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Travel Guide: Legazpi City, Albay

The first thing that comes to my mind when I think of Albay is the world’s Famous Mayon Volcano. Now Bicol’s pride is not just the Majestic Mayon Volcano. They take pride with their authentic spicy foods, new establishments and hotels offers good quality accommodations and entertainment. I was in Legazpi City last month and a guy was about to light his cigar but a local stopped and informed him that they are reinforcing the smoking ban in the City. Albay is implementing the anti smoking regulations. Good thing I didn’t light my Cigar too, if I did I will pay 500 pesos or render an 8 hour community service. It’ll definitely screw my Albay vacation. One thing I love in Albay is their people. Bicolanos are friendly and very accommodating. Albay truly offers exciting explorations and adventures and I can’t wait to visit Albay again.

The Majestic Mayon Volcano

How to get there:

By Air:
The fastest and most convenient to get to Albay is by Air. Fly to Legazpi at approximately 45 minutes via Cebu Pacific, Airphil Express or PAL.

By Land:
Take a bus from Manila – Legazpi via Bus ie Cagsawa, Dltb, Penafrancia etc. Travel time is approximately 9 Hours. You may also take a PNR train to Central Naga Station then ride a van to Legazpi City.

By Sea:
If you’re coming from Leyte or Cebu, WG & A and Trans Asia shipping lines has trips to Legazpi Via Masbate Port. Travel time from Cebu is approximately 12 hours and 15 hours from Leyte.

Things to do in Albay:
– Visit the world’s Famous Mayon Volcano in Cagsawa Ruins.

– Climb up Lignon Hill Nature Park to have a closer look of Mayon Volcano and enjoy activities like zip line.

– Enjoy Kart Racing and Zip line in Embarcadero de Legazpi.

– Visit St. Raphael and Daraga Church

– Experience Misibis Bay in Cargraray Albay.

– Try Spelunking in Hoyop- Hopyapan Cave and Calabidongan Cave in Camalig

– Skimboarding in the Volcanic and black Sand Beaches of Sto Domingo

– Take a break and have a cup of coffee at La Mia Coffee and Tea in Albay or Embarcadero or Java Barista in LCC.

– Have Ice cold drinks at Howlin’ at the moon or Bar 101 in Bicchara during the night.

– Experience watching movie at Bicchara Theater. Only if you have time and in the mood of watching.

– Explore white sandy virgin beaches of Bacacay, Rapu-Rapu and San Miguel

– Visit the Ohlala Paradise Spring Resort in Guinobatan

– Witness the Ibalong Festival during October and Magayon Festival during April.

– Buy plants and Flowers at Jardine de Legazpi along Washington Drive.

– Check out the Liberty Bell, Japanese Tunnel, Albay Park and Wildlife

– Visit Legazpi Bus Terminal, Albay Pili nut Canday and Orgullo Kan Bicol for Souvenirs.

Where to eat in Albay:
– Try the Infamous Biggs and Graceland.

– Check out the Tago tago Restaurant to experience authentic Bicol foods.

– Dine in at 7 degrees near Daraga Church and enjoy the Spectacular View of the Mayon Volcano.

– Eat all you can breakfast in Quick and hearty in Rizal Street.

– Lutong Macau and Mr. Crab along Albay

– Try Waway’s Restaurant and Peking House along Penaranda St.

– Run off to Gaisano, Lcc Mall to check out some local and foreign fastfoods.

– Try Lana’s Halo Halo near Legazpi Market.

Halo Halo and Palabok @ Graceland. 🙂

Where to stay in Albay:
– Depending on your budget, Albay offers different kinds of accommodations. I recommend Sampaguita Tourist Inn for Backpackers. You may also check other Hotels like “The Oriental Legazpi, Casablanca Suites, La Piaza Hotel and Convention Center, Neuhaus Inn, Twilight Zone Hotel, Legazpi Tourist Inn, Tyche Boutique Hotel, Ellis Ecotel, Pinehurst Suites.

Piece of Advice:
– Check the weather Forecast before going to Cagsawa Ruins. Best time to visit Mayon is by 8am – 9 am. Wake up early to see Mayon at its best ‘cause most of the time she’s covered with clouds or she’s just typically shy.

– When visiting Oh lala Paradise Spring Resort, make sure to bring your food and beverage, there are no restaurants in the resort.

– I love Biggs’ baby back ribs and Graceland’s Halo Halo. You may try it out too.

– 7 Degrees Restaurant is romantic during the night. Beers are available too.

– If you’re on a tight budget check in to Sampaguita Tourist Inn. If you see the Warning: This building is a “fire” hazard. Don’t panic! I’ve stayed there a couple of times and nothing hazardous happened to me. None so far. 😛 *knock on the wood*

– I also love the Baby back ribs of Family Kitchenette. They used to have a stall in Gaisano Food Court but you can still visit they’re old resto at Bonot, Legazpi.

– If you want to surprise your loved ones by being thoughtful and sweet. Get a bouquet of roses or any flowers of your choice at Jardine de Legazpi. For discounts, message me, Maybe I can help.

– Lost? Ask the locals. They know better.

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  • Very nice itinerary! Considering Albay this year! 😀

    • Riz

      Thanks Maui! Include Albay in your bucket list. 🙂

  • donnatequila

    That Magayon Festival is this April??? Let’s go!!!! 🙂

    • Riz

      Yeah! April 1-30! 🙂 I’ll wait for my NBI Clearance and then I’ll visit you there!! Can’t wait! 🙂

  • Wow! I really have to visit Mt. Mayon…tagabicol ako but havent been there…nakakahiya! Hehehehe! Nice post Riz!

    • Riz

      Really taga Bicol ka pla.I’m not from Bicol but I often go to Legazpi. You must Visit Mayon and hope to see you on the road padi! 🙂

  • nel de leon

    Spent my Holy Weekend here. Awesome Legazpi City!

    • Riz

      Nice! 🙂 I super love Bicol! Hope you had a great holy week. 🙂

  • The sight of Mayon Volcano makes me feel proud every time I go home to Bicol. That’s a lovely shot you got, Riz, walang nakatakip na clouds. 🙂

    • Riz

      Thanks Tita. Bicolana ka palan! 🙂 I often go to Bicol at natuto na q ng language nyo. sarap sa bicol! 🙂

  • Earl

    Wow! You’re very lucky to catch the full view of Mayon at the Cagsawa Ruins. We were not as lucky when we visited that place but we did have a great time though. : )

  • melody macaraig

    In 2007 we visit phil.all i hear is u must go to boracay,we did.but after watching Kris Reali TV in pilipino channel june 20th 2012,she is in Legaspi Albay at Misibis Bay.I’m very impressed.it’s like a hidden paradise.Misibis bay ur #1 on my bucket list.

  • mciti suites cebu

    I miss Bicol. I had a good gobble of Bicolandia food – Pinangat at Kinunot! Will try out Graceland’s halo2x one of these days. Hoping to be back there.

  • Karen

    hello.. sa may legazpi bus terminal ba, may nagaalok na ng mga accomodation at tours? mga magkano kaya yung range pag tour lang? THANKS!

    • Riz

      Hi! I suggest DIY trip to bicol instead. Accessible nmn ung mga tourist spots dun at mas makakamura ka pa pag DIY trip. Unless for misibis you need to contact them to book for accomodation. 🙂

      • Karen

        Relly? may package tour kasi akong nakita good for 2pax..Php 4900 per pax …

        INCLUSIONS:
        Round trip airport-Balay Dela Rama-airport transfers
        2 Nights accommodations at Balay Dela Rama
        Whole Day Albay Tour around these destinations: Daraga Church, Cagsawa Ruins Park, Mayon Skyline, Tiwi Ceramics Plant, Tiwi Original DJC Halo-Halo, Tabaco Cutlery, Busay Falls, Sto. Domingo black sand beach, Padang Monument, Ligñon Hill, Japanese Tunnel, Embarcadero de Legazpi, and Legazpi Boulevard. You may also have the option to drop by Colonial Grill for lunch and try its sili ice cream.
        2-3 hour ATV Ride to and from Mayon Lava Bed
        Round trip transfers to and from Mayon Lava Bed
        Driver and fuel in all tours
        Daily breakfast

        please tell me naman kung mura ung total of Php 9800 for 2pax? or DIY parin tlg?
        Thank you so much! 🙂

        • Riz

          For me po nakakasave aq sa DIY trip and more time to explore na nde nagmamadali. Pro kng convenient po ung gsto nyo pede na rin po yan. Dpende po sa gsto nyo. Mura lg din nmn po gumala sa bicol and most ng tourist spots ay free except for outdoor activities. 🙂

  • Karen

    THANK YOU SO MUCH! You help alot! 🙂

    • Riz

      No prob. Happy trip! 😉

  • NEF Serolf

    I wanna be there…………

  • itravelyouread

    hi! where can you taste the best bicol express/ food in legazpi? any other food that i shouldnt miss when im there? thanks 🙂

    • Riz

      Hi Melanie! I tried Graceland’s Bicol Express and it was good! Don’t miss Colonial Grill’s Sili Ice Cream. If you are craving for pinangat, you can check out Let’s special Pinangat or lutong bahay in Camalig. Enjoy Bicol! 🙂

      • itravelyouread

        Thank you for the information! We will be going there next week and hopefully I could try out everything. 🙂

  • Jan Ashlee

    Thank you for this post. I will be visiting Calaguas then will head to Legazpi City next week and you just got me really excited! keep blogging! hope we could exchange links!:)

    Jan Ashlee,

    • Riz

      I’m sure Calaguas wont fail you. Have a safe and happy trip! Sure, I added you on my blogroll already. Thanks! 🙂

      Enjoying traveling! 🙂

  • Boracay Accommodations

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  • Oscar

    Hi everyone.. ill be travelling to Legazpi tomorrow, road trip 🙂 any suggestions where to hang out at night for some drinks and nice view? travelling alone and will be there for 3 days 2 nyts. help pls…