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This charming place has been nicknamed the City of Crystal Springs for having more than 30 natural springs scattered around the city. No wonder why it’s also the go-to destination for some of the best spring resorts in the area.
Iriga is located approximately 33 kilometers from Camarines Sur’s capital Naga, making it a perfect side trip for those looking for a bit of peace and quiet, especially for nature lovers who want to take a break and reconnect with nature.
Famous for its natural wonders, Iriga City is home to the majestic Mount Iriga and Lake Buhi, which should definitely be on your travel itinerary when visiting the city.
The nearest airport is Naga Airport that is serviced by PAL Express with flights to Manila and Clark.
Iriga City and Camarines Sur as a whole are not readily accessible via ferries.
The Philippine National Railway’s Bicol Line services the region on a daily basis, and Philippine Transport Company also maintains a terminal in the city.
Buses from Manila run on a daily basis as well with sleeper bus options available as well for those who prefer to travel in relative comfort.
Iriga City is serviced by your standard local transportation options including taxis, buses, jeepneys, and tricycles.
The city’s impressive skyline is dominated by Mount Iriga, also known as Mount Asog. This active volcano is one of the best-known natural attractions in Iriga and is also famous for its phreatic explosions.
Sitting in the shadow of Mount Iriga is the serene Lake Buhi that was created in 1641 when an earthquake caused a side of Mount Iriga to slide off and create a natural dam. Lake Buhi measures a total of a whopping 18 square kilometers and has an average depth of 8 meters.
A trip to the beautiful 18th century St. Anthony de Padua Parish is definitely not to be missed as well.
For the outdoorsy types, a day spent hiking Mount Iriga should not be passed up. Wonder at the breathtaking vistas from one of the mountain’s multiple peaks snap a couple photos that are definitely Instagram worthy. Should you not be up for a long hike, Ilian Hill located at the bottom of Mount Iriga also provides a panoramic view of Iriga City, and Lakes Baao and Bato.
Of course, a trip to Iriga wouldn’t be complete without a relaxing visit to one of the many hot spring resorts. Feel your troubles fade away in the warm mineral-rich waters and leave reinvigorated and ready to face another day.
If you want to experience the colorful local culture then you can’t miss the Tinagba Festival in February that celebrates the abundant local harvest and the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. The festival features Carabao-drawn and motorized floats that feature the best of the region’s products, and ends at Emerald Grotto at the top of Calvary Hill.
Café Felicidad in the Iriga Plaza Hotel serves up consistently good food with a wide selection of local and international dishes. Mayees Chinese Restaurant is another local favorite that you can’t go wrong with.
If you’re on the lookout to sample the local cuisine, a trip down to MCM Restaurant is the way to go and is sure not to let you down.
Iriga City is a bit of a sleepy town and is definitely more of a place to visit for travelers seeking a quiet escape. There are a number of restaurant cum bars that you can visit for an evening drink but Desny Grill Bar Resto and Café stands out as the top choice for a livelier atmosphere.
While it is quite accurate to say that you won’t be spoilt for choice in this regard, the Iriga Plaza Hotel is centrally located and features colonial era-inspired architecture. It’s definitely the hotel of choice should you wish to stay in the heart of the city and closer to the transport links.
If you’re after a more relaxing stay then Lake Buhi Resort, located right on the lake in the shadow of the Mount Iriga, is the place for you. Transportation to the resort can be arranged via private transfer from within the city proper, or via a direct booking with the resort.