The town of Tagaytay is a medium sized settlement in the island of Luzon, Philippines. It is famous for housing a large, active volcano. However, this isn’t the only thing Tagaytay has to offer.
Hotels in Tagaytay are found in the city centre, and usually provide transportation around the town, to various important sites. Getting into the city is just as easy as getting around. International travellers first fly into Manila’s main airport, and from there, car rental, van or bus services are available to connect to Tagaytay. It usually takes between one and two hours to reach Tagaytay.
There are a number of interesting attractions in the city, but when these have been seen and experienced, what can tourists do? There are a number of options below outlining Tagaytay’s main activities.
- One of the most exciting tours to do while visiting Tagaytay is the Philippine Adventure Tour. This exciting tour takes travellers from Manila, which is only a couple of hours from Tagaytay, and drives them through the corridor between the capital and Tagaytay. Visitors stop at various towns and villages along the way.
- Another tour worth going on is the city tour of Tagaytay. There are so many things to see and do in the city, so why not see them through an organised group. Tourists will undoubtedly visit several of the most famous sites in Tagaytay, including the formerly titled Palace in the Sky, Flower Farm, St Anne’s Shrine and the Punta de Santiago Lighthouse.
- There are several opportunities for tourists to enjoy an active holiday when visiting Tagaytay. Because of the cool climate, coupled with the highland landscape of the city, Tagaytay is the perfect place to enjoy a trekking or hiking holiday. Walk through the rolling slopes of Tagaytay and bask in the multitude of sites on offer. The Taal Volcano may be the most renowned attraction in the city, but there are plenty of beautiful spots around Tagaytay that can be seen whilst hiking.
- Viewing the volcano from afar is quite scenic, but for a real volcanic experience, there is no better choice than to travel directly to the volcano’s vent. This can be done by boating to the island in the middle of the caldera, then travelling by donkey to the island’s summit. This can be quite risky though, as the volcano is still considered active.
- If boating is more you thing, then skip the island and simply explore Taal Lake by outrigger. This is quite popular among travellers, especially those on their first trip to Tagaytay.
- Weddings are a growing phenomena in Tagaytay. The town contains a number of perfect settings to suit all styles of weddings. The mild climate and scenic backdrops of the highland region make for fabulous wedding photos and wedding parties. There are so many places in Tagaytay to have these done.
- Shopping is not a massive attraction in Tagaytay, but there are some smaller shops worth visiting. The city doesn’t have any major shopping centres or department stores, but it does boast a variety of street side stores. Souvenirs and handicrafts are the main products found in these stores, but there are many other items for sale also. Before arriving into the city, visitors can find a large roadside market that sells fresh produce.
- Probably the most talked about activity in the city, picnicking in Tagaytay is a fantastic option for visitors. The main picnicking spot in the city is located on the high slopes, looking out across the Taal Volcano. Tourists can take some excellent snapshots of the surrounding environment, Lake Taal, and Taal Volcano.
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