Our quaint town of Ligao in Albay province is already on its 16th year of cityhood this 2017. The sunflower farm and topless hill nature park here are too enticing for tourists to miss. Discover these scenic spots when in Bicol region.
How to get there?
- By bus – buses bound for Bicol are mostly available at the new Araneta Bus Port terminal in Cubao, Quezon City. Some of the bus lines to choose from are Cagsawa, Alps or DLTB Co. Travel time could take 10-12 hours (depends on traffic) with 2 stopovers and fare ranges from Php 750 to 1,000+.
- By airplane – take a flight from Manila to Legazpi City which will only take an hour of travel. From the airport you have options to ride a taxi that can take you directly to Ligao (45mins travel time, Php 500 fare more or less) or ride a tricycle (Php 40) to take you to the UV Express van terminal where fare is only Php 60 per passenger.
TIP: Expect to get amazed by the view of majestic Mayon volcano as you land and get off the plane. Take a quick selfie as a souvenir. 😉
- By private car – go on a road trip and hit the south road on your own wheels.
What to see?
- Kawa-kawa Hill and Nature Park – popular tourist spot where you can take a 20-minute hike to the top and seize the view of vast green fields and Mayon volcano from afar. This place is flocked by tourists during Holy Week for the Way of the Cross – the stations are placed along the trail to the top.
- Sunflower farm – your hike to the top of the hill will be rewarded by this charming blooms. This spot is so IG worthy!
- St. Stephen Protomartyr Parish – located at the town center
- Padre Pio Chapel – located in Brgy. Culliat
- Divine Mercy Shrine – located in Kawa-kawa Hill and Nature Park
- The Nazarene – a family kept tradition shared with devotees who can catch the Nazarene during Holy Week and Feast day processions.
- Catburawan beach – virgin beachfront with clear, cool waters perfect for swimming during summer. Yep, that’s how to chill on a hammock. 😉
- Casa Basilisa Resort – this is one of the many pool resorts to choose from but this one offers a variety of room accommodations if you prefer to stay overnight.
Where to eat?
- Kuyang’s Restaurant – serves Filipino and local Bicolano dishes. Try the Szechuan Chicken, it’s so good!
- Graceland – servers Filipino and local Bicolano dishes plus plenty of pastries and cakes to choose from.
- La Terazza – located near Kawa-kawa hill, the popular dish here is the Pancit Sisig.
- Edsel Morato Pili Nuts (for pasalubong/goodies) – located in centro where you can find assorted pili nuts and a few native handicrafts you can take home.
- Berman Ice Cream – popular ice cream store since the 1950’s where you can also taste the chili flavor (coz we like it spicy) 😉
- Green Bamboo – serves assorted flavors of ice cream including chili 😀
- Other stores: Jollibee, 7-Eleven, Mang Inasal (Coming soon), LCC mart, Local bakeries and shops.
Where to stay?
- Ligao Bed and Breakfast – located in the town center
- Gulod Tourist Inn – near Kawa-kawa hill nature park
- David Hometel – near the town center
These are budget hotels and you can find additional info on accommodations from their pages/sites.
TIP: There are more hotel options in Legazpi city area where you can stay and then go for a full day tour in Ligao.
Ligao is one of the cities in Albay that offer unique places that’s budget friendly, relaxing, close to nature and where you’re sure to catch a view of the beautiful Mayon volcano. Dagos tabi kamo sa Ligao! (Come and visit Ligao) 🙂