Haplos ni Daragang Magayon and 4 More Things to Enjoy in Legazpi

You won’t run out of things to do in The City of Fun and Adventure. It’s just a matter of where to stay in Legazpi that would make the difference.

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There are several tourist spots scattered all over the city, and choosing where to stay would be determinant of what sorts of activities are easily accessible. Whether you’re an adventure junkie looking for some energy packed activity, or just wanting to relax and escape the worries of the busy metropolis, Legazpi has a wide variety of things to do.

But whatever you decide to do, make sure you never miss any of these 5 activities below for a complete Bicol experience.

1. Sumlang Lake

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You can’t say you’ve been to Legazpi if you haven’t had a good amount of time marveling at Mayon’s perfect cone shape. As the most popular tourist attraction in the city, you would want to have a good view of this stunning creation, and Sumlang Lake is the perfect spot for that.

Cradled near the foot of Mt. Mayon, this manmade lake gives you an unobstructed view of Legazpi’s major attractions. Take a bamboo raft ride towards the center of the lake and soak in all the beauty that Mayon has to offer. They also have paddleboards and kayaks for rent for those who want a more hands-on experience.

2. Mayon ATV

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Can’t get enough of Mt. Mayon? We get the feeling. If staring at the scenic beauty of the volcano doesn’t do enough, get closer encounters with its perfection by going on an ATV adventure.

Photo from Mayon ATV Tour

Considered as one of the must-do’s in every Legazpi city tour, this ATV tour gives you the adventure of your life. Learn the history of its nearby community by exploring Cagsawa Ruins and drive your way to the Mayon Lava Rocks which gives you a deeper glimpse of the aftermath of Mayon’s first eruption. Of course, don’t forget to breathe in the beautiful sights and scenery along the way.

3. Pasta Bicolandia

Let’s face it. We Filipinos love to eat. Food has been engraved as an integral part of our culture as evident to the numerous regional dishes that our provinces take pride in. Sure enough, Bicol has one of theirs, too.

Make sure to try Pasta Bicolandia which is a perfect explosion of goodness in your mouth. This dish is the result of the ingenious fusion of Italian flavors and Bicol’s well-loved spices that are surely a treat for one’s palate. Just imagine the perfect balance of creamy white pasta and a kick of chili. Drool-worthy, we know.

4. Embarcadero de Legazpi

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A few meters away from the famous Legazpi Boulevard is Embarcadero de Legazpi. Ever since its establishment in the year 2009, it has been one of the go-to places of both tourists and locals alike.

One of the city’s most energetic and vibrant spots, Embarcadero de Legazpi gives you an opportunity to explore local shops and markets, or a variety of dining options. Plus, if you visit late in the afternoon, you also get to have a peek at the play of colors in the sky during the sunset at the boulevard.

5. Haplos ni Daragang Magayon

Daragang Magayon, which literally translates to “beautiful lady” has been believed to be the persona behind the majestic landscape. With the grandeur of Mayon dominating Albay’s landscape, it is expected for the locals of Bicol to believe in mystic things—and that includes otherworldly forms of healing.

Feel the healing touch of Mt. Mayon’s goddess through The Oriental Legazpi’s Haplos ni Daragang Magayon. Inspired by the traditional form of de-stressing we commonly know as hilot, this authentic massage is perfect to cap off the day of exploring the beauty of Legazpi.

These are but some of the many things you can choose to do and the options are near endless. Whatever you decide to explore, make sure you take them into consideration when you decide where to stay in Legazpi.