The Philippines is a beautiful place to be. The smell of adventure, serenity, and awe await you in many of over 7,000 islands that sit on the country. Even the locals never get enough of the picturesque sights and wonderful experiences that all become postcards in their memories.
If you want to experience the best of the Philippines, here are the top tourist destinations you can include in your bucket list.
1. Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
The Philippines has been conquered by Spaniards during the 1500s. This colonization has left major influence that is still visibly seen today. Visiting Vigan, one of the oldest Spanish towns in the country, lets you see and feel this Spanish influence through its well-preserved centuries-old buildings and traditional crafts. Since 1999, Vigan is considered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also one of the New 7 Wonder Cities of the World.
2. San Agustin Church, Manila
Another famous edifice left from the Spanish colonization in the Philippines is the oldest church in the country, the San Agustin Church in Manila. It was declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1994. It was built in 1598 and amazingly survived the WWII, which left the neighboring buildings destroyed. It is also known to have endured 7 earthquakes and 2 fires over the centuries.
3. Mayon Volcano, Albay
Located in Legaspi City, Albay in the northern part of the Philippines, Mt. Mayon boasts it perfectly-shaped cone. It is an active volcano in the country with over 40 recorded eruptions since 1616. Rising over 2,000 meters above sea level, Mt. Mayon is not only a famous sight to view in the Philippines, but also a famous place for hiking, climbing, and camping.
4. Chocolate Hills, Bohol
The Chocolate Hills in Carmen, Bohol is a very unique sight and is considered to be one of the natural wonders of the Philippines and the world. It features over 1,200 symmetrical mounds of earth covered in grass. These grasses turn brown during summer, thus the name “chocolate hills”. As you visit Bohol, you may also want to see the tarsiers, which are uniquely found in the Philippines, as well as other tourist spots in the area.
Take a break from the hustle and bustle of city life and experience relaxing and breathtaking sights in Batanes. Located in the Cagayan Valley Region in the northern part of the Philippines, Batanes features majestic scenes of green hills and cliffs over often raging seas with its 10 small islands. While in Batanes, you can also enjoy biking, walking to one of the Ivatan (natives of Batanes) houses, and visiting WWII structures.
6. Banaue Rice Terraces, Ifugao
Witness a stunning sight of terraces carved in the mountains of Ifugao in the northern part of the Philippines. These terraces that are planted with vegetable and rice were built about 2,000 years ago. The sight look like giant steps to heaven with altitudes that reach up to 1500 meters. In Banaue, you can go hiking and learn about the history of Banaue and the indigenous tribes that live there.
7. Tagaytay, Cavite
Another breathtaking site that’s been frequented by many foreign and local tourists alike is the Taal Lake in Tagaytay, Cavite. Locals usually visit the place during summer and on holidays for a relaxing getaway with just around 2-hour travel from Manila. Aside from enjoying the scenic view of the Taal volcano and Taal lake, people also enjoy the cool weather in Tagaytay and engage in leisure activities, such as having a picnic, horseback riding, zip-lining, and enjoying other activities at different parks.
Diving, swimming, and other water adventure
8. Boracay, Aklan
Considered as one of the most beautiful islands in the world, Boracay consistently holds a spot for the top vacation destinations in the Philippines and the world. Located in the western Visayas region of the Philippines in Aklan, Boracay boasts a post-card perfect scene of white sand beach and stunning sunset great for basking. This beautiful island has a very lively atmosphere with several hotels, bars, restaurants, and dive shops lined up. You can also enjoy lots of different water activities during your stay in Boracay.
Palawan is literally a piece of paradise here on earth. Imagine amazing land formations, white sand beaches, placid lakes, and rich underwater life in different areas of Palawan. No wonder it has gained the name as one of the most beautiful places to go on vacation not only in the Philippines, but also the world. Famous places to visit in Palawan include El Nido, Coron, and Puerto Princesa, where you can dive into the breathtaking Tubbataha Reef and where you can find the underground river recognized as one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature.
You can enjoy different adventures in Palawan, such as diving, snorkeling, swimming, island hopping, trekking, mountain climbing, and even simply sight-seeing.
In the center of the Philippines also lies a gem worth exploring. Cebu is a famous historical landmark where the Spaniards fist set foot in the country during the 1500s. Cebu is also known for its beautiful and world-class resort hotels in the island of Mactan. Over the northern tip of Cebu Island, you can go swimming and relaxing on the small white-sand island of Malapascua, where you can also dive and see thresher sharks and manta rays. The southern part of Cebu, particularly the town of Oslob, also lets you swim with the friendly and gentle whale sharks. The rest of the island boasts beautiful diving sites and hidden natural resources, such as waterfalls and springs.
Aside from its historical significance and beautiful natural destinations, Cebu City is also famous for its Sinulog celebration in January. They are also known for their handcrafted guitars.
Those are just among the few of the very many places you can discover and enjoy in the Philippines. Thrilled? Start packing up. Forget your worries and be ready collect wonderful memories. Visit the beautiful Philippines today.
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