This travel guide is intended for laid back travelers who just want to enjoy sceneries and not much of a hiking and strenuous activities which you can do in most places in Batangas.
I’ve been living in the south of Metro Manila and going to nearby provinces like Cavite is easy-breezy, in no time I am in a province which I can enjoy fresh air and greeneries. One of my fave places to go to for a quick getaway is Tagaytay and now I am loving the vibe in Batangas.
I first went to Taal Batangas on March 2018 with my fellow Bloggers and we had a wonderful staycation in one of the resorts in San Luis Batangas, next town after Taal Batangas. And recently, I went back again for a day trip because I wanted to buy some legit Barako Coffee, see other spots that I haven’t seen last year, and to see again the heritage site in the town of Taal.
Places to see in Taal Batangas and the nearby town
- San Nicolas, Batangas
The town is known for its famous fish – Maliputo. I have no idea what fish is this, but I’m pretty sure it’s tasty. It looks Sap-sap tho, lol.
Going to San Nicolas from Taal proper:
If you are coming from Taal proper, just hoard a tricycle and ask the driver to get you to San Nicolas Lava Walk (Boulevard). Fare would probably range around 100 Pesos / 2 USD one-way. Travel time is 15 minutes only.
It’s a lot faster and easier to get around Taal Batangas if you have a car. Since there are no jeepneys nor regular pedicabs when going to the boulevard. There are no habal-habals at the moment but we hope soon there will be so it’s easier for backpackers to go around the area.
Lava Walk (Boulevard)
2. Taal Basilica
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Here in Taal, Batangas you will find one of the oldest church on this region. Christianism is brought by the Spaniards hundreds of years ago where initially, Filipinos are Muslim. However now, majority of Filipinos are Christian and only 5% are Muslim. Yesterday, Philippines celebrated 120th year of Independence. . . . . . . . . #mommalee #ilovepaars #travelandmunch #travelandfoodblogger #PHTravels #church #old #structure #taal #batangas #philippines #itsmorefuninthephilippines #travelph #femmetravel #glt #girllovetravel
3. San Lorenzo Ruiz Steps
From Taal Basilica just walk towards Calle Dr. H. Del Castillo, you may search the street via google maps or Waze. About 5 to 7-minute walk depending on your phase. You will not mind walking because from Taal Cathedral you will find a lot of old houses and you will definitely stop every spot and take photos of it.
4. Miraculous Well of Sta. Lucia
From the San Lorenzo Ruiz Steps, just go down and turn right. Follow the pathway and you will see signages going to the underground church (miraculous well).
5. Shrine of Our Lady of Caysasay
From the San Lorenzo Ruiz Steps, you will find this Yellow facade church. Since it was my first time to visit this church, I light up a candle and pray.
6. Taal Batangas Market
From Taal Basikica, you will find the market down the street. Best to buy here are: Kapeng Barako, Pina, and Gusi fabrics, Tablea, Tapang Taal (about 300++ per kilo), and Empanadas for 22 Pesos (pork and chicken) each.
7. Heritage Sites
8. Visit Museums
How to get to Taal Batangas from Manila:
Via commute – Take the Lemery bus from Gil Puyat LRT Station or in Alabang Bus Station. Fare (from Manila) is less than 200 Pesos / 4 USD one-way. Travel time depending on the Manila traffic will be around 2.5 to 3 hours.
If coming from South Manila via private car – Head to Tagaytay and turn left on the road going to Lemery Batangas. From Las Pinas travel time is less than 2 hours depending on the traffic of Dasmarinas, Silang, and Tagaytay. Best time to leave is early in the morning.
If you have other spots that I should visit in Taal Batangas, just comment on the facebook box below or email me, alrighty?