Batangas and Cavite has lots to offer to tourists. Taal Volcano is one of the main attractions of Batangas. It offers a great adventure for visitors. But there are a lot more that you can discover when you visit the tourist spot. If you’re taking a private car or just commuting, spend some time to visit other attractions. You can also choose to stay in lodgings near Taal Volcano. Explore the town of Talisay and nearby ones.
Plan the ultimate trip by experiencing the thrill of Taal Volcano. Wander around the streets of Batangas or Cavite. Explore the towns and find hidden gems. Here’s a list of tourist spots and areas that can give you a fun time.
Agoncillo Family Ancient House
Taal will take you back in town. There are lots of old and striking houses that still display beauty. Each one shows the elegance of a detailed and intricate structure. One of the main attractions of Taal is the old house of the Agoncillo family. If you visit the place, you will get to see the bronze statue of Felipe Agoncillo.
Walk along Agoncillo Street and you’ll be treated to a beautiful sight. Take in the magnificence of heritage houses standing proudly. Marcela Agoncillo is the famous seamstress who sewed the first flag of the Philippines. She was raised in Taal, Batangas. Her home now serves as a museum without any entrance fee.
Basilica de San Martin de Tours – Taal Cathedral
Taal Cathedral is considered to be the largest Catholic Church in Asia. The cathedral is built in the town square and can be easily seen from the streets of Taal. This is a great tourist spot for those who want to explore more but doesn’t want to spend. It is considered as an attraction with its long aisle and beautiful structure. You can go visit and explore the church for free. You can also climb up the bell tower. See one of the largest bells in the country.
Our Lady of Caysasay Shrine
The chapel is where one of the earliest statues of Virgin Mary can be found. It is said that the stature is found by a local fisherman. His name is Juan Manicad at the Pansipit River. It shows the Immaculate Conception and the image later earned the title of “Queen of the Archdiocese of Lipa.”
The miraculous spring is a hidden gem in Taal. It is said that this is where Our Lady of Caysasay showed herself. You can find it beside the remains of a chapel. You might have a hard time finding the spring. If you want to visit it, you can ask the locals for the direction. You can also follow the path that is beside San Lorenzo Steps.
Galleries and Museums
You can visit a lot of museums and art galleries in Taal. Each one will give you a unique experience to take home. Some of them are Casa Gahol, Don Leon Apacible Museum and Galleria de Taal. Villa Tortuga will give you the chance to feel like you’ve been taken back to the past. Enjoy a fulfilling dinner while taking delight in the colonial beauty of the place. You also have the choice to wear a Spanish costume. You can take a picture in sepia to take home as a souvenir.
If you are looking for other kind of entertainment, have a look at Chona’s Embroidery. You will get to see the detailed handwork of embroidery. Watch the craft and marvel at the intricacy of the products. There are barong tagalog and gowns that you can look at or buy.
One of the prides of Batangas is the balisong. It is a product that has been the pride of the province for a long time. There are different types of balisong. You can also choose from the variety of structures that are available. Its creation originated in Brgy. Balisong.
Sky Ranch Theme Park
If you’re near Cavite, take some time to explore the town. You can have lots of great memories of the place. Fill your memory with great adventures and try the rides of the theme park. The huge ferris wheel is one of its main attractions. You can visit the place by travelling to Tagaytay which is just a few minutes ride from Taal Volcano.
People’s Park in the Sky
This park is one of the most famous attractions in Tagaytay. It was built on the unfinished structure of a mansion called Palace in the Sky which was being built during the era of Marcos’ rule. It is considered to be a historical park that continues to provide entertainment for visitors.
Tagaytay Picnic Grove
Aside from parks, you might want to visit picnic sites that will surely treat you to a panoramic view of Taal Lake surrounded by lush foliage and the vibrant blue sky. The picnic grove also offers a thrilling zipline activity. There are huts and pavilions that you can rent to have your picnic in. The area allocated for the picnic grove is huge and there are various amenities and activities that you can avail to entertain yourself or your group.
If you want a different kind of fun, you can go and visit the Puzzle Mansion at Barangay Asisan, Tagaytay. It is owned by a Guinness World record holder – Gina Gil-Lacuna. The homeowner holds the record for the largest collection of puzzles.