La Union is already one of the top of mind destinations for long weekends and summer in the Ilocos Region, but its innate culture and evolving lifestyle continues to give both tourists and locals more reasons to love it even more. With a vibrant coastal culture, rising agritourism and ecotourism destinations, fresh farm-to-table and modern cafe culture, and a cluster of rustic remnants of its Spanish colonial past, La Union keeps giving us reasons to love it even more – from the mountains to the shore.

Gapuz grape farms. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Fruit and organic farms. Bauang holds an interestingly unique circuit of grape farms such as Gapuz Grape Farms where you can pick your own grapes or walk through the picturesque vineyards. La Union also has a budding organic farming community such as the Lotus Valley Farm, which is a bee farm and wellness retreat resort located on what was once a balding mountain.

SIFCare-Curma. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Ecotourism attractions. Speaking of sustainability, La Union offers unique ways on how you can get involved with ecotourism activities. SIFCare-CURMA (Coastal Underwater Resource Management Actions) Hatchery, which gives volunteers a chance to take part in conservation activities such as beach patrols, hatchery management, and pawikan release. In Urbiztondo, the Clean Beach cafe gives out free glasses of house iced tea to those who participate in the weekly beach-cleanup organized by La Union Surf Club (they even provide you with a basket for your trash).

Tangadan Falls. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.
Simminublan Falls. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Wonderful waterfalls. Aside from the beaches that La Union is known for among surfers and beach bums, La Union is also filled with natural waterfalls. Go on and chase some waterfalls by adding Tuddingan Falls, Tangadan Falls, Balay Anito Falls, and Simminublan Falls to your La Union bucket list.

Baluarte Watch Tower. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Historical architecture. Like Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur, La Union has its fair share of intact Spanish colonial architecture. Peer into the past by seeing the 15th century Baluarte Watch tower in Luna, which looks out to the West Philippine Sea as it always has, serving as a lookout point to watch out for oncoming raiders, pirates and foreign invaders.

St. Catherine Alexandria Parish. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Religious landmarks. Whether it’s for the architecture and design or for faith, La Union’s has some places of worship worth seeing. Perhaps the most popular is the Basilica Minore of Our Lady of Charity (Agoo Basilica), whose baroque architecture and rich history makes it a popular pilgrimage site as well as the St. Catherine Alexandria Parish (The Shrine of Our Lady of Namacpacan), which was declared a National Cultural Treasure by the National Museum of the Philippines. In San Fernando, there also lies the Taoist Ma-Cho Temple in San  Fernando which is perched on a hill measuring around 70 feet above sea level.

Tinungbo cooking. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Fresh food finds – For confirmation if we may include some new recos (none in current POI list) and newer establishments that aren’t accredited since the smaller restos and cafes in San Juan and Urbiztondo are also part of the tourism appeal in the province.

Top Allan. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Scenic views. One of La Union’s lesser known scenic vantage points are its roads. Bilagan Road is a recently unveiled 10-kilometer road that winds upland into the Santol municipality. There are also several scenic viewpoints like the Kudlap View Deck that offers a panoramic view of Bagulin, and the Top Allan in Sudipen which has a swing set that frames the green hills against the distant shoreline. 

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