How To Destress in Batangas
2020 Mar 19 | by Apple Barretto
What are the ways you can destress in Batangas?
- Go to the beach
- Hike mountains
- Take part in a heritage tour
- Tour the bee farm
- Eat the region’s delicacies
Traveling is undoubtedly one of life’s greatest privileges. If you’ve ever been to a different side of the world, you would know just how many places there is to explore.
Sometimes, planning a vacation can be difficult, especially with the multitude of things to do. For example, if you have plans on traveling to every part of the Philippines, it might be in your best interest to get to know the different things to do in Batangas. You might have visited the location when you were a child, but you certainly have not scratched the surface of what this beautiful province in South Luzon has to offer.
Apart from its rich cultural and historical heritage, you have the freedom to experience all its natural wonders and beauty. Making the most out of your trip to Batangas should be a priority on your list. Continue reading to find out just some of the best ways you can destress in this awe-inspiring province.
Go To The Beach
If you weren’t previously aware, Batangas possesses one of the longest coastlines in Southern Luzon. It would then make sense for you to enjoy its rich, white sand beaches and dive into the cool, blue, refreshing waters.
Batangas beaches are rife with rich aquatic and marine life. Simply take out your waterproof disposable camera and keep a memory of the lovely sea creatures in your pocket. Exhausted from swimming in the clear beautiful waters? No problem. Continue your vacation by frolicking in the clean white sands with your closest friends and family.
Some of the beaches you can visit in Batangas are Anilao Beach, Mahabang Buhangin Beach, or even Fortune Island in Nasugbu. Conveniently located just a few hours away from Metro Manila, these beaches are the closest you can find to a perfect summer getaway.
With the number of activities you can do in Batangas, you may be confused about what you should try first. Those who are adventurers at heart might find it appealing to trek the large mountains in the province. Trekking is, after all, perfect for those who want to break a sweat and retire to the greener part of the region.
Arguably, the most popular natural land formation in Batangas would have to be the Taal Volcano. Located in Talisay, it is considered to be one of the smallest active volcanoes in the world. Once you’re in the area, you can avail of a guided day tour.
Non-seasoned mountain climbers may prefer the more forgiving terrains of Mount Talamitam in Nasugbu. The best part about this mountain is that you only need to follow the trail that leads to the mountain’s peak.
Take Part In A Heritage Tour
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Your history buff friends will most probably enjoy the various heritage tours Batangas has to offer. Just some of the places you can visit include lighthouses, ancestral homes, and even the remains of a Spanish-era church.
Still standing and kept in pristine condition, the Basilica de San Martin de Tours in the town of Taal is considered to be the largest Catholic Church in all of Asia. When you view the church from the outside, you’ll notice how heavily the influence of European-style architecture is reflected in the building’s structuring. Though it has undergone several restorations and renovations, the church still retains vestiges of Spanish colonial life.
Getting a vast expanse of Balayan Bay has been made possible by the construction of the Calatagan Lighthouse, which is also known as Punta de Santiago. Having been constructed in the late 19th century, the most distinct feature of the lighthouse is its round shape. Climbing to the top of the structure can be a difficult feat, but it is all worth taking in the beautiful scenery of the beloved waterway.
Tour The Bee Farm
Some people may find it surprising that Batangas produces some of the best-tasting local honey the country has ever seen. Thankfully, you can be a part of the local honey farm-to-table process by visiting the Milea Bee Farm in Lipa City.
Located in a secluded area, the farm dedicates itself to the care of these valuable pollinators in our ecosystem. You can avail of the farm’s guided tour where you can witness firsthand the bees’ living quarters. When you visit the farm, expect to learn about the different types of bee species that you may not have known existed in the country.
Eat The Region’s Delicacies
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Of course, a trip to Batangas would be incomplete without trying some of the region’s most famous delicacies.
One popular Batangueño dish is the Sinaing na Tulingan. The dish contains salt water-based bullet tuna, kamias, garlic, and freshly ground pepper which are all cooked inside a clay pot. The resulting dish is warm and flavorful – a perfect bit of nourishment after a long grueling day walking through the city streets.
Noodle lovers, on the other hand, can enjoy only the best lomi dishes that Batangas can offer. It is only here in this province where you can be sure to taste an authentic bowl of lomi. Featuring generous servings of chicken meat, chicharron, prawn crackers, flavorful broth, and hearty noodles, you certainly won’t go hungry anymore after devouring the entire bowl.
The article above has just presented you with some of the best things to do in Batangas. However, the list is not at all exhaustive – there is still much to learn from a place with an enduring cultural heritage.
The next time you think about spending your vacation out of the country, consider visiting the beautiful local areas in the Philippines first. You’ll not only experience cultural diversity, but you’ll also have an opportunity to enrich the way you view the world.