Quezon Photo: Johanna Kay L.

Quezon

Since it’s just three hours away from the busy streets of Metro Manila, the province of Quezon is growing to be quite the destination for Manileños.

Hikers and pilgrims alike flock to Mount Banahaw, an active volcano in the province. Mountain climbers visit it for the challenging hike that it provides, as Mount Banahaw can take anywhere from two to three days to climb. Meanwhile, pilgrims believe the mountain to be a holy place, as there are a number of spots in the area where one can sit down and meditate.

There’s also Mount San Cristobal. It’s known as the Devil’s Mountain to locals, due to its heavily forested terrain. A hike here can take one to two days to complete.

Thanks to its long shoreline, Quezon is full of wonderful beaches that you can explore. Polillo Island, for example, is a popular bird watching area but it also has a few beach spots where you can dive and snorkel. There’s also the town of Real, where you can learn how to surf. Lessons here will run you about ₱200 (US$5).

The province is also home to the St. Michael the Archangel Minor Basilica, found in Tayabas City. Apart from being one of the oldest churches in the country, having been built in 1585, it also has the longest church aisle at 103 meters (338 feet).

Quezon may not usually be the center of activity, but it does seem to come alive every May 15 because of the Pahiyas Festival. This festival celebrates the feast day of San Isidro Labrador, the patron saint of farmers.

During this time, houses everywhere in the province are decorated with colorful leaf-shaped rice wafers called Kiping. Usually there’s a contest in some of the towns to determine which house has the best decorations. Every year, tourists flock to the town of Lucban, in particular, to catch a glimpse of these colorful houses.

Before you leave, make sure to pick up some lambanog (coconut wine) and longganisang Lucban (garlic sausages), two of the most famous food products in Quezon.

Top Rated Restaurants in Quezon

  1. Rodillas Restaurant
    4.5 Stars
    Filipino
    42 Reviews View
  2. Arabela
    4.5 Stars
    Café
    27 Reviews View
  3. Palaisdaan Restaurant Lucban
    5.0 Stars
    Seafood
    10 Reviews View
  4. Ted's
    4.5 Stars
    American
    14 Reviews View
  5. Si Christina
    4.0 Stars
    Bakery
    17 Reviews View
  6. Kamayan sa Palaisdaan
    4.5 Stars
    Filipino
    14 Reviews View
  7. Buddy's Burger
    4.5 Stars
    Burger
    8 Reviews View
  8. Aling Taleng's Halo-Halo
    4.0 Stars
    Filipino
    11 Reviews View
  9. Calle Arco Restaurant
    4.0 Stars
    Filipino
    16 Reviews View
  10. Patis Tito Garden Cafe
    4.5 Stars
    Asian
    7 Reviews View

Top Rated Hotels in Quezon

  1. Balesin Island Resort Club
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    18 Reviews View
  2. Caliraya Resort Club
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    20 Reviews View
  3. Real Surf Resort
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    5 Reviews View
  4. Palm Beach Resort
    4.0 Stars
    Hotel
    12 Reviews View
  5. Blue Coral Beach Resort
    4.0 Stars
    Hotel
    9 Reviews View
  6. Casa San Pablo
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    4 Reviews View
  7. Bato Springs Resort
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    5 Reviews View
  8. Marikit-Na Beach Resort
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    3 Reviews View
  9. Bangkong Kahoy Valley
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    3 Reviews View
  10. Queen Margarette Hotel
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    4 Reviews View

Top Rated Places in Quezon

  1. Calaguas Islands
    5.0 Stars
    Great Outdoors
    54 Reviews View
  2. Kamay ni Hesus
    5.0 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    22 Reviews View
  3. Hulugan Falls
    5.0 Stars
    Great Outdoors
    22 Reviews View
  4. Balesin Island Resort Club
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    18 Reviews View
  5. Rodillas Restaurant
    4.5 Stars
    Filipino
    42 Reviews View
  6. Arabela
    4.5 Stars
    Café
    27 Reviews View
  7. Cagbalete Island
    4.5 Stars
    Great Outdoors
    22 Reviews View
  8. Pandin Lake
    4.5 Stars
    Great Outdoors
    16 Reviews View
  9. Caliraya Resort Club
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    20 Reviews View
  10. Palaisdaan Restaurant Lucban
    5.0 Stars
    Seafood
    10 Reviews View

Popular Areas in Quezon

  1. Lucena

    Lucena

    44 Places
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  2. Mauban

    Mauban

    13 Places
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  3. Lucban

    Lucban

    13 Places
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  4. Tayabas

    Tayabas

    9 Places
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  5. Pagbilao

    Pagbilao

    6 Places
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  6. Real

    Real

    5 Places
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  7. Dolores

    Dolores

    5 Places
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