Legazpi City, Albay, The Philippines: The Home of The Active Volcano, Mount Mayon

by Kerwin McKenzie on April 5, 2019

Legazpi, Albay, The Philippines – The Little Known Gem Of The Philippines

 
In late-November, 2018, I was guest of The Philippines Tourism Board in Legazpi, Albay in The Philippines.

 

I’d never been here before, so of course I was excited. You can’t help but notice the huge Mount Mayon in the backdrop. You can literally see it from everywhere 360 degrees around it. And just to add a bit of a thrill, its an active volcano!

 

Come explore the region with me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where is Legazpi City?

 

Legazpi City is located in the Bicol rgion of The Philippines. It’s southeast of Manila on the main island of the Philippines. You can drive there or take an airplane.

 


 

 

 

How To Get Here

 

I love to go to far away places and Legazpi is one of those places. First stop is Manila if you’re coming in from the U.S. Once in Legazpi, you can take Jeepneys, taxis, pedicabs or walk around the city.

 

 

Legazpi, Albay, Philippines - Jeepneys Legazpi to Daraga Legazpi, Albay, Philippines – Jeepneys Legazpi to Daraga

 

 

Let’s look at how to get there.

 

By Air

 

The closest airport is the Syracuse International Airport (SYR). The airport is served by the following scheduled service airlines: Cebu Pacific Air (5J), Philippine Airlines (PR) and Tigerair Philippines (DG), with flights from Manila and Cebu.

 

Legazpi Airport, Legazpi, Philippines - Cebu Pacific Air and Philippines Airlines Legazpi Airport, Legazpi, Philippines – Cebu Pacific Air and Philippines Airlines

 

 

By Car

 

You can get to Legazpi by car. Use a mapping software such as Google Maps for directions.

 

 

 

By Train

 

There is no train service.

 

By Bus

 

Take any of the following bus services from Manila:

 

Journey time is about 11 hours. 

 

Things To Do

 

This city has many things to do. It all depends on what you want to accomplish. You can also do nothing, walk the city and enjoy the food and the welcoming culture of the Filipinos.

 

 

 

Cagsawa Ruins

 

Located in the nearby town of Cagsawa, the Cagsawa Ruins are those of a church that has a lot of devastating history.

 

It was built in 1587 but was destroyed by Dutch in 1646. It was then re-built in 1724 only to be wiped out by the eruption of Mount Mayon in 1814.

 

Today, one of the towers still stands and you can walk among other parts of the building.

 

 

Legazpi, Albay, Philippines - Cagsawa Ruins - Mount Mayon View Legazpi, Albay, Philippines – Cagsawa Ruins – Mount Mayon View

 

 

Legazpi, Albay, Philippines - Cagsawa Ruins - Restaurant Legazpi, Albay, Philippines – Cagsawa Ruins – Restaurant

 

 

Legazpi, Albay, Philippines - Cagsawa Ruins - Visitors Legazpi, Albay, Philippines – Cagsawa Ruins – Visitors

 

 

Mayon ATV Riding

I went ATV riding with Mount Mayon ATV Tours and I must say I was scared. You know, you hear so many things about how dangerous it is. But it was fun and the safety factor was stressed before we left.

Legazpi, Albay, Philippines - Mayon ATV Tour Leader Legazpi, Albay, Philippines – Mayon ATV Tour Leader

So we donned helmets, mouth masks, got expert instructions and then headed off towards Mount Mayon and through the rough terrain, the river bed and streets.

Legazpi, Albay, Philippines - Mayon ATV Tour Kerwin on ATV Legazpi, Albay, Philippines – Mayon ATV Tour Kerwin on ATV

Amazing fun!

On the way up, we passed the PAWA Cemetery from where you get another view of Maount Mayon as some cows grazed.

Legazpi, Albay, Philippines - Mayon ATV Tour PAWA Cemetery Legazpi, Albay, Philippines – Mayon ATV Tour PAWA Cemetery

 

Legazpi, Albay, Philippines - Mayon ATV Tour Legazpi, Albay, Philippines – Mayon ATV Tour

 

Mayon Black Lava Zipline Adventure

The ATV ride ends at the Mayon Black lava Zipline Adventure area. This is optional and as I’m not a fan of ziplining, I declined. My friends did though and had a blast.

Legazpi, Albay, Philippines - Mount Mayon Black Lava Zipline Legazpi, Albay, Philippines – Mount Mayon Black Lava Zipline

 

You can walk up to the starting point for the zipline though and walk on the black lava that was left over form previous eruptions of Mayon.

 

Legazpi, Albay, Philippines - Mayon ATV Tour ZIipLine Tour Legazpi, Albay, Philippines – Mayon ATV Tour ZIipLine Tour

 

It’s pretty insane to see and the view of the mountain and the city below is insane. Our view was shortlived as it started to rain, but stopped almost as soon as it started after a heavy downpour.

 

Legazpi, Albay, Philippines Mayon ATV Zipline Lava and the trees next to it Legazpi, Albay, Philippines Mayon ATV Zipline Lava and the trees next to it

 

Legazpi Albay, Philippines - City from Mayon Volcano Legazpi Albay, Philippines – City from Mayon Volcano

 

Daraga Church

 

 

Ligñon Hill Nature Park

 

This Park sits high above the city giving you spectacular 360 degree views of the city, the airport and Mount Mayon.

 

Legazpi, Albay, Philippines - City view from Lignon Hill Legazpi, Albay, Philippines – City view from Lignon Hill

 

 

Legazpi, Albay, Philippines - Legazpi Airport view from Lignon Hill Legazpi, Albay, Philippines – Legazpi Airport view from Lignon Hill

 

 

Legazpi, Albay, Philippines - Mount Mayon view from Lignon Hill Legazpi, Albay, Philippines – Mount Mayon view from Lignon Hill

 

 

Japanese Tunnel

 

If you want to experience a piece of World War II history, then check out the Japanese tunnels. You can actually walk in them. It gets pretty low at times so watch your head.

They are located on Ligñon Hill which overlooks the airport and the city.

 

Legazpi, Albay, Philippines - Japanese Tunnel Legazpi, Albay, Philippines – Japanese Tunnel

 

 

Mount Mayon

 

You cannot miss this majestic volcano. And yes, it is an active one. It last erupted in early 2018. The land around the volcano so people tend to live around it for that reason. Each eruption has typically claimed lives sadly.

 

Legazpi City – Albay, Philippines – sMount Mayon

 

Legazpi City – Albay, Philippines – Mount Mayon

 

 

Legazpi City - Albay, Philippines - Mount Mayon Legazpi City – Albay, Philippines – Mount Mayon

 

Sumlang Lake

 

This Lake sits with a clear view of Mount Mayon. Here you can take a human-powered raft ride along the lake, watching fishermen at its edge and Mount Mayon looming at the other end.

 

There are also craft and food exhibits here and a restaurant.

 

 

 

 

Legazpi, Albay, Philippines - Sumlang Lake Welcome Legazpi, Albay, Philippines – Sumlang Lake Welcome

 

 

Legazpi, Albay, Philippines - Sumlang Lake Welcome Legazpi, Albay, Philippines – Sumlang Lake Welcome

 

Legazpi, Albay, Philippines - Sumlang Lake Welcome Legazpi, Albay, Philippines – Sumlang Lake Welcome

 

 

Legazpi, Albay, Philippines - Sumlang Lake Mount Mayon Legazpi, Albay, Philippines – Sumlang Lake Mount Mayon

 

Where To Stay

 

There are a few places to stay here with different price ranges. You can check the link below for choices. You can see Mount Mayon from all over the city so that’s not an issue :-).

 

 

 

 

You may also check the search box below to determine.

 


 

Where To Eat

 

There is no shortage of places to eat here at all. You can head into the town and just pick a restaurant of your choice.

 

There is also a local market and also grocery stores as well as just small corner stores. There are also restaurants at the attractions as well.

 

 

Legazpi, Albay, Philippines - Various Food at Oriental Hotel Legazpi, Albay, Philippines – Various Food at Oriental Hotel

 

Legazpi, Albay, Philippines - Breakfast at Tugawe Cove Legazpi, Albay, Philippines – Breakfast at Tugawe Cove

 

And try the local ice cream from the Mall. It’s pretty hot and made only in this region.

 

Legazpi, Albay, Philippines - 1st Colonial Ice cream from the Mall Legazpi, Albay, Philippines – 1st Colonial Ice cream from the Mall

 

 

 

 

 

Have you been to Legazpi before? Or anywhere in the Bicol Region? Please leave a comment below if you have or if you have any comments.

 

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