With over 7000 islands, the Philippines is an incredible beach destination with clear waters and unique coral reefs. This country in the Western Pacific further excites travellers with its brilliant golfing destinations, vibrant festivals and an exciting range of water sports offered across its wonderful cities.
Take a look at some of the most interesting destinations in the Philippines:
Manila, the capital of the Philippines is a major tourist attraction reflecting the rich culture and heritage of the country. With plenty of architectural gems, churches, huge malls, bustling markets and vibrant nightlife, the city presents a memorable holiday experience for the travellers. Rizal Park, Intramuros, Fort Santiago, Manila Ocean Park and Manila Cathedral are some of the major attractions here. Besides, enjoying an evening stroll at the Manila Bay and exploring the house museum of Casa Manila are some of other major exciting experiences the city offers.
Called “The City of Smiles” due to the famous MassKara festival held here, Bacolod is one of the gateways to the Negros Island. With a terrific range of white sand beaches, dining spots, historical sites and trekking adventures, it is an ideal holiday destination. Besides the world-famous festival, the city is best known for Chicken Inasal, one of the iconic chicken dishes here, and has terrific resorts and recreational centres.
Cebu is a densely-populated province in the Philippines, offering delightful holiday experiences across its main island and 167 surrounding islands and islets. With its prominent historical sites such as the Basilica Minore del Santo Nino Church and triangular Fort San Pedro, the region reflects the 16-century Spanish colonial past of the country. Sky Experience Adventure, an amusement complex here, is an ideal place for families to enjoy thrilling adventures whereas Cathedral Museum of Cebu is where tourists can learn about the Cebu culture. Besides, Cebu Taoist Temple, Tops Lookout and Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House are some other major attractions of the province.
Famed as the Summer Capital of the Philippines, Baguio is a city in the middle of the island of Luzon. It is where thousands of visitors choose to visit every year, especially during the month of February when the famous Panagbenga Festival is celebrated. This mountain town is also known as the “City of Pines” due to its location amidst tropical pine forest. Some of the major tourist attractions of the city include Bridal Veil Falls, Lion’s Head, Mt. Pulag National Park and Baguio City Market.
Loved for its picturesque beauty, Davao is a highly urbanized city in the island of Mindanao impressing tourists from far and wide. Home to Mount Apo, the Philippines’ tallest mountain, the city enjoys a tropical climate and receives plenty of rainfall throughout the year. While Davao appeals with its delicious food and warm and hospital people, the city also has a population of indigenous crocodiles, which can be spotted at the Crocodile Park. Moreover, Museo Dabawenyo, D’ Bone Collector Museum, the People’s Park and the Philippine Eagle Centre are some of the other interesting places to explore here.