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The top 8 beautiful towns in the Philippines

Situated in Southeast Asia, the Philippines is an archipelagic country which was named after King Philip ll of Spain. It is known for its idyllic beaches, beautiful climate, and diverse landscapes. It consists of more than 7000 islands which makes it the second-largest archipelago in the world. Manila, the capital of the Philippines sits on the Luzon island, is a densely populated bayside city. With no doubt, Filipinos are the biggest asset for the country. They are known for their kind-hearted hospitable nature who are very helpful and will make you feel home. Want to take a trip to be lost with nature and its beauty? You made the right choice, as the Philippines is just the place for it. Have a look at the top 8 beautiful towns in the Philippines. 

Top 8 beautiful towns in the Philippines

1. Daraga

Officially, the Municipality of Daraga is an attractive market town situated in Southeast Luzon. Daraga sits in the shadow of Mount Mayon, with Daraga church sitting on a hill, overlooking the volcano. It is indeed one of the top 8 beautiful towns in the Philippines. The church, constructed in 1773, is a Roman Catholic church built with volcano rocks. To the Northwest of the town is the Cagsawa church, one of the most iconic sites to visit. 100s of people sought refuge in the church in the early 19th century, due to the devastating eruption of Mount Mayon. However, almost all were killed when the lava engulfed the building. It is one of the top 8 beautiful towns in the Philippines. 

Location – Daraga, Albay, Philippines.

2. Tagaytay

Located about an hour from Manila, Tagaytay is a popular holiday town surrounded by Taal lake. It’s known for its spectacular views of Taal volcano, which is the smallest volcano in the world. You can take a boat ride across the lake and hike up to the volcano for some amazing views. Tagaytay is the perfect place to escape from the city and enjoy some fresh air. Some popular activities are horseback riding, zip line, cycling, and picnics.  

Location- Tagaytay, Cavite, Philippines.

Taal Lake, philippines
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3. Baclayon

Established by the Spanish, in the late 16th century, Baclayon was the first municipality to be founded on the island of Bohol. The town’s main attraction is the Baclayon Church, which is a national historical landmark and also a National Treasure. Though the church was damaged in an earthquake in 2013, the museum adjacent to the church remains open to tourists. Apart from the church, the town is also home to many lovely colonial Spanish homes, dating to 1853. Baclayon is an ideal place for whale and dolphin watching excursions to a nearby island Pamilacan. 

Location – Baclayon, Bohol, Philippines.

4. Vigan

Vigan is a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) World Heritage site and is one of the oldest towns in the Philippines. It is known for its Asian architecture and cobbled streets lined with beautiful colonial Spanish houses. Most of these buildings are private homes with horse-drawn carriages called Kalesa, beautifying the houses. Some of these houses have been converted into museums, an opportunity for tourists to see the stunning interiors. Vigan is considered to be Asia’s one of the finest examples for planned Spanish colonial homes.

Location – Vigan city, Logos Sur, Philippines

Vigan, beautiful town in Philippines
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5. Alaminos

Alaminos is known for being the home to hundreds of islands, which consists of 123 islands located off the coast. Each of these islands is different, with many of them having a mushroom-like appearance, caused due to tides over the years. Popular activities that tourists prefer are boat rides and island hopping with most of the islands having beaches, bird-life, and hiking. Alaminos is known for its famous dish called longganisa, which is made of a special type of local garlic. It is one of the top 8 beautiful towns in the Philippines. 

Location – Alminos, Pangasinan, Philippines

Alaminos, a beautiful town in Philippines
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6. Baguio

Baguio, situated in the Luzon island is a mountain town of resorts. It is called “the city of Pines” or “Summer capital of the Philippines,” as it is popular in summer due to its unusually cool weather. Baguio town is a perfect place for hiking and horseback riding with pretty parks, heritage buildings, and pine trees. It’s also a famous shopping destination with dozens of shops, as well as many other handcrafted goodies at the market. If you want to enjoy some outdoor activities in summer in the Philippines without worrying about the heat, Baguio is the place. It is one of the top 8 beautiful towns in the Philippines. 

Location – Baguio, Benguet, Philippines

Baguio, a beautiful town inPhilippines
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7. Banaue

Banaue is famous for its rice terraces which are surrounded by the town on all sides. It is one of the four towns in Ifugao province that is recognized by UNESCO rice terraces of Philippine cordilleras. It was created by the Ifugao people more than 2000 years ago. The beautiful terraces followed by the natural curve of mountains indeed gives a retreat to your eyes. One can just get lost in the natural beauty and greenery in Banaue. These terraces are set more than 4900 feet above sea level.

Location – Nueva Vizcaya, Ifugao, Mountain-province road, Philippines.

8. Silay

Silay is known for its lifestyle museums and ancestral houses. It is a city that draws you to discover its rich history. Silay, once known as “the Paris of Negros” was the heart of the islands for sugar industries in the 19th century. It consists of 28 heritage structures, announced by the National Historical Commission as “National Treasures.” The town was filled with grand sugar mansions. Many of these historic mansions are still open today, few of them converted into museums. The town is wonderful to visit during the colourful annual event which consists of exciting street dance competitions. It takes place in June every year, called the Charter-Day Anniversary. Silay is one of the top beautiful towns in the Philippines.

Location – Silay City, Negros Occidental, Philippines

The Philippines is such a beautiful place which deserves to be visited at least once in your lifetime. Make a trip to experience nature and its beauty along with some outdoor activities. Pay a quick visit to the top 8 beautiful towns in the Philippines. Do visit Pickyourtrail for some amazing Philippines packages and offers. Leave a Whatsapp Inquiry for any further queries. 

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