Naga City might not boast the lively atmosphere of places like Manila, but this cozy little town is the perfect place to spend a day unwinding. Cheap accommodations, delicious food and a rich culture make it a wonderful spot to de-stress on a budget.
Begin with breakfast at Eightynine Café. This quaint little café offers scrumptious coffee and cakes that won’t break your budget. Expect to drop $5.
Next, make your way to Haciendas de Naga, an eco-tourism park with fun activities like wall climbing and zip lining. The park is designed to boost tourism in the region. Here you’ll also find Pili Park, where you can pick your own nuts and taste one of the region’s biggest exports. Entrance is only $5.
Next, head over to the shrine and parish of Our Lady of Penafrancia. One of the oldest churches in the region, it showcase beautiful architecture, monuments and artwork from the last few centuries. Entrance is free.
For lunch, check out Geewan, a wonderful option for home-cooked Bicol food. There are numerous platters to choose from, and a meal will only cost you $10.
Spend the afternoon learning about the history of region be exploring Plaza Rizal before making your way over to the stunning Naga Metropolitan Cathedral. The monstrous work of art showcases Romanesque architecture and beautiful, stained-glass windows.
Head outside the city limits to Mt. Isarog National Park. The potentially active volcano houses a bevy of waterfalls, springs and wildlife. The trip there will cost you less than $20.
Finally seek out dinner at Red Platter. Though expensive for the region, the food here is easily the best in town. Expect to throw down $20 for a meal.
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