Philippine Cities Best Traveled on Foot (Part 2): Walk on Cobblestone Roads
Choose Philippines | Sep 16, 2015
Metro Manila commuters always dread the combination of payday, rush hour, Friday, and heavy rains. Add another case of MRT breakdown and you have one of the worst traffic jams in EDSA. It's so bad that the number of hours you spend on the road could have just been spent going to any Philippine paradise outside the city.
With the high volume of cars plying our streets, the best alternative to minimize traffic is to travel on foot. Of course, you wouldn't want to walk in the polluted roads of EDSA so here are a couple of the Philippine cities that should be visited in your trusty pair of shoes.
With its cobblestone roads, ancestral houses, and well-preserved 18th century buildings, Vigan City in Ilocos Sur has been hailed time and again as one of the best spots to visit in the Philipppines.
It was listed in 1999 as a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and was declared as one of the New 7 Wonders Cities in 2014.
A translation of "within the walls" in Spanish, Intramuros is the oldest district of Manila. Though not really a city currently, it was the original seat of the Philippine government during the Spanish occupation. The "Walled City" was constructed with defensive walls to protect it from foreign invasions.
Intramuros was damaged during the occupation of the Japanese Imperial Army. Reconstruction started in 1951 when it was declared a National Historical Monument.
Fort Santiago is now a well-maintained park while other monuments and historic churches within Intramuros are being restored.
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