Many of those travelling to the Philippines will find themselves with time to spend in the bustling capital city of Manila.  Whilst there are many things to do in Manila, including a range of cultural sites, museums, restaurants and shops, some people may prefer to escape the city, therefore heading into the countryside is the perfect alternative.  The Philippine Department of Tourism recommends a number of destinations to explore, all of which are located just within proximity of the capital.

Ms Norjamin Delos Reyes, Tourism Attaché at Philippine Department of Tourism Australia and New Zealand said,

“Manila is a wonderful metropolis filled with an abundance of things to see and do, however,we understand that the busy capital may not suit everyone’s travel tastes.  What not many people realise is that there a number of stunning destinations just outside Manila, perfectly located for a day trip away from the city. From stunning volcanos and rock formations to ancestral houses and church replicas, there are many places to be discovered which make the city feel like a million miles away.” 


Masungi Georeserve: 2 hours’ drive from Metro Manila

The Masungi Georeserve is a beautiful conservation area, located just a short, convenient drive away from Manila in the rainforests of Rizal.  The georeserve aims to sustainably protect the rocks, flora, and fauna within it, and travellers will have the opportunity to connect with nature whilst exploring fascinating rock formations and lush forestry.  Visitors to the georeserve can explore a guided trail which includes rope courses, a giant rope hammock, and several hanging bridges.

Tagaytay: 2.5 hours’ drive from Metro Manila

One of the most popular day destinations from Manila, the picturesque city of Tagaytay is filled with things to see and do.  With its cool climate and beautiful panoramic views over Lake Taal and Taal Volcano, Tagaytay is a city brimming with nature, ideally situated within rolling hills and green ridges. Whilst the main attraction is the incredible Ta’al volcano, one of the most active volcanoes in the Philippines, the city is also home to a range of outdoor parks, restaurants and shopping centres, offering something for every traveller.

Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar: 3 hours 40 minutes from Metro Manila

Located west of Manila, across the bay in Bagac, Bataan, Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar is one of the best historical attractions located just a few hours from Manila. Home to Jose Acuzar’s collection of restored Spanish-Filipino houses, the resort will transport travellers to Old Manila’s glory days, with a variety of classic architecture, impressive landscapes and stunning waterworks. A number of tours are on offer, with the opportunity to experience history first-hand as tour guides reveal the stories of the stunning resort.

The Farm at San Benito: 2 hours’ drive from Metro Manila

The Farm at San Benito is a 5-star eco-luxury holistic medical wellness resort, located around 2 hours’ drive south of Manila and widely considered to be one of the top health and wellness resort destinations in the world.  Situated within a 48-hectare lush green jungle, The Farm at San Benito offers exclusive amenities and holistic programs including meditation sessions, Pilates and spa treatments.  Perfect for those looking to leave it all behind, The Farm offers stunning views of the majestic mountains, fresh air with pristine and uplifting life-giving energy radiating around the property.

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