Batangas is a picturesque island city in the Southern Tagalog region of Luzon, less than a three-hour drive from Manila. The city is also a gateway to many beautiful islands which surround it, making it the perfect destination for an island-hopping vacation full of relaxing and interesting outdoor activities like diving and snorkeling. Getting to places such as Fortune Island and Ligpo Island is easily done by ferry at Batangas Port.
Arriving into the city is best done by driving or bus, as the drive into Batangas takes about an hour from Manila or two hours if not on the expressway. Taal Heritage Town
is a quant Spanish village with old Spanish architecture and traditional markets. It’s definitely worth a visit, especially for those who are interested in seeing some of the colonial history of this region.
In the middle of Taal Lake
are volcanos that are very easy to see on a clear day. Because the area is at a higher elevation, it’s an especially popular destination during the hot summer days. A climb up the volcano can be done on horseback or on foot, and it can be an interesting and exciting activity for groups or families. There are several hotels near Taal Lake and volcano, with a wide selection and range to fit any plan or budget.
There’s much more to see in and around Batangas, and the interactive map on this page is a great way to find out where the attractions and hotels can be found in this interesting city.