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Top 8 Travel and Food Destinations in Albay, Philippines
A Historic Travel Destination - Albay
raveling is one of the awesome pleasures in life. It enables a person to freely learn new things and have a piece of adventure at the same time. You won't need to just imagine as you read on people, culture and history of various places or countries because traveling lets you experience them by yourself! You will no longer just see the magnificent landmarks, let's say Eiffel Tower, in the photos of websites or magazines. You will be able to gaze upon them up close, and perhaps land a touch on it.
Now, probably you are thinking of visiting Philippines or specifically the province of Albay as your next destination, which maybe why you stumbled upon this article. Well, fret not. You came to the right place to know more about this amazing place particularly the 8 places worth visiting!
Home of the "Perfect" Cone-Shaped Volcano
Have you heard about the Perfect cone-shaped volcano that goes by the name "Mt. Mayon"? Well, you should have because it is something historical, and of course famous its shape. Although it still hasn't made it to the 7 Wonders of the World, it got nominated several times already!
Anyway, let me start sharing with you Top 8 Places You Should Visit here in Albay, Philippines. Ideally, visiting them all will be fun and adventurous, but doing so may entail higher travel cost (especially Misibis Bay which you will learn more about later).
Albay, Philippines in a Glance
There are a lot to discover in Albay, Philippines such as sights to behold and food to explore! Here's an interesting clip to watch for you to have more inkling about this awesome place!
Travel Companion Books
If in case you are the type of person who enjoys reading a travel companion, you may want to check the stuff below.
If you want to explore more about the Philippines other than Albay, Bicol, you may want to have this with you!
Other than the beautiful places, Philippines also offer great and unique local dishes! Find out more about them in this book!
Food Trip Worthy Places
Let me share with you the four food stop highlights in Albay, Philippines!
#8 The Small Talk Restaurant
Finally, your quest for a local Bicol cuisine may be fulfilled here in Small Talk. It serves dishes that you will not commonly find elsewhere in the Philippines even in its capital, Manila. Such dishes include the Pizzettes with 4 Bicolano Dips, the Bicol Express Pasta, Pili Basil Pasta and more!
To provide you with more knowledge about what Small Talk can offer, let me share with you the photos of what we had during our visit.
Dishes in Small Talk RestaurantClick thumbnail to view full-size
#7 Albay Pilinut Food Souvenir Shop
Alright! Now upon visiting Albay, it will not sound great if you will return back home empty-handed, right? But don’t you worry. There’s a famous one-stop shop in Albay that offers exciting food souvenirs!
Albay is very popular for two main things when it comes to food. The first one is the Pili nuts, and the second one is the Pinangat (a spicy vegetable dish or add-on drenched in coconut milk). Fortunately, both of these are available here in Albay Pilinut Food Souvenir Shop!
#6 DJC and its Special Halo-Halo
Halo-Halo is a traditional Filipino dessert favorite! Being in a tropical country, Filipinos love to have something cold, and since most of us have sweet tooth, the Halo-Halo came into existence!
Although other countries have their own version of a Halo-Halo, Philippines offer something distinct because of the ingredients included in the dessert. The basic ones are crushed ice, condensed milk, leche flan, macapuno and saba. Since Filipinos love to innovate on this dessert, several variations arose and may include pinipig, ube, ice cream, sago, gulaman and cheese among others.
Here in Albay, Philippines, particularly in Legazpi, there is one place very known for a special Halo-Halo! It goes by the name DJC. Here in this humble restaurant, you will meet a playfully rich Halo-Halo that will really make the moment highly memorable. You should really try this out!
#5 The First Colonial Grill Restaurant - Home of the Sili (Chili Pepper) Ice Cream!
Why visit this place?
If you are looking for something extra unique when you travel here in Albay, you should not let the opportunity slip away by not dining here in the First Colonial Grill. Aside from the Filipino cuisine dishes, you will find the unusual ice cream flavor of Chili Pepper or "Sili" here in this restaurant.
Ask the locals, and they will verify this one. Plus, the ice cream was already featured in a show in a local channel here in the Philippines. Hence, you should really check this out!
Sights to Behold
Here are the four highlights for places you should definitely see!
#4 Lignon Hill - One Stop where you can do a lot!
In case you are traveling in Albay for just a short stop, I suggest that you include Lignon Hill in your itinerary, because you will achieve a lot of things already when you visit this place.
Seeing the Mt. Mayon
Although the Mt. Mayon is visible almost everywhere in Albay, Lignon Hill just gives you a nice spot to be bewildered by the charm of the volcano.
Activities to Enjoy
If you are in for some adventurous activities, look no more because Lignon Hill will be there to help you out. You may enjoy some ATV ride, rappelling and ziplining to name a few.
#3 Cagsawa Ruins - The remnants of a buried church
Now here is something interesting - the Cagsawa Ruins! In this place was once a huge church; however, due to the ravages of the volcano, the church got buried under a lava. Hence, the only thing that remained was the topmost portion of the church which includes the upper part of the bell tower.
This is already a certified tourist spot location because of the magnificent scenery and of course the historical significance of the ruins. Oh, in Cagsawa Ruins, you will also get a nice view of the Mt. Mayon.
#2 The Misibis Bay Resort - An exclusive place to stay
Just in case you are looking for something exclusive, you may want to choose Misibis Bay as your destination. It is a 2 to 3 hour ride away from the airport, but everything will be worth it because of the fine development of the place.
Some of the highlights you will find interesting in the resort are the bay side itself (i.e. the beach), the refreshing pools, the water sport activities and of course the cozy rooms!
More about Misibis Bay Resort
If you are curious about the place, why not check more about it here? Just be sure to return back here to complete the list.
- Resort Overview and Activities You Can Do In Misibs Bay
This article shows to you beautiful photos of the place to give you an idea of how it is to be there. Plus, it provides information on activities you can do there in the resort.
#1 The Mayon Volcano
Last but definitely not the least is the Mayon Volcano itself. Depending on the activity level of the volcano, tourists may get as close to the lava front of the volcano. This will give you a really jaw-dropping view of the volcano itself. Plus, you will enjoy the adventure of some hiking and climbing.
However, what you need to note is that you can only reach the lava front by riding an ATV. Well, I think this is not a bad thing because the ATV ride there is definitely something to remember!
There you go! I hope you enjoyed reading through the Top 5 destinations in Albay, Philippines!
Expanded Legazpi, Albay Travel Guide
If you want to read more about Albay and the places you can stop by for amazing sights, activities and dishes, you may want to check out the blog indicated below!
- A Not-So-Popular Kid - Albay, Bicol Travel Guide
Here's an expanded version of the places to visit for magnificent sights and mouthwatering local dishes!
Well, what do you think of the places? Share your thoughts away by commenting below!