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Legazpi City in the province of Albay is the perfect spot to view the majestic Mayon Volcano. In addition to that, it is also a hub for natural wonders, delicious cuisines, colorful festivals, and beautiful and warm people. It’s a good place to walk around in and capture stunning views and scenes if you have a good camera.
Most people go to Legazpi City to see the perfect cone-shaped Mayon Volcano but this City of Fun and Adventure offers more than just what satisfies the eyes. Exploring the capital city of Albay province and the biggest city of the Bicol region always turns out to be a treat for all your senses.
The fastest way to arrive in the city is by air. Daily trips of local airlines from Manila to the Legazpi Airport usually takes one hour. There are also flights from Cebu to Legazpi City. The airport is also open for international chartered flights.
The port of Legazpi receives regular passenger trips from Sorsogon City and the municipality of Lapu-Lapu.
From Metro Manila, there are direct bus trips to Legazpi City, or you can ride buses going to Sorsogon, Visayas or Mindanao which stop at Legazpi City. Trips will last 10-12 hours. Buses and jeepneys from neighboring provinces also have regular trips to the city. The Philippine National Railway (PNR) maintains a commuter rail service between Legazpi City and Naga City. You can also take a long drive on your car through South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), take the Sto. Tomas exit, then drive along Maharlika Highway.
Within the city, you can travel around by jeepney, tricycle, taxi and pedicabs (bicycles with sidecars). You can also fancy using your phone’s GPS and map application and walk around the city.
The nearly-perfect cone of Mayon Volcano is impossible to miss when you visit this city. A short trip towards the Cagsawa Ruins site will reward you with iconic postcard-staple pictures of you with the Philippine’s most active volcano in the background.
For a picturesque view of the sea and the monuments of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi and the JCI Tourism Marker, you can rent a bike or opt to walk along the Legazpi Boulevard.
There are also a lot of historical landmark, old churches, parks and monuments to visit within the city.
Ride an ATV going up Mayon Volcano if conditions in and around the volcano permits it. Or you could try the zipline at Lignon Hill with Mayon as the backdrop.
Get to know the city more by take a historical tour starting from a visit at the Legazpi City Museum, the Japanese Tunnel and the Albay Gulf Landing Monument; or by joining their celebration of Ibalong Festival or other festivals.
Bicolano cuisine is characterized by its use of coconut milk and chili. Do not leave Legazpi City without trying Bicol express, Laing, Binut-ong, and Pinangat. Their sweets are also worth trying. If you are feeling adventurous, have a bowl of chili-flavored ice cream. Grab some pili tarts and nuts before leaving the city.
There are a lot of restaurants in Legazpi City offering various cuisines but if you want to have a taste of authentic Bicolano cuisine, Waway’s Restaurant, is probably the most famous place to go. 1st Colonial Grill will offer you a lot of choices on their menu, but they are famous for their sili ice cream. You should also dine at Caffe San Marco, Pares King and Red Cheese Pizza.
One evening in Legazpi City must be spent at The Oriental Legazpi for a mesmerizing view of the cityscape, the Albay Gulf and Mayon Volcano. You can also hang out at South Road Bar or at Vintage Garage Bar.
Whatever budget you have prepared for your accommodation, there is a place for you to stay in Legazpi City. Splurge in fancy hotels like The Oriental Legazpi and Hotel St. Ellis. Try Alicia Hotel or Casablanca Hotel if you are on a budget. You may also enjoy staying at the apartelles, inns and lodging houses, which are abundant in the city.
Always bring an umbrella for no matter what month of the year it is, it rains in Legazpi City. Or just be ready to get wet and enjoy the rain.
Bring cash. A lot of good places do not accept yet credit cards. There are a decent number of ATM’s in the city so withdrawing is not hard.
When traveling on your own car, remember to stop every four hours to keep your car, especially your tires in good condition to finish the trip and back.
Try to learn some Bicolano words. Use them when speaking to locals and be surprised by their warmth and friendliness, and by the discounts you might get.