Saturday, March 25, 2017

15 Things to Do in Abra (And How to Get There)

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When you hear about Abra, what’s the first thing that comes to your mind? Perhaps, you’re thinking of the “unsafe” reputation of this province. But come to think of it, those “dangers” were all in the past. The place is now secure especially for travelers. So, if you’re planning for another adventure here in the Philippines particularly in Luzon, Abra is one of the top picks that travelers choose because of its mysterious image and hidden gems that can only be seen here. (Read: Achievement Unlocked : Visited All 81 Provinces in PH)



Here are the 15 best things you can do in Abra:

Piwek Rock Formation. This is probably one of the highlights when you visit Abra. It’s a natural rock formation located in Tineg River. The challenge of going here includes hiking, river crossing, walking down the rough rocks, and a long jeepney ride.



Victoria Park. Located in Cassamata Hill, Victoria Park gives you an overlooking view of the province of Abra.



Don Mariano Marcos Bridge. This bridge is one of the steel bridges you will pass by when you take the Abra to Kalinga national road. The towns you can visit are Dolores, Langangilang, and Tayum.



Tangadan Tunnel. One of the famous landmarks in Abra where in you can experience an adventure down the 40 meters tunnel.



Abra Provincial Capitol. Abra's Provincial Capitol is not as grand the other capitols you see around the Philippines but it is something you should see when you visit Abra. It is located in the town of Bangued.



Apao Rolling Hills. From Tineg River, you will pass along this mountainous area in Apao where you’ll see the beautiful rolling hills. It’s a breathtaking spot with high elevation and foggy atmosphere.


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Kaparkan Falls. This is a must-see attraction in Abra that showcases terraced water falls within Tineg. However, you would want to check out the place during rainy seasons for a more impressive look.



Pagting Falls. If you can’t visit Kaparkan Falls, this is the best alternative. Pagting Falls is a two tiered waterfall located in Bangued. The fun experience is climbing the sides of the waterfall to reach the upper level.


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Calaba Bridge. This 900-meter long bridge extends through the popular Abra River. It’s one of the longest bridges in the Philippines where you can witness the rocky side of the province.



Gabriela Silang Shrine. After Tangadan Tunnel, this is the place to visit. Gabriela Silang, a Philippine revolution’s heroine, is actually a local of Abra.



Bangued Cathedral. The cathedral sits just a few feet away from the Provincial Capitol. Beside the cathedral is its old convento which has now been converted into a school.



Tayum Church. The Santa Catalina de Alejandria Parish Church, populary known as the Tayum Church is a 19th Century Baroque church located in the town of Tayum in Abra Province. It is about 10-15 minutes away by tricycle from the town of Bangued.



Our Lady of Peace Church. Located in the town of La Paz, west of Abra River, is a cetury-old Our Lady of Peace Church. It is about 20-30 minutes travel by tricycle from Bangued.



San Lorenzo Ruiz Shrine. This cemetery chapel of Bangued was built during the 19th century. It is a brick chapel with twin belfries and triangular pediment.


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Food trip. A must-try when in the province is Abra's pancit miki. It is made of miki noodles flavored with pork broth and annatto seeds (atsuete).



How to Get There

From Manila, you can ride Dominion or Partas bus to reach Abra’s capital, Bangued. Once you’re there, you can ride a tricycle to visit nearby towns and tourists attractions. But if you’re using a private vehicle, you can reach Bangued within 7-8 hours from Rizal Park/Kilometer Zero. Use the Manila North Road, TPLEX, SCTEX, or NLEX when going to Abra. You can follow the road signs if you’re not familiar with the area or study the directions via Google Map. Enjoy the sceneries as you take a long road trip to the beautiful city of Abra.

Where to stay in Abra? Recommended hotels to stay in the capital town of Bangued. Please click the name of the hotel below to check the rates and availability.
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