Beginning of main content
Trip Type

Search over 1,000,000 properties worldwide and 550 airlines worldwide

Search over a million flights, hotels, packages, and more

No Expedia cancellation fee to change or cancel almost any hotel reservation

Baluarte de San Diego

This ancient fort has survived natural and man-made adversity to become one of Manila’s best-loved beauty spots.

Baluarte de San Diego dates from the end of the 16th century, when it was constructed as part of the fortifications of the walled city of Intramuros by a Jesuit priest, Antonio Sedeno. Originally named Nuestra Senora de Guia (Our Lady of Guidance), the bastion was primarily designed to repel invasion. Its sturdy structure is testament to its purpose and has helped it to survive wars, earthquakes and the ravages of time. During the 1980s it was substantially restored and today is a popular tourist attraction.

Before you begin your exploration, stop to read the information panel at the bottom of the stone staircase leading up to the fort. This brief introduction to the history of the site will greatly enhance your visit. Walkways lead you around the bastion itself, offering close-up views of the ancient moss-covered stone structure. Although it is not possible to walk among the ruins, you can get a good impression of its size and strategic importance.

Look out for the three large rings of stone connected by crossways, which are thought to have been the base of a tower, now destroyed. There are also several original cannons bearing fascinating inscriptions with details of when and where they were made. The lookout post is a reminder of the vital part the fort played in warning the city of approaching enemies in the past. Nowadays it provides a peaceful photo-opportunity, with impressive views across the Manila skyline.

The bastion is surrounded by beautiful gardens, criss-crossed with pathways and adorned with lush plants, fountains and an attractive pergola. Not surprisingly, this is a popular place for weddings, family parties and other special occasions, so it’s worth checking before you visit to make sure the gardens are not closed for a private function. As you stroll around, pay heed to the notice warning of flying golf balls, as stray balls from the nearby golf course have been known to catch people unawares!

Baluarte de San Diego is south of Intramuros, opposite Rizal Park. Take the light rail to Central station, from where it is only a short walk. The fort and gardens are open daily for a modest admission charge.


Guide to Exploring Baluarte de San Diego


Map

Top Hotel Deals

See all 1,850 properties near Baluarte de San Diego
The Manila Hotel Rs7,461
The Manila Hotel

The Manila Hotel

One Rizal Park, Manila
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly Manila hotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Rizal Park, Manila Ocean Park and Manila Bay. U.S. Embassy and San Agustin Church are also within 15 minutes. United Nations LRT Station is 17 minutes by foot and Central LRT Station is 20 minutes.

    Bayview Park Hotel Manila Rs4,388
    Bayview Park Hotel Manila

    Bayview Park Hotel Manila

    1118 Roxas Boulevard, corner United Nations Avenue, Manila, Manila
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Ermita, this hotel is steps away from U.S. Embassy and Rizal Park. Manila Bay and Manila Ocean Park are also within 10 minutes. United Nations LRT Station is 10 minutes by foot and Pedro Gil LRT Station is 18 minutes.

      Hotel H2O Rs5,947
      Hotel H2O

      Hotel H2O

      Luneta, (Behind the Quirino Grandstand), Manila
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        This family-friendly Manila hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 5-minute walk of Manila Ocean Park and Manila Bay. Rizal Park and U.S. Embassy are also within 10 minutes. United Nations LRT Station is 19 minutes by foot and Central LRT Station is 25 minutes.

        Manila Lotus Hotel Rs2,922
        Manila Lotus Hotel

        Manila Lotus Hotel

        1277 A Mabini cor Padre Faura, Manila
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Ermita, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Robinson's Place, Manila Bay and Rizal Park. U.S. Embassy and Manila Doctors Hospital are also within 10 minutes. United Nations LRT Station is 11 minutes by foot and Pedro Gil LRT Station is 12 minutes.

          City Garden Suites Manila Rs3,173
          City Garden Suites Manila

          City Garden Suites Manila

          1158 A. Mabini St. Ermita, Manila, Manila
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Ermita, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rizal Park, U.S. Embassy and Manila Bay. Manila Doctors Hospital and Robinson's Place are also within 10 minutes. United Nations LRT Station is 8 minutes by foot and Pedro Gil LRT Station is 15 minutes.

            Rizal Park Hotel Rs6,436
            Rizal Park Hotel

            Rizal Park Hotel

            South Road Drive, T.M. Kalaw Ext., Ernita, Manila
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Ermita, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Rizal Park, Manila Bay and Manila Ocean Park. U.S. Embassy and Manila Doctors Hospital are also within 15 minutes. United Nations LRT Station is 13 minutes by foot and Pedro Gil LRT Station is 22 minutes.

              Best Western Hotel La Corona Manila Rs2,965
              Best Western Hotel La Corona Manila

              Best Western Hotel La Corona Manila

              1166 M.H. Del Pilar St cor. Arquiza St, Ermita, Manila
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Ermita, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rizal Park, U.S. Embassy and Manila Bay. Robinson's Place and Manila Doctors Hospital are also within 10 minutes. United Nations LRT Station is 10 minutes by foot and Pedro Gil LRT Station is 15 minutes.

                White Knight Hotel Intramuros Rs3,109
                White Knight Hotel Intramuros

                White Knight Hotel Intramuros

                Plaza San Luis Complex General Luna St., Intramuros, Manila, Manila
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in the historical district, this hotel is steps away from Casa Manila Museum, San Agustin Church and Fort Santiago. Rizal Park and Manila Cathedral are also within 10 minutes. United Nations LRT Station is 17 minutes by foot and Carriedo LRT Station is 20 minutes.