Tagaytay City, Amazing Tourists Attraction In The Philippines

Picnic Grove in Tagaytay City  overlooking Taal Volcano at Taal Lake, Philippines
Picnic Grove in Tagaytay City overlooking Taal Volcano at Taal Lake, Philippines | Source

Tagaytay City


Tagaytay City is an amazing tourists attraction in the Philippines. It is located in the province of Cavite. It is popular not only for the locals but also for the tourists who are travelling to the Philippines. Tagaytay City has a beautiful scenery overlooking Taal Volcano, one of the active volcanoes in the Philippines. It is located in the middle of Taal Lake which is a part of Batangas.

Tagaytay City has a cool climate specially on the highlands of Tagaytay. Some parts of the city are surrounded by hills and mountains with its beautifully restored natural resources. Tourism is their main industry as there are a lot of tourists who love to see Taal Volcano.


KLM at Schiphol Airport Amsterdam, The Netherlands bound for Manila Philippines.
KLM at Schiphol Airport Amsterdam, The Netherlands bound for Manila Philippines. | Source

Flying To Manila With KLM


When I started my travel to my home country Philippines, I did not know or plan to visit Tagaytay. I flew with KLM from Düsseldorf, Germany to Schiphol Amsterdam Airport, Netherlands for 30 minutes where I had my connecting flight to Manila via Taipei, Taiwan. I had the same flight with my sister and her family that´s why I flew to Schiphol instead of flying direct to Manila from Germany.

Our flight took 14 hours and 30 minutes to Manila International Airport, excluded our almost one hour stay in Taipei Airport where we had to go down from the plane. We, the passengers were ushered to go to the check -in again ( we had done the same procedure in Schiphol airport) with our hand carry luggages that we had to bring with us from the plane. Laptop out of my bag, shoes off, belt off the trousers, etc....Some of the passengers who had bought nippers and some sharp manicure sets in Schiphol duty free shops had to surrender their things which they have not used yet, to the controller. They were of course angry.

For me, it was bullocks. Why did we have to be checked-in again when in fact it was already done in Schiphol airport where we started our long flight. Why didn´t we just have to be in a transit room where we could relax and wait for the cleaners to finish their job, who were tidying the plane and the tanks filled with kerosene?

After we were controlled, we had to pass through a long duty free shops with luxurious branded products for sale before we arrived at our boarding gate. Do you think we had the feeling to go shopping after our 12 1/2 hours flight to Taipei? No! Not at all.


Map of the Philippines

show route and directions
A markerManila International Airport -
Flughafen Manila (MNL), Airport Rd, Pasay City, Philippinen
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Start of a car drive to Tagaytay City, Cavite Province.

B markerTagaytay City, Cavite Province -
Tagaytay City, Philippinen
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Tagaytay City is one of the tourists attractions in the Philippines.

C markerTaal Volcano -
Taal Volcano, Philippinen
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Taal Volcano at Taal Lake is one of the active volcanoes in the Philippines.

The active Taal Volcano at Taal Lake, seen from Tagaytay City, Philippines.
The active Taal Volcano at Taal Lake, seen from Tagaytay City, Philippines. | Source

How To Go To Tagaytay


Our first day in Manila was to visit our childhood friend in Cavite whom we had not seen for too long. This friend and her daughter brought us to Tagaytay to show us the most visited scenic view in their province. It was awesome! The first time I have come near to an active volcano. Terrific!

When you travel from abroad and land in Manila International Airport, just take your time and rest for a while until the next day, specially if you have jet lag and you´ll still have to acclimatize with the hot and humid weather and the chaos in Manilas´ traffic. When you are staying in a hotel who has a travel agency, you can rent a car from them or they will arrange something for your trip to Tagaytay.

From Manila, it will take more or less 2 hours to drive by car or by taxi to Tagaytay. It depends on the traffic jam you are in. You can also go to Tagaytay by bus if you want to but it will take more time than renting a car. As a tourist, I´ll prefer to rent a car with a driver. Driving in Manila is very dangerous if you are not used to Filipino ways of driving.

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Picnic Grove Tagaytay CityThe scenic view of Taal Lake from Tagaytay City.The scenic view of Taal Lake from Tagaytay CityScenic view of Taal Volcano at Taal Lake from Tagaytay City.
Picnic Grove Tagaytay City
Picnic Grove Tagaytay City | Source
The scenic view of Taal Lake from Tagaytay City.
The scenic view of Taal Lake from Tagaytay City. | Source
The scenic view of Taal Lake from Tagaytay City
The scenic view of Taal Lake from Tagaytay City | Source
Scenic view of Taal Volcano at Taal Lake from Tagaytay City.
Scenic view of Taal Volcano at Taal Lake from Tagaytay City. | Source

Natures Beauty


  • Taal Lake is located in Batangas Province. It is where Taal Volcano is located. It´s a fresh water lake where the fishermen love to catch their fish.
  • Taal Volcano is one of active volcanoes in the Philippines. From Tagaytay ridge, you can see the awesome natural beauty of this volcano. It is around 55 kilometers far from Manila city. It has erupted in 1977 and since then, it is said to be unrest. I just hope that it will never explode again.


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Pancake House and Chic Boy Restaurant overlooking the scenic view of Taal Volcano at Taal Lake.Souveniers shop in Tagaytay.Souveneirs shops in Tagaytay.
Pancake House and Chic Boy Restaurant overlooking the scenic view of Taal Volcano at Taal Lake.
Pancake House and Chic Boy Restaurant overlooking the scenic view of Taal Volcano at Taal Lake. | Source
Souveniers shop in Tagaytay.
Souveniers shop in Tagaytay. | Source
Souveneirs shops in Tagaytay.
Souveneirs shops in Tagaytay. | Source
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Eco Adventure TrailThe Hanging Bridge at Eco Adventure TrailWild flowers at Eco Adventure TrailZipline and Cable Car AdvertisementZipline, from the view point.Taal Lake and Taal Volcano from the view point.The Hanging Bridge from a lower view point.Fish Spa Advertisement
Eco Adventure Trail
Eco Adventure Trail | Source
The Hanging Bridge at Eco Adventure Trail
The Hanging Bridge at Eco Adventure Trail | Source
Wild flowers at Eco Adventure Trail
Wild flowers at Eco Adventure Trail | Source
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Zipline and Cable Car Advertisement | Source
Zipline, from the view point.
Zipline, from the view point. | Source
Taal Lake and Taal Volcano from the view point.
Taal Lake and Taal Volcano from the view point. | Source
The Hanging Bridge from a lower view point.
The Hanging Bridge from a lower view point. | Source
Fish Spa Advertisement
Fish Spa Advertisement | Source

What To See And Do In Tagaytay


  1. Sightseeing before or after dining at one of the restaurants like Pancake House or Chic Boy. There´s a view point behind the restaurants overlooking Taal Volcano at Taal Lake with lots of parked boats and the hills and the mountains of Tagaytay.
  2. Strolling with your good walking shoes around the Picnic Grove where you can have your picnic with your family or friends and enjoy horseback riding.
  3. Eco Adventure Trail starts at the Picnic Grove. Strolling down the stairs where you can every now and then take a view of Taal Lake and continue strolling on a wooden hanging bridge. Left and right sides of the bridge are tropical plants and wild flowers. From the bridge you can see a person hanging on a Zipline from the start to the finishing line.
  4. Zipline and Cable Car is one of the fun things you can do when you are not afraid of the heights. An adventure for the youths I would say.
  5. Or you can enjoy Fish Spa and Fish Pedicure. Dr. Fish Garra Rufa, a kind of fish which eats the dry skins of your feet by nibbling, licking and sucking. It´s a kind of exfoliation to your dry skin on your feet. Of course, there are more than 2 Garra Rufa fishes enjoying their meals.
  6. And The Highlands is the coolest place in Tagaytay. You have to be a member of this exclusive resort or a friend of a member to enter this place.


Our visit to Tagaytay City is a time to remember. It was a day full of memories as we don´t know for now when we will be meeting again with our childhood friend and her family. Maybe we see each other again when we are both grandmothers. I was just thinking who will be the first to be a granny. We´ll see. The future lies ahead of us and I hope we´ll still be healthy then.


Thanks for reading my article and please leave a comment.

Source: Wikipedia

© 2012 Thelma Alberts

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Comments 23 comments

Lothar Alberts 4 years ago

There are Highlands at Tagaytay?Cooler place?Members only.Sayang.How much is the membership?All in all,looks a nice place!


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Thank you diyomarpandan for your comment. I appreciate that. Yes, you can insert a map capsule to your hub. Have a good night!


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Yes, there are highlands at Tagaytay and cooler than Manila or our place. Members only and I don´t know how much. I have to google first. It´s a nice place to live for those who have millions on their bank account. Thanks for commenting. See you soon;-)))


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

I understand you're frustration when travelling long distances.

When I went to London I bought some hand made jam and totally forgot all about not taking any liquid type of thing through security. I couldn't understand why I was a bag short and the English woman sitting high in a cubicle yelled it's got liquid in it. So I said bye bye to the hand made jam, Joyce.


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Mama Kim 8 4 years ago

What a beautiful city! You could write tourists books ^_^ this was absolutely perfect. If I ever get to travel to the Philippines I'll want to do everything you mentioned! Voted up, useful and beautiful!!


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Great photos, Thelma, as always and an intriguing visit to Tagaytay City. I know firsthand how annoying that second airport check-in is in Taipei. Been there, done that.


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Hi Joyce! Yes, it´s sometimes annoying travelling long distances but it´s always worth the trouble. It was a pity to give up the hand made jam. It was safe when you have put it inside your check-in luggage. I used to carry a big bottle of cherry liqour with me in my handcarry luggage years ago, for my black forrest cake but now only the small bottles ( 2 pieces) carefully wrapped in hand towels, inside my check-in luggage.. Thanks for your visit.


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Hi Mama Kim 8! Thank you for your comment. I appreciate that. It´s a great idea to write tourists books. I might, lol! Thanks again;-)


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Thank you drbj for stopping by . Your comment is highly appeciated. Take care and have a good day;-)


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

Wow! Tagaytay City, looks like paradise. Love your guiding tips. Love those pics, and the lay out of the hub. You showed so much of Philipinnes in this one. Salamat!


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Lightshare 4 years ago

Thank yu very much Thelma for a great information and beautiful pictures -)


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

Hello Thelma, I have always wanted to know more about Philippines. I have some friends there, and hope to visit them someday. Thanks for this comprehensive article.

Cheers


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Hi Lord! Yep, it looks like paradise. Pity I don´t live there but I will be writing more about Philippines beauty spots as I´m here for a few months time. Thanks for your comment. I appreciate that.


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

You welcome Lightshare. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day!


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Thank you Vinaya for your visit. Please do visit, the Philippines and your friends. I´m sure you will enjoy your vacation there. There are lots of beauty spots in my country where you can relax and maybe find an idea for writing. Good day to you!


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi Thelma, the second check-in thing seems ridiculous and frustrating!

Tagatay looks a fabulous place to visit, loved your photos and descriptions.

Thank you and voted up.

Best wishes Lesley


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Hi Lesley! Yes, the second check-in thing was ridiculous. Tagaytay is really a beautiful place to visit. Thanks for stopping by. Take care.


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Bastinck 4 years ago from The Netherlands

Hi Thel, a wonderful article as always. Yes Tagaytay was a very nice place to visit, we were lucky that there was cloud cover or we would've been burned. When we go to the PHP again I think I will go there again.


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Thank you Bas for your comment. Yes, we were and always be lucky. Next time we´ll go to Tagaytay highlands with L. and of course your family. Regards and keep writing;-)


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

How truly beautiful Thelma ;thank you so much for sharing .

Have a great day.

Eddy.


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Your welcome Eddy. It´s always a pleasure to have you as my reader. Thank you. Take care;-)


Clodomiro Giraud ∆r. 4 years ago

Hi,

To all my Philippine friends I went to Cavite City for vacation, and I fill in love with the country, I met my Frances and she in coming to join me here in beautiful California US. If God is willing, I been thinking in buying a vacation home in tagatay, MY Web-Site www.ClodomiroGiraud.com, or if you like you can Google Author

Clodomiro Giraud.jr. here the wishing all the Philippinos best that life has to offer


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Thanks Clodomiro for your visit. I´m glad you like the Philippines and you found your love one there. I wish you both good luck and happy companionship in the near future. Have a great week!

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