Our list of must-visit tourist spots in Albay, Philippines – home to the Mount Mayon Volcano.
There are a lot of spectacular places that you can visit in Albay. This magnificent province is listed in the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves. This means that the place exhibits a balanced relationship between men and nature. It proves how splendid the province is. If you need more evidence, then you should be visiting these top tourist spots in Albay.
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Must-visit tourist spots in Albay, Philippines
The symmetrical and almost perfectly coned shape of Mount Mayon is one of the most sought-after views for tourists who are visiting Albay. The location is shared by eight cities and municipalities in Albay. Rising more than 8,000 feet of the Albay Gulf, this active stratovolcano is the highest point for the whole Bicol region. Mayon is so stunning that the name was based from the mountain legend’s heroine, Daragang Magayon, which means beautiful maiden.
During the 1814 eruption of the Mayon Volcano, it destroyed the Cagsawa church located in Daraga, Albay. The place also served as a memorial for the people who died during that time. This location gives a spectacular view of the Mount Mayon. Aside from sightseeing, you can purchase some souvenirs, local delicacies, and even potteries and woodcraft from the vendors near the ruins.
Ligñon Hill Nature Park
The Ligñon Hill Nature Park offers both sightseeing and activities for visitors to enjoy. A wonderful view of the Legazpi City, Albay Gulf, and Mount Mayon can be appreciated from their viewing deck on top of the hill. Located near the viewing deck are some vendors selling local goods, snacks, and artworks. The park offers activities such as zip line ride, trail climb, rappelling, tunnel exploration, ATV rides, and biking on the gullies at the foot of Mount Mayon.
Kawa Kawa Hill
This is the famous “hill without a hilltop” of California Village, Barangay Tuburan, Ligao. The topmost part of the 236 meters high hill covers six hectares of the cratered top. From the top, there is a great view of Ligao, Mount Masaraga, and Mount Mayon. Apart from the concaved summit, the place is known for having a pilgrimage site of fourteen Stations of the Cross for Roman Catholics.
Embarcadero de Legazpi
There are a lot of things to be experienced along the harbor of Legazpi Port, Victory Village in Legazpi City. This place is a lifestyle hub where you can revel in the mall and the 90 feet high skywalk that has scenic views of Albay Gulf and Mount Mayon. There are land activities such as wall climbing, bungee trampoline, zip line from the lighthouse, kart racing, and Segway riding. For water activities, they offer paddle boat and water jeep rides, jet skiing, and parasailing.
Located in the southernmost part of Cagraray Island of Bacacay, Albay is the gorgeous resort of Misibis Bay. The resort has an activity center, pool, spa, and fitness center. There are restaurants where you can eat and bars where you can hang out with your family and friends. If you want to stay for some time in this place, they have rooms and villas which you can rent. If you are looking for adventure, you can try their land and water activities such as Segway riding, dune buggy rides, ATV, zip line, banana boat rides, kayaking, windsurfing, jet skiing, and even a sunset cruise. Check rates and availability.
St. John the Baptist Church
This is a Roman Catholic church located in Tabaco, Albay. It is commonly referred to as the Tabaco Church. The church was built using dark volcanic stones and sand that were found from the area during the time it was built. One of the fascinating things about this church is its bell tower that used Rococo or ‘Late Baroque’ design.
The Nuestra Señora de la Porteria Parish Church, more commonly known as the Daraga Church, is located in Daraga, Albay. It was built in 1772 by Franciscans using volcanic rocks. The church is recognized as a heritage destination by the National Cultural Treasure of the Philippines. The location of the church gives a very picturesque view because of the Mount Mayon that can be seen in its background from a specific angle.
There are a lot of captivating places you can visit in Albay. If you are visiting for a short while, make sure to put these places in your itinerary. If you are staying long, go ahead and explore the wondrous province. You will not be disappointed in rediscovering the beauties of nature.