Legazpi City, Philippines is home to the iconic Mount Mayon, an almost-perfect, spherical active volcano that rises above the city and port. Once a simple fishing village set in the mangroves that was discovered by a Spanish expedition in the late sixteenth century, Legazpi is known as the "City of Fun" and the gateway to the Bicol region.
As it's served by an airport and a port, Legazpi is a very accessible city. Getting to Legazpi is very easy by air, as it's served by three different airlines. It is only a one-hour flight via Manila, and it's also a great jumping-off point to the many islands of the Philippines. There is also overnight bus service with Philtranco and a few others that takes roughly ten or more hours if you are counting your pesos.
Many people come to Legazpi for an encounter with the whale sharks in Donsol, but the city and surrounding area plenty to offer. If you are into adventure, take a quad-bike tour of the active volcano, or a challenging climb on its steep slopes. If you want to stick closer to the city, the Embarcadero along the port has plenty to offer in the way of zip-lining, go-karts, jet skis, skim-boarding, and much more. If you feel like getting back to nature, Legazpi has half a dozen various parks including Albay Park and Wildlife, combing a great place to picnic and a zoological park. After all that fun, if you are in need of pampering, take your pick from one of the many fabulous spas, and then head out to enjoy some delicious Bikol cuisine from one of the many restaurants in the area, then continue on to a nightclub for music and dancing.
Legazpi also has many festivals and saints fiestas throughout the year -- in April, the Daragang Magayon Festival spans the whole month celebrating Mount Mayon. Every week around Easter focuses on Holy Week. December ushers in the Karangahan Green Christmas Festival, which extends through the month and offers bazaars, food festivals, and traditional dancing.
Legazpi City, Philippines hostels are not as numerous as one would hope, so be sure to book in advance to ensure you get a dorm. The lodging in this area varies from hostels in Legazpi City, Philippines, to shabby guesthouses, to sleek hotels. Your time at a hostel in Legazpi City, Philippines, will be perfect for meeting fellow travelers and sharing adventure stories.
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