Top tourist spot in Baguio City ||exploring Baguio City #tamAwanvillage #mirador #minesviewpark
Baguio, to many, is best known as the “Summer Capital of the Philippines”, with its cool climate making this a spot to escape the chaotic scenes in Manila. The city is also home to tropical pine forests, lending the city the nickname “City of Pines”.
What is interesting about Baguio?🍓
Baguio is known for its cool weather, pine trees, and fresh produce. However, the city is also home to a thriving real estate industry. Due to its location in the Cordillera Mountains, Baguio has attracted developers who are looking to build luxury homes and resorts.
A Favorite Tourist Destination🍓
Baguio is dubbed as the “coldest city in the Philippines” as the temperature in the city can drop to as low as 9 degrees Celsius, especially from November to February. It is no wonder it came to be the Summer Capital of the Philippines—the go-to place of many Filipinos and tourists alike who wish to experience a mixture of nature and urban landscapes. It has transformed from being a quaint town in the north to one of the most highly urbanized cities in the Philippines.
Baguio experiences a steady influx of tourists all year round, but its busiest months are from November to March. November to February is also always when the lowest temperatures are recorded in Baguio City. During the Christmas and New Year holidays, Baguio is filled with tourists who would like to experience a colder holiday celebration. February is also full of guests because of the Panagbenga festival.
Some popular Baguio attractions are Camp John Hay, Tam-Awan Village, Wright Park, Botanical Garden, The Mansion, Mines View Park, Burnham Park, Asin Hot Springs, Baguio Night Market, Baguio Cathedral, and Bell Church. The city is also surrounded by pine trees and other flora, contrasting the charm of bustling city life.
Baguio is also often the jump point to other famous tourist destinations in Benguet Province. For example, visitors who would like to visit the flower farms in Atok Benguet such as the Northern Blossom Flower Farm and Sakura Park often go to Baguio first. Go to Dangwa Bus Terminal from Baguio City, then ride a bus to Besao, Sagada, or Bontoc. Alight at Atok Municipal Hall or Marosan’s Eatery. Aside from the bus, you can also take a van beside the bus terminal. The travel time is roughly two hours.
A Place Full of History🍓
Baguio City is rich not only in attractions but also in history. The history of Baguio City can be traced back to as early as the pre-colonial period, in which the location was a hunting ground for indigenous groups, such as the Ibalois and Igorots. During the Spanish occupation, the Comandante de Galvez established the province of Benguet. When the Americans took over, they went north to escape the heat of the lowlands.
At this time, Baguio became the capital of Benguet and was dubbed the Summer Capital of the Philippines. Following the Philippine Independence, Baguio City remained the prime location for many American bases – foreign visitors often refer to the city as Little America.
Withstanding the challenges of the times through the years, Baguio City’s history is among the reasons tourists love the province.
When visiting the locale, include educational trips to your itinerary to explore Baguio City’s background to further appreciate this historical destination.
The Best Place for Foodies🍓
Baguio tourist destinations are also popular among foodies. A trip to this city will not be complete without sampling the local food. Street vendors roam around the parks and the city streets selling strawberry-flavored taho and ice cream.
Local restaurants offer Cordillera delicacies, as well as numerous dishes from different cultures. Some of the foodie places to go to in Baguio are Good Taste Cafe & Restaurant, Hill Station, Cafe by the Ruins, Farmer’s Daughter Restaurant, and Amare La Cucina Pizza. Other hidden restaurants you should discover in Baguio include Oh My Gulay, Chaya, Hatch Coffee, and the Foggy Mountain Cookhouse.
Baguio is also famous for its desserts and other sweets, such as ube jams, strawberry jams, choco flakes, lengua de gato, peanut brittle, sundot kulangot, and strawberry wine. The city is also a quick ride away from La Trinidad where visitors can experience picking strawberries from a local strawberry farm.
A Cool Hotspot🍓
The Panagbenga, or flower festival held during February, is one of the most popular events in the city. During the Panagbenga, there is a parade of floats going around the city. Another popular festival is the Baguio Arts Festival, where artists showcase their best works during the months of November to December. The culture of Baguio is best displayed in its colorful festivals, so it’s worth visiting the locale around the time of these celebrations.
A Paradise for Strawberry Pickers.🍓
Like Baguio’s strawberry farms, La Trinidad is open to domestic and international tourists. Strawberry picking is among the most popular things to do in Baguio.