Legazpi City has become become one of the prime tourist destinations in the Philippines. Not only does this place boast of one of the wonders of the world, the beautiful Mayon Volcano, it is also home to colorful festivals, historic churches, world-class resorts and adventure tourism facilities. It is definitely a worthwhile place to visit with your whole family.
Here is my list of family-friendly must-visit, must-eat, and must-do when visiting Legazpi City for two nights and 3 days.
Of course, Mayon Volcano should be at the top of any visitor’s list to Albay. The perfect cone volcano is considered a sacred place in Bicol. You may trek to the mountain or take the ATV ride.
Entrance fee: (through the Cagsawa Ruins) P20; ATV ride is P300
Sidenote: The best time to view the volcano is around 7am.
Tripadvisor Rating: 4.5 and #1 of 21 things to do in Legazpi
The remnants of a 16-century Catholic church by the Franciscan order. The original church was burned down and destroyed by Dutch pirates in 1636. It was then rebuilt by a Catholic priest, but was again destroyed in 1814 when Mayon Volcano erupted.
Entrance fee: P20
Opens at 6am and closes at 6pm.
Other activities to enjoy at the park:
Tripadvisor Rating: 4 and #2 of 21 things to do in Legazpi
Provides overlooking view of Legazpi City and the beautiful Mayon Volcano.
Entrance fee: P20
Open 8am to 10pm
Other activities (additional charges may apply):
Tripadvisor Rating: 4 and #4 of 21 things to do in Legazpi
A picnic grove, nature park, and zoo that houses hundreds of animals.
Entrance fee: P50
Opens at 6am, closes at 8pm.
Other activities to enjoy in the park:
Tripadvisor Rating: 3 and #10 of 21 things to do in Legazpi
Trek or take ATV to go to Mt. Mayon.
Join a festival/fiesta:
Pasta Bicolana – pasta in olive oil base with Guinobatan longganisa.
Sili Ice Cream
Tinutong Rice Ice Cream
Pili Ice Cream
Pili Basil Pasta
Ten’s Salad – salad made with sigarilyas (purupagulong in Bicolano), tomatoes, onions and vinaigrette.
Pasta Mayon – ravioli filled with laing and based with tuna sauce.
Canoos Negro – squid with ink cooked in coconut milk and chilli.
Sibid Express – sailfish or tuna cooked ala Bicol Express.
Pinakong Hanit – alimango (mud-crab) cooked in coconut milk and a local fern.
Sushi Laing – bread filled with laing and served with its own dipping sauce.
Frozen Kapeng Mainit – blended coffee with frozen sili ice cream.
Sidetrip Travel Magazine, January-March 2011 issue
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