LegazpiAlbay, and the regional center of Bicol Region. It is a economic center, and a transportation and tourism hub for the province and the region.
The nearby town of Daraga, though an independent municipality since 1922, is historically tied with the city, and it hosts the picturesque ruins of Cagsawa Church, and the future airport as well.
HistoryLegazpi's history trace back to prehistoric times, with Neolithic discoveries dated back to 500-100 BCE. Spanish explorers who first arrived also speak of an ancient pre-Hispanic civilization in the area, practicing rice farming, producing gold jewelry, and trading silk.
Miguel López de Legazpi led the Spanish expedition that colonized the Philippines in the 1560s, after Magellan's expedition had "discovered" it in the 1520s. Legazpi himself did not visit this region, but one of his officers named the town after him. Before the Spaniards, it was the village of Sawangan, and the first Spanish structures were in a Roman Catholic mission, named Misión San Gregorio Magno de Sawangan. The mission was repeatedly ravaged by raids from pirates, mostly Muslims from Mindanao, during its first years, but the Spaniards kept rebuilding it; it officially became a town in 1616.
The climate is tropical, with plenty of rainfall throughout the year. For most days, there would be sunshine, with the daytime high between , and rainfall coming in the afternoon, with overcast skies caused by moisture moving inland from the Pacific Ocean.
The rainiest months are from late October to January, while the hottest months are from April to early October. The peak season for tourism is practically from February to October, though the best time to visit is from February to March, when the temperatures are tolerable and there are few rainy days.
Legazpi AirportPhilippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific fly daily from Manila to Legazpi and vice versa. Cebu Pacific departs from NAIA Terminal 3 in Manila. Cebu Pacific also fly from Cebu to Legaspi and vice versa.
A new airport, Bicol International Airport is under construction southwest of the present airport. It is expected to open by 2020. The new airport will have a runway long enough to support wide-body aircraft, and to accommodate international flights.
Tricycles will take 10-15 minutes to get to downtown, and the driver will quote for a single-person trip. Walk straight out of the airport, across the parking lot, and out of the gate where the cars are exiting. Taxis are also available in the airport.
To return to the airport, tricycles waiting at Peñaranda Park and F. Aquende Dr will charge .
By trainAs of Oct 2019, there is no through train service between Manila and Legazpi. It may be restored in 2022 at the earliest.
PNR operate local train service between Naga and Legazpi only.
Legazpi Grand Central Terminal
Legazpi has a good central bus terminal. Several food stalls serve local food for departing and arriving passengers, there are signs for bays serving buses headed for a certain destination, e.g. to Manila, to Naga, and there is also a handicrafts store and a Savemore supermarket.
Tickets are sold on booths, and you can also buy a ticket in advance. Look for the name of the bus line the booth are selling tickets for.
The following bus line companies have trips from Manila:
AmihanPhiltranco's sister bus line, with a similar schedule, but with departures from Cubao.
SuperlinesThree departures from Cubao every 6:30PM, 10:30PM, and 5:30AM.
The journey from Manila to Legazpi via Naga takes about 8-10 hours. Most of them arrive and depart from company-owned terminals at Pasay.
There are also buses and vans from Tabaco City. The fare is from .
- To get to Cebu City or Masbate from Legazpi you first have to take a van from the van Terminus to the ferry port of Pilar the van fare is . then from Pilar port Montenegro Shipping lines has a fast ferry three times a day from Pilar port to Masbate city the ferry departs Pilar port at 8AM, noon and 3:30PM. The fare is + port fee. From Masbate city you can take a Cokaliong shipping lines night ferry every Saturday at 7PM down to Cebu city. Fan air-con . Or every day there is an a/c RORO bus/ferry/bus from the Montenegro shipping lines ticket office in Mabate port to Cebu city for .
- To get to Virac city in Catanduanes island you must take a bus or van the 25 km from the Legazpi van terminus to Tabaco City. two ferries depart the ferry Port of Tabaco at noon fast and 1PM slow. the fast M/V Silangan Express ferry takes 1½ hours and costs . And the slow Regina Shipping lines ferry takes 3½ hours and cost . From Tacaco you can also get a van to Naga city .
Jeepneys are frequent. The largest sign on the windshield will be the jeepney's final destination, so you must ask the driver if they serve your intended deatination.
Tricycles are useful for short trips. You may share one with other passengers to the same destination. Hail one at the terminal or on the street.
Ligñon HillA peak with a nature park at its summit offering panoramic views of the city and Mayon Volcano, and adventure activities like ziplining.
Kapuntukan HillProvides a view of the Embarcadero, the Legazpi Port District, Albay Gulf, and Mayon Volcano.
Albay Gulf Landing Monumentaddress: RawisBuilt in 1995 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Landing of the Allied American Forces in Legazpi City.
Japanese Tunneladdress: EM's Barrio South, Albay DistrictAn L-shaped tunnel used as an arsenal by the Japanese Imperial Army during the World War II. It measures long and around deep below the ground.
Legazpi City MuseumIt showcases the heritage and culture of the city and of Albay
Liberty BellA bronze bell installed in 1945 by the American liberation forces. It is enclosed within a dome-shaped concrete structure with the inscription, “Whenever oppression knocks at your door, feel free to ring this bell”.
Cathedral of St. Gregory the Greataddress: Albay DistrictThe episcopal seat of the Diocese of Legazpi, it was first built by Spanish missionaries as a wooden chapel in 1581. The present church, designed by then governor Don Jose Ma. de Peñaranda, was built in 1839 using volcanic rocks.
St. Raphael the Archangel Churchaddress: Port DistrictThe original church was built in 1834 under the auspices of Pedro Romero, but was destroyed during the liberation of Legazpi by Allied forces in 1945. A more modern church was rebuilt in its place. Notable features include an altar table made of a single block of hardened lava rock.
Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrineaddress: BuraguisIt features life-sized depictions of Stations of the Cross and a huge statue of the Virgin of Guadalupe at the summit.
Our Lady of Fatima Churchaddress: Imelda Roces AvenueA modern church with a semi-circular nave built in 1999.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish ChurchThe mission house of the Redemptorist congregation.
St. Jude Thaddeus Parish Churchaddress: Lapu-Lapu StreetBuilt in 1965 to serve the Filipino-Chinese community.
Peñaranda Parkaddress: Albay DistrictHas a statue of Jose Maria Peñaranda, the first governor of Albay. Around the park is Legazpi City Hall, Albay Capitol and St. Gregory the Great Cathedral.
Robinsons Supermarkets.Has one outlet in Legazpi.
LCC Mall Legazpi
address: Brgy 37 (Bitano) CapantawanA 140,000-m² mall, which also hosts the central bus station.
Mid-rangeLCC Mal nearby Lapu-Lapu Street has several vendors that sells some Filipino menu, just like fried bangus with rice, fried chicken with silog.
Find out in the cafes within Embrocadero and having dinner towards the sea.
Blue Lightsaddress: Vicotry Village Legazpi CityGreat ambiance and good crew!
Magayon Hotelphone: +63 52-4807770, +63 9107881144 (Cell phone)address: Penaranda StreetFan single room with cable TV. Outside bathroom.
Catalinas Lodging Housephone: +63 52 4807841address: 96 Penaranda Street.Single fan rooms with shared bathrooms. Old but clean.
phone: +63 52-4800365, +63 9055186076address: 040 brgy 11 MaoyodFan dorm beds in a room with 4 beds per room. A/C dorm beds in a room with 6 beds.
Great Pacific Innphone: +63 52-82006348address: Rizal StreetSingle fan rooms have their own bathroom. The single rooms have no windows and are very small.
Anvil Bed & Breafastphone: +63 52-4808886, +63 9159585180address: 241 Oro StreetFan double room. No window.
Bicol Traveller Innphone: +63 52-4801380address: Bariada Road BitanoSingle fan room outside bathroom. Rooms are very small, with no windows.
J Y Tourist Innphone: +63 52-4811777address: Rizal Street & Vinzons Street.Fan rooms only.
Rex Hotelphone: +63 52-4805489address: Penaranda StreetSingle fan rooms. You must pay an additional for cable TV.
R M J Apartellephone: +63 52-4801145, +63 9175589100 (cell)address: Imperial Court. Rose StreetA/C double room with bathroom and cable TV.
Salvador Manor De Legazpiphone: +63 52-4802330address: 153 Washington DiveA/C double room with bathroom.
Siville Innphone: +63 52-4812883address: 667 Vibal StreetFan double rooms with bathroom.
phone: +63 52 480 8088address: Rizal StreetIt is a 3-km drive 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. Amenities include Essences Spa, Salon Mye, a fitness center, and a kiddie activity room.
phone: +63 52 480-5555address: Gov. Forbes St. corner Rizal St., BaybayAll rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, widescreen high-definition LCD TV with cable channels, complimentary wireless internet access, bathroom amenities and hair dryer. 24-hour room service, concierge, massage service (by arrangement), laundry service, 24-hour security, business center with Internet access for email, secretarial services, and fax.
phone: +63 52 4810801address: 653 Capt. F. Aquende DriveA few minutes from the domestic airport. 32 rooms and suites individually equipped with modern amenities like cable TV, individually controlled air-conditioning, a telephone, and Internet access.
phone: +63 52 480 3377address: Tahao Road, Airport DistrictA/C suites equipped with LCD TV with cable channels and unlimited Wi-Fi access. Function rooms, Wi-Fi access in public areas, massage services and airport transfer.
phone: +63 52-742-8888address: Taysan Hill, Sto. Niño VillageA/C suites equipped with TV with cable channels, executive work desk, IDD/NDD telephone and high-speed broadband Internet access. Airport transfer, wireless Internet access, infinity pool, spa, fitness room/gym, business center, car rental, and city transfer.
- Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital. Rizal Street. Phone +63 52-4830636. (DOH Hospital).
- Bureau Of Immigration Legazpi Office. Door 3 Blst Building Rizal Street.