Legazpi City is a city in the Bicol Region of the Philippines.
Legazpi City Domestic Airport is located 5km west from the downtown. Philippine Airlines/PAL Express and Cebu Pacific have several daily flights from Manila to Legazpi and vice versa; Cebu Pacific also has several flights a week to/from Cebu.
Cebu Pacific and PAL Express flights to Legazpi departs from the new NAIA Terminal 3 in Manila.
Tricycle will take 10-15 minutes to get to/from the downtown, and should cost (private ride, January 2014) PHP50-60 after some bargaining. Taxis are also available in the airport.
From the Philippines National Railways (PNR) Station in Manila (Tutuban Mall Station), you can ride a PNR train directly to Naga City. PNR provides sleeper coaches, price can range from ₱416-1300 (depending on which coach you want to stay - Economy, Air-con, Family Sleeper, Executive Sleeper). Reservation of seats is possible, please call +63 2 319-0048 for reservations/inquiries.
Several buses travel to Legazpi from Metro Manila, serviced by southwest bound. Departed from several buses pool, can be several times within a day but from Legazpi back to Manila normally start from 17:30 and the journey takes 8 -10 hours. Asked to alight at Pasay City or nearby EDSA for more convenient travel to downtown Manila.
Legazpi has a good bus terminus. Several canteen served local food and passengers will be departed from the main gate and follow the sign that mentioned its direction, e.g to Manila, to Naga etc. Make sure your bags are properly kept in the baggage compartment and bring your hand-carry into the bus.
Tickets sales daily and can be booked in advance, just go to the counters and choose based on budget: economy (non air-con) to executive (air-con with seating lay out 2 - 2 or 1 - 2 are available).
- By jeepney with duration minutes to hours. The direction that mentioned on the sign is the last stop, so it will be necessary to be asked first: is your direction passed by within the entire of the journey.
- By tricycle for close destination. It's doable that driver might be add some passenger to the same direction or at least passed by with direction you had mentioned before.
- Mt Mayon, said as the most symmetrical volcano in the world. Can be seen from distance, as far as in Sorsogon or pretty close from Embarcadero Mall in the city.
- Cagsawa Ruins, the eerie church dated back centuries ago when the ashes and lava flown from Mt Mayon and buried this location. On the background can be seen Mt Mayon.
- San Raphael's Church, an artistic old Catholican Church within the city, not so far from LCC Mal.
- An old train station that still mirrored old charm colonial building.
- Lapu Lapu Monument at the intersection of local market and some kiosk and pedestrian food stalls, not so far from LCC Mal. Lapu Lapu is one of a national hero, known very well in the fighting against Spanish conquistador at Mactan.
- Rizal Park, pretty close to LCC Mal, there's a small pond and the monument of Joze Rizal, a national hero who speak more than 20 languages, a doctor, a writer and many distinctive profession. Written remarkable books such as Noli me Tangere and the poem My Ultimo Adios, banned during Spanish era in the Philippines.
- Your Brother Travel and Tours ATV service Provider (Mayon ATV tour), Brgy. Pawa of Legazpi City Albay (Before Pawa public Cementery), ☎ +639054557594, . 2 to 4 hours. The trail to the last 2006 eruption of Mayon Volcano is about 18 kilometers back and forth starting to the ATV site until to the Basecamp itself back and forth, the Atv trail is recommended to first time Client that will be doing the ATV tour the Age Limit for the Client must be 12 years old and above and is physically fit, the trail consist of uphill’s and downhill’s, with small streams to pass by in the beginning changing into rocky areas then sand part and passing through pines and coconut trees surrounding Mayon volcano after going to the Lava front you’ll then be driving on a different route passing by a pavement road that is under the foot of Mayon you will then see Villages nearby that is being evacuated every time Mayon has alert warnings. The tour is about 1 ½ hour back and forth. Additional Fee(P50.00) will be paid upon arrival on the base camp for the entrance fee and (P300.00) for the zip line which is connected at the Lava Wall that goes all the way down to the parking area of the ATV. 1800. edit
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Local culinary is known as Bicolano food. Coconut milk is the most important ingredient to be added during the cooking. Mains can be pork, seafood or poultry. Flavor will be hot from chili, sweet and sour to savoury enriched by coconut milk base. Most famous amongst the Bicolanos' menu is Bicol Express, which consists of pork and intestine slow-cooked in coconut milk, vinegar and some spices. Common Filipino menus also can be found quite easily. They include dishes like pork adobo, silog (fried rice in garlic), milkfish (bangus) and longganisa (pork sausages). The taste of the longganisa is sweet, quite similar to Ilocano's longganisa.
On the top floor of LCC mall, there's a cheap food court offering various Filipino and Bicolano foods; try Bicol Express if you're OK about very spicy food & pork. Food court in Pacific Mall offers more choice, at slightly higher prices. In the evening, there's a street food market near L. Los Baños Ave, halfway between these two malls, but the price quoted to foreigners may be inflated (by Filipino standards) sometimes; beggars also may bother you if you're looking Western.
LCC Mal nearby Lapu-Lapu Street has several vendors that sells some Filipino menu, just like fried bangus with rice, fried chicken with silog.
Small Talk Cafe in the Albay area of the city serves mainy Italian food (pasta 160p+) with a Filipino twist, but has a broad ranging menu. Cozy interior with piano, plants, etc. Good for lunch or dinner. Pasta Pinangat is a recommended dish, and you can choose to have it spicy or not. Also give the coconut and crabmeat at try, the Mayon Pizza. Finally, strawberry, vanilla and chocolate dessert built like a little volcano.
For a good vibe, resonably priced pizza (210-400p) and a fast served well tasting pasta with pesto (120p). Go to The Godfather. A small restaurant with a relaxed bar-feel. The Godfather is located on Sikatuna Street (between Mari Clara Street and L. Rivera Street, opposite to the Divine Word College of Legazpi) with a white door. Free Wi-Fi
Find out in the cafes within Embrocadero and having dinner towards the sea.
- Mayon Backpackers Hostel, #040 Brgy. 11 Maoyod, Legazpi City, Albay, ☎ +63 52 480-0365, . The first and only true backpackers hostel in the area and in the Bicol region. A small, family-run business that aims to create a fun, comfortable, social environment, where guests can relax, make friends with other travellers, and swap travel stories and advice. Located close to the city centre and the airport. Dormitory beds as well as private rooms available at competitive prices. PHP250-1000. edit
- Balay de la Rama Bed & Breakfast, #1542 Banag, Daraga, ☎ +63 918 385 7939, . In the Bicolano language, “Balay” means house, and we strive to be just that, your home away from home but with the backyard view of Mayon Volcano, to add a bit of spice to it. Balay de la Rama is a six-room family house, with three spacious rooms available for short-term homestay. Like any provincial home, it has big windows to promote natural ventilation, and indeed, the gentle, or sometimes st alwart breezes are enough to lull you to sleep as you take your afternoon siesta by the wooden sofa, or better yet, on the hammock by the balcony. If by any chance it is summer, and the mango tree is in full bloom, you can spend afternoons picking mango, or if that is too much effort, you can wait for them to fall, so you can eat them with hot bagoong (shrimp paste). If you’d rather read than be hit by falling mangoes,then the owner’s personal collections are free for you to browse. Come, dinnertime, you can join the family meal to sample that spicy Bicolano cooking, such as “pinangat”, or “ginantaang gulay”, or you can request for that poor man’s fare, such as tinapa (smoked fish) or “tuyo” (salted fish), if you suddenly crave for them. We wont force you to eat “balut” (fertilized duck egg), but would love to see your priceless expression as you try. If you came to Bicol to see moody, fiery Mayon, all you need to do is cast a sideway glance by the window, and there it is. But we know you may want to swim with the whale sharks in Donsol, wakeboard in CWC or island-hop in Caramoan, then this is a great jump-off point with easy access to all kinds of transport to your destination. The land at which Balay de la Rama stands has been with the dela Rama family for more than a century. While Balay itself isnt ancient, the warm family spirit and hospitality is. Your Bicolana host is herself an avid backpacker, but knows, that indeed, there is no place like home (www.balaydelarama.com or www.facebook.com/balaydelarama). PHP850-1060. edit
- Hotel St. Ellis, Rizal St, ☎ +63 52 480-8088, . 3km from the airport. It offers rooms completely furnished with a 32-inch LCD television set with satellite cable TV connection, high-speed internet access, NDD/IDD telephone, in-room safe, and an electronic door lock system. Some of its amenities includes Essences Spa, Salon Mye, a fitness centre, and a kiddie activity room Best rates on official website start at PHP3,150. edit
- Tyche Boutique Hotel, Gov. Forbes St. corner Rizal St, Baybay (Directly across the Philippine National Bank branch, it is only a few minutes from the Legazpi Domestic Airport.), ☎ +63 52 480-5555, . All rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, widescreen high-definition lcd TV with cable channels, complimentary wireless internet access, bathroom amenities and hair dryer. Some of its facilities and services are 24-hour room service, concierge, massage service (by arrangement), laundry service, 24-hour security, business centre with Internet access for email, secretarial services, and fax. from PHP2,700. edit
- Alicia Hotel, Capt. F. Aquende Drive, ☎ +63 52 481-0801 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Alicia Hotel in Legazpi City, Albay, Bicol Region is only a few minutes from the domestic airport. It's also conveniently accessible from the city center and various notable spots. The hotel offers 32 rooms and suites individually equipped with modern amenities like cable TV, individually controlled air-conditioning, a telephone, and Internet access. Rates start at PHP1,950. edit
- La Piazza Hotel, Tahao Road, Airport District, ☎ +63 52 480-3377, . Air-con suites equipped with LCD TV with cable channels and unlimited Wi-Fi access. Some of its facilities and services are function rooms, Wi-Fi access in public areas, Massage services and airport transfer. From PHP1600. edit
- The Oriental Legazpi, Taysan Hill, Sto. Niño Village, ☎ +63 52 742-8888, . A/C suites equipped with TV with cable channels, executive work desk, IDD/NDD telephone and high-speed broadband Internet access. Some of its facilities and services are airport transfer, wireless Internet access, infinity pool, spa, fitness room/gym, business centre, car rental, and city transfer. From PHP6,500. edit
There are night curfew rules in the city, around 22:00. So, wherever you are, if you want to stay in Legazpi, try to arrive before this time where all malls are closed and there are no people on the street.
To Sorsogon, Gubat and Rizal Beach. There are several sleepy towns and nice beaches after Legazpi just like Sorsogon and Gubat. Take a jeepney to these directions. Normally they make a stop in Pilar on the way to Sorsogon and Gubat.
Gubat is an up and coming surf area. Lola Sayong Surf Camp is located on Gubat Bay. They have simple Nipa huts and friendly locals. From Legazpi just take a minivan to Sorsogon (2 hours, 90 pesos)then a jeepney to Gubat ( 40 minutes, 29 pesos) Once in Gubat, you can take a tricycle to Lola Sayong Surf camp. Surf board rentals are 200 pesos/hour, 500 pesos for half day, and 800 for full day. Lessons available as well. It's a perfect laid back, uncrowded surf spot, great for beginners and experienced surfers as there are reef and sand breaks.