Antipolo is a first-class city and capital of Rizal. The city has a history that spans a handful of centuries. It has undergone a transformation from when missionaries formed a parish in the 16th century into a city home to hundreds of thousands of people.
The province is a famous eco-tourism destination because of the waterfalls and mountains you’ll find in it. However, for those who just want a relaxing day or two out, Antipolo provides attractions and things to do that will make time pass quickly. There are museums, old churches, nature reserves, restaurants and others that make it an ideal holiday or weekend destination.
These are some of the things to do and places to visit during your trip to Antipolo. The city has earned its reputation as a popular weekend and holiday destination from Metro Manila or nearby cities. It offers quaint cafes, natural attractions, and a vibrant art scene.
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Pinto Art Museum
The first thing that often comes to mind when one mentions a trip to Antipolo is “you must be going to the Pinto Art Museum, right?” Dr. Joven Cuanang founded the museum built on a principle of bridging various people and perspectives through art. The exhibits showcase not just art but also history. Visitors will see a collection of works that depict religion, historical events, and contemporary aesthetics. Artist Antonio Leaño designed the complex which is also a work of art. Many take pictures around the complex after viewing the galleries and exhibits.
Hinulugang Taktak Falls
If you’ve already been to Pinto Art Museum, reconnect with nature with a trip to Hinulugang Taktak. The area has been a National Park for a few decades now. Trails that lead to it have been developed and maintained to make it easy to reach. There are tables and gazebos making it a tourist-friendly destination. Cool off in the pool or under the cascade for a fun day out. You can take your family or friends to this waterfall because of its accessibility and developed facilities.
Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens and Spa
This garden enclave is perfect for city dwellers who want to get off the radar even just for a day or a few hours. Located in Loreland Farm Resort, Luljetta provides you with a beautiful setting and fetching overlooking views of the countryside. The mountainside pool is a great place to hang out and forget the worries of work and the fast-paced lifestyle of the city. Visitors can avail of the spa services which include access to the lounges, pool area, some food, massages and others. Luljetta is also a popular prenuptial shoot destination because of its ambiance and picturesque nooks.
Most Filipinos are Catholic not just on paper but also in practice. If ever you are in Antipolo, drop by the cathedral to say a prayer or light a candle. The church is a city landmark and part of its history. Many pilgrims go to the church during the Lenten season. Devotees say a prayer for a safe trip when they visit the Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage inside.
Mount Purro Nature Reserve
Located in Barangay Calawis, this nature reserve is a chill enclave that allows you to relax and unwind. This destination has scenic trails that take you through forested parts and scenic views. There are small gardens, quaint swings, and gazebos where you can stop and rest before exploring again. Take the route that will lead to Malvar’s Peak and the beautiful overlooking views. The reserve provides a variety of activities such as a play area, rope courses, a swimming pool, a zipline, and a river trek just to name some. There are accommodations that seamlessly blend in with nature. The rooms are well ventilated to allow the cool mountain air to weave in and out of them.
Antipolo is home to popular farm and nature reserve resorts. These enclaves provide the ideal getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life. One to consider visiting is Philipp’s Sanctuary. This destination mixes modern comforts and facilities with nature’s beauty. There are pools, game areas, lounges and activities that will fill your itinerary. Try ziplining, play billiards, go swimming, cross the rope bridge and go trekking, kayaking and others during your stay. The sanctuary has the facilities for team building events as well.
Crescent Moon Cafe
This café is a popular destination and some even make the trip from Metro Manila just to come here. Crescent Moon created an artistic ambiance for patrons with its colorful décor, open spaces, and pottery workshop. Try the unique dishes such as the fried catfish with green curry sauce, vegetable Indian curry, tom kha, alagao, and the pork belly with adobo mulberry sauce just to name a few. You can register and pay for a basic pottery class. Learn how to mold and make a clay work of art by taking this class.
Where to Stay in Antipolo
Antipolo has a number of hotels and resorts where you can stay from budget to luxurious. You can reach some of these by private or public transportation. Here are some of Antipolo’s top-rated hotels as reviewed by Agoda users (as of March 2020).
- Date and Dine Resort. ✅ CHECK RATES & AVAILABILITY
- The Citywalk Suites Apartment Inc. ✅ CHECK RATES & AVAILABILITY
- LeBlanc Hotel and Resort. ✅ CHECK RATES & AVAILABILITY
- RedDoorz Plus @ Altaroca Antipolo. ✅ CHECK RATES & AVAILABILITY