garrisons of Baluarte de San Diego (entrance fee = Php100) facing Rizal Park.
8. Continue walking down Gen. Luna St to Silahis Center – one of the best antique and handicraft stores in town (and the perfect place to cool off after a long walk!) before relaxing at Ilustrado for a unique gourmet treat: sampaguita ice cream, made from the national flower!
9. Walk up the eastern walls at Baluarte de San Andres for great views of the golf course (formerly the moat), Manila City Hall and Lawton area.
10. Leaving Intramuros through Puerta Real, heading to Rizal Park.