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After one look at the busy streets of downtown Manila, you might be surprised to hear that the bayfront capital of the Philippines is an amazing place to kick off a road trip through rolling hills and vintage villages. But before you hit the highway in one of Wotif’s top Manila car hire options, take in all the history, hullabaloo and halo-halo you can get in this ancient city.
Psst! Halo-halo is the region’s signature dessert—an unbeatable combo of boba tea, fruitcake and ice cream. Nothing “vanilla” for Manila. Grab a map and check out Wotif’s awesome Manila accommodation before you take off for the “Queen City of the Pacific”.
Before you pick up your car hire in Manila, get to know the city centre on the above-ground metro system. You can also hail a taxi when there’s a lull in the action.
East of the port area, wander through Ultramuros, the ancient walled city, where Spanish settlers set up a fort during the 16th century. Those Spaniards sure knew a thing or two about real estate, because the gardens at nearby Fort Santiago are gorgeous. You’ll feel like you’re already cruising the lush countryside. Ready to feel the balmy tropical breeze blow by? Let’s hit it.
When you read the word “Highlands”, visions of kilts and haggis may come to mind. Well, a 55km drive to the Tagaytay Highlands will change all that. Follow the Emilio Aguinaldo Highway south to long stretches of open road and green hills.
Don’t expect to be “roughing it” in this wilderness, though. Savour some fine dining near the junction with Nasugbu Highway. Not sure what goes well with views of Taal Volcano? Well, try the adobo. The slow-roasted pork dish has a little kick, thanks to a spicy vinegar-based marinade. That sounds delish!
When you can’t decide between a seaside city and the quiet countryside, select one of Wotif’s Manila car rental options and explore the best of both worlds. Book Manila holiday packages with Wotif and save on the airfares and accommodation for a getaway you’ll never forget!