You’ve spent the last few days in Manila, now you want to see something a little different. Whatever the reason, Manila isn’t the only place in the Philippines. Many others – just a car ride away – offer great attractions and reasons to visit. Below are 4 places you can visit for just a weekend, which will let you see a different side of the Philippines. One of smaller cities and natural beauty.
Located on Luzon Island, this university and resort area is no stranger to beautiful sights and places for travellers to visit. The city is actually known as the Summer capital of the Philippines – it’s that beautiful. In case you hadn’t already guessed, the best time to visit is during summer.
Head here for a weekend getaway from Manila and you’ll be able to surround yourself with beautiful architecture and history, including the Baguio Cathedral and Session Road. Alternatively, you may want to stay outdoors. In which case, the Baguio Rice Terraces are an incredible sight and only require a short hike to see properly.
This popular holiday town is known as the second summer capital of the Philippines, after Baguio. The only difference being that Tagatay is slightly more humid. However, Tagaytay still sees its fair share of tourists every year, especially around Christmas.
Tagaytay is the perfect weekend getaway for anyone who loves nature and relaxing. Mt. Sungay is a brilliant climb and features one of the coolest parks in the world: The People’s Park in the Sky. Also on top of the mountain you’ll find a couple of picnic groves and an incredible view of the Taal lake and Taal volcano in the nearby Batangas province.
Angeles is known for being a site of countless historical monuments and buildings. If you’re a history buff (or want to be) and are thinking of taking a weekend getaway from Manila, this should be at the top of your list.
Fort Stotsenburg – an old colonial fort – Salakot Arch – a monument to their alliance with the US- and the Old Pamintuan Residence – the headquarters of Major General Arthur MacArthur, Jr – are just a few of the interesting attractions to see in this city. Of course, Angeles also offers a side of Filipino culture you just won’t see in Manila. Every October, the city is host to the Big Bite! Northern Food Festival, a great chance to experience Filipino cuisine.
Which bring us to our final recommendation, Batangas. Batangas city is the capital city of the province of (surprise!) Batangas. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations next to the Manila metro area. This is probably largely due to the previously mentioned Taal lake and Taal Volcano. However, there are a bunch of other reasons to select this city for your weekend getaway.
Batangas also has some brilliant beaches. Number one (debatably, because they’re all pretty amazing) is Laiya in San Juan. It’s a very developed beach with lots of places to rent a deck chair and spend the day relaxing. Another brilliant beach is Anilao, one of the area’s best diving locations, with some brilliant scenery as well.