Sleeping Lion Hill


The view that holds everyone’s attention in Legazpi is of Mt Mayon, but there’s another beautiful panorama many visitors miss: the pretty port of Legazpi itself. Legazpi Blvd, behind Embarcadero, leads directly to Sleeping Lion Hill, located near the waterfront. Its rump-ish rise does bear a vague resemblance to a snoozing cat. The 30-minute ascent goes up a rough path and culminates in a great view of the waterfront and nearby islands.

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1. Embarcadero

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4. San Gregorio Cathedral


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5. Ligñon Hill Nature Park

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For one of the best panoramic views of brooding Mt Mayon and the city, head up Ligñon Hill. It’s a steep, but paved, 20-minute walk up the hill; tricycles…

6. Daraga Church

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7. Cagsawa Church & Ruins

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8. Hoyop-Hoyopan Cave

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