Strung out along a high ridge overlooking stunning Lake Taal and the multiple craters of active Taal volcano, Tagaytay is a thoroughly absorbing town where you could easily spend a couple of days admiring the views, hiking the volcano, sailing on the lake and dining out in style.
About 600m below Tagaytay, Lake Taal and Volcano Island lie within a massive prehistoric volcano crater measuring roughly 75km around. This ancient crater forms Tagaytay Ridge, upon which the town is haphazardly draped like a set of Russian matryoshka dolls. Taal Volcano in turn encircles its own little crater lake, itself containing a small island.
Lying just 60km south of Manila, Tagaytay is everything the capital is not: cool, clean, gorgeous and oxygenated. The nature of the town changes dramatically on weekends, though, when the Manila hordes arrive and traffic jams appear.