Bacolod – Home to the Sugar Industry and Diverse Cuisine

Image result for bacolod philippinesWhen I arrived at Bacolod in Philippines, it was a congested, modern city but there are certain historic landmarks and buildings as well as eateries to explore which make it unique. There are several places to go sightseeing as well from here.

City Definitions

Bacolod is known for the sugar industry that flourishes here; it also has a transport hub as well as food that are well known across the country. Though the city landscape might not appeal to many, there are certain historic landmarks that you can include in a sightseeing tour; there are nearby day trips to Silay, a historic district or Mt Kanlaon Natural Park that is worth taking up.

Historic Landmarks to See

I took a city tour here that comprised of several stops. These included the Negros forest that is also an ecological foundation. It is a zoo that preserves endangered animals, especially of the Negro community. There is also a Negros museum that showcases collections of toys of the plantation workers that are unique to see for sure.

Ruins of an Italian mansion, built in the early part of the 20th century is also worth seeing. It is surrounded by plantations of sugar that make it especially scenic. San Sebastian Cathedral is another place to stop by. I was impressed by the coral stone-based structure that was built in the 19th century.

Capitol Park and the lagoon is a gathering place in the city where it is scenic for picnics as well as for people to take strolls.

Eateries around Town

In the city, I discovered several eateries with unique cuisine to try. For instance, Tyrol is a favorite haunt of several expats here and Austrian food is on the menu here. Pala Pala is a restaurant known for seafood in the city and is a must-visit. Malaspina Inasalan is another where street food, mainly barbeque items are available. Manokan Country is an open-air restaurant where I enjoyed chicken inasal, oysters and cheap beer.

Antalya – The Highland City

Related imageThe city is named over the coastline it is based on. The city is surrounded by the western coasts of the gulf and looks absolutely adorable with the transparent blue waters. The city is rich in its cultural and historical heritage. The city has to be traveled on foot as the streets and the lanes here are cobbled up and very narrow, it is mostly that only one vehicle can get out in one time, so for me, it was better on foot or if you get too tired, grab a bike. There are many beautiful beaches in this city that you can go and relax or have fun with your family. The sea breezes of the city keep the atmosphere very mildly cool, providing with near perfect weather to roam around.

Old Harbor

The city is housed around a bunch of low down cliffs and waters which gives the city a very iconic and incredible look to be visited and enjoyed. The old harbor is the most famously visited place in Antalya, it is filled with shops regarding every need a human being would require, starting from quirky cafes and restaurants to the parlors and shopping destinations it holds everything in this one place and being so close to the coastline, it also serves as the trading port for Antalya. You will love the quality and flavors of the seafood that is offered here by the restaurant, all of them spicy and intense. The most famous dish you can find here is falafel crumbled fish with caviar hummus; the dish is very exotic and expensive but extremely worth it.

Hadrian’s Gate

Hadrian’s gate is one of the main tourists attracting offering Antalya could ever make. This is the entry to the high rise town of Antalya that is Kaleîcî. The walls on the gate have been preserved from the early centuries of the Romans and the Greeks. The walls are mostly grey and black colored and have engraved Islamic sayings in them. The ceiling of the gate is also carved with various names of the rulers that have defined the city to what it is today. The walkway from the gate is made of glass like a really small pull, it is exquisite.

Nandaime: This Hill Town Is Paradise

Nandaime comes under Nicaragua’s department of Granada. The place is not heavily populated and most of the population is comprised of young adults and teenagers. The name of the city literally translated to a place of abundant streams. The population is mostly Catholic and Easter, Christmas, etc are major events around the city. The most common and favorite game among the residents of this area is “baseball”.

We stayed at the Hotel real la Merced which cost us roughly INR 2500 per day. It is a beautiful historic inn. It is situated just near the Sor Romeo’s birthplace. It is just 5 minutes walk away from the church of Nuestra Senora Le Das.

We witnessed the residents of this place who mostly engage in folk dances which are rooted in the town. Some other forms of dances like a dance of bird, the owl, and the siren are also practiced during religious festivities. The people also enjoy the running of the bulls but in a different manner from the Spanish method. The most typical and famous Nandaime is the Baile of the Devils. The weather of the area remains quite sturdy throughout the year with an average rainfall of about 1200-1400 mm.

We also visited one of the most famous tourist places in Nandaime is the hill Las Banderas which is located extreme north of the city. Hiking is a very common activity on this hill. Another major tourist attraction is The Mombacho Volcano which is quite famous for various reasons like the access to infrastructure and the perfect location. The Mombacho Volcano has four craters which are covered with forest clouds. On the Mombacho Volcano, you can walk around or even hike around all of these craters. An abundance of trees, species, and plants can also be found here.