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Travel Guide 101: To Do’s in La Union

“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” — Susan Sontag

Travel bucket list:

Boracay. Batanes. Palawan. Pampanga. Cebu.

Most of us want to travel all around the Philippines before going to places around the world. We travel to escape and rejuvenate from all the stress, to seek and wander with ourselves, or just spending time with our friends and family. Travel can be pretty much anything we wish it to be—whether that may be a tree planting endeavor in Nuvali or going on a long furlough with family in Villa Alfredos. So long as you are taking time off work and enjoying yourself, your travel destinations can be pretty much anywhere—near or far. With the summer season just creeping around the corner, you’re probably thinking of where to go for your first trip.

La Union is perfect for that quick weekend getaway you wished for, just less than a five-hour drive from the metro, Ilocos, and Baguio. It is also one of the north’s best destinations to get sunkissed, ride on some crazy waves, and plunge into their stunning beaches. Although La Union is the Philippines’ surf capital, you don’t have to be a surfer to enjoy La Union. Here are some fun and unique things you can try while venturing the town.

Try surfing

You don’t have to be a pro surfer to enjoy the surfing capital of the Philippines. You can enjoy even when you’re learning. You wouldn’t have to worry as La Union’s beaches have waves appropriate for beginners, intermediate, and advanced. For advanced and intermediate surfers, I advise you to head to Monaliza’s Point for a guaranteed more significant and fulfilling experience. If you wish to get the best of the surfing experience, visit San Juan during the surfing seasons from July to October and November to March.

Visit Luna Pebble Beach

La Union, although rich with mesmerizing beaches, you wouldn’t like to miss the Pebble Capital of the North in the town of Luna. Luna Pebble Beach is home to striking landscapes and exported pebbles. Facing the coast of the West Philippine Sea, be mesmerized with the unique multi-colored stones which creates a whimsical tropical paradise. While you’re there, check out the known Baluarte Watch Tower, and the Bahay na Bato.

Go for Grape-Picking

When you hear Baguio, there is the famed strawberry picking activity, but in La Union, you can harvest grapes while walking through the vineyards. This activity has been taking a toll on social media as must-visited places in La Union. You can either visit Lomboy Farm, a 47-year-old farm and the pioneer Philippine vineyard. This 20-hectare farm boasts over 50 varieties of grapes, or explore Gapuz Grape Farm in Bauang and try different activities such as grapes pick-and-pay, vineyard tours, boodle fight under the vines, grape cuttings and many more.

Unwinding in beaches and resorts

Too tired to do some activities around La Union? Then stay put and enjoy the luxuries of La Union resorts. It doesn’t matter much as to where you opt to stay, the resorts in La Union will surely give the escape and relaxation you deserve. You can either choose for a vacation house with a private swimming pool overlooking the ocean view, or jam with some tourists and friends in your stay in The Circle Hostel, Vessel Hostel, and more remarkable hostels in La Union.

Visiting the Sea Goddess

Stationed on a hill 70 feet above sea level, is the first Taoist temple in the Philippines, Ma-Cho Temple. The temple is dedicated to Ma-Cho, the goddess of the sea. It is also where the renowned Spider Dome was found. Aside from its intricate traditional Taoist designs and architecture, what makes this temple unique is it has been considered as the largest temple outside of China. Ma-Cho Temple is a majestic landmark facing the South China Sea dedicated as a place for praise and worship, meditation and seeking guidance from the deities. And although the Chinese community built it, it is open to the public.

Food Trip in La Union

All trips wouldn’t be complete without tasting its local delicacies. So when in La Union, you must try the famous Halo-Halo Iloko: a rendition of the famous national dessert of the country made up with shaved ice and topped with yema, pastillas, ube halaya, and more. If you’re craving for burgers, then Mad Monkeys is the place to go. Enjoy their all-time favorite The Classic burger topped with their secret cheddar beef sauce, or go all out with their Smoky BBQ Bacon.

There are so many things that La Union can offer to you. May you be a history junkie, an art enthusiast, an adventurer, there is always something in La union that would make you fall in love and come back again. So, what are you waiting? Book a trip and discover La Union!