Tagaytay: the City I Love
Tagaytay is a city like no other. No neon lights but only the stars in the sky. No towering skyscrapers but only houses on the hills. No subways but only horseback riding. Nature and serenity abound in this city.
Situated at the elevated part of the province of Cavite and overlooking Taal Lake, Tagaytay City offers fresh air and a relaxed quality of life. It also gives a breathtaking view of Taal volcano, the smallest in the world, which is one of the factors for Tagaytay’s fertile soil. You’ll find plenty of flowers, fresh vegetables, and fruits sold along the highway.
There are a thousand reasons why I love this city – the beautiful landscape, the cool weather, the natural breeze, and the delectable food. Most of all, it brings a sense of peace and solitude to the heart. It comes as no surprise why many residents from the capital of Manila drive an hour or more to Tagaytay City just to have a picnic or enjoy a sumptuous meal at one of the city’s restaurants.
There are three things you can do when you visit Tagaytay:
- For the active travellers, you can ride your bike downhill to Taal Lake or ride a horse in one of Tagaytay’s park. You can visit the Picnic Grove or near Josephine’s Restaurant for some horseback riding. Others can play golf in Tagaytay Highlands.
- For food lovers, you can choose from the many restaurants and eateries built at the side of the hill giving you a beautiful view of Taal Volcano and Taal Lake. You can taste the delectable offerings at Antonio’s, Manos Greek Restaurant, Josephine’s, or Bag of Beans. The bone marrow soup at the local market is also a must-try.
- For those seeking peace and quiet, you can stay overnight in one of the Bed & Breakfast inns or go on a spiritual reflection in one of the retreat houses there or simply enjoy an afternoon at a flower and plant garden. One of the popular destinations here is Sonya’s Garden.
And the favourite place where I often spend a weekend in Tagaytay is Casa MaRa. It’s my home away from home. The rustic house, decorated with capiz shells and wood, gives a feeling of simplicity. The pineapple plantation across the house makes it even homier as if I was living on a farm.
Life in Tagaytay may be slow. But it must be the number one reason I love it more. It just makes me forget about the fast-paced life in the capital. It reminds me that I should always stop and smell the roses.
This is my submission for the ‘3 Things in the City’ I Love contest by Velvet Escape, Traveldudes and Wimdu.