A hidden gem in the north, La Union may be small, but it is a paradise for surfers because of its breaking waves and unique and authentic experience. However, a lot goes beyond the surfer’s paradise. Picturesque landscapes, lush forests, and stunning waterfalls are also part of the region’s charms that leave you breathless in awe.
Furthermore, it has a marvelous cultural heritage. The festivals and landmarks of La Union show off the province’s unique culture and traditions. A lot may be happening, but it is one of the greats.
Whether you love the waves and the food or want to look at historic areas, La Union has something to offer everyone.
Gapuz Grapes Farm
You have a good foothold on exploring La Union from any La Union hotels. Start with the Gapuz Grapes Farm! The farm is owned by a family in Bauang, La Union, and has unique grape varieties, which include the Black Ruby grapes and Delano grapes – seedless grape types. You can also do grape picking and farm activities there – a perfect family location.
You can also learn about the process of grape cultivation and get to taste fresh grapes. Should you want new grapes and other grape-based products, there is a store nearby where you can purchase them.
From November to May, the farm is open to the public – and the action is because it is La Union’s grape season.
Next up is Ma-Cho Temple! It is a Taoist temple in San Fernando. Mazu, also known as Ma-Cho, protects seafarers and fishermen. The temple’s architectural features have traditional Chinese elements, including colorful tiles and intricate carvings.
Photography lovers enjoy this spot because of its views. The temple has attracted visitors worldwide interested in Chinese culture and traditions.
You can offer prayers to Mazu and even get your fortune told by the resident fortune teller. Admission is free if you want a slice of Chinese culture and spirituality.
Situated in San Juan, Tangadan Falls is a famous eco-tourism spot. Tangadan Falls has crystal-clear waters – a refreshing summer escape for tourists and locals alike. The waterfall has three (3) layers, the first being the tallest.
There are also nearby cliffs that can leap into the deeper part of the pools. Swimmers need to have good swimming skills.
If you want to swim, you must know how to paddle and be cautious. You can go to Tangadan for 30 per person and a guide fee of 500 PHP.
One of the top tourist destinations in La Union, Pebble Beach has a long beach covered with pebbles in a wide variety of sizes. If you plan to dive into the waters, you should know how to swim or have an experienced swimmer nearby as your lookout. The waves are powerful, and you might get pulled into the deeper parts of the sea from the point.
It would help if you took a forty-five minute (45) jeep ride from San Fernando to Bacnotan, Balaoan Road.
We have rounded up some must-visit destinations in La Union! These spots can give you history, a nature-filled experience, fresh air, and historic and cultural gems. You must experience them to say you had a well-balanced La Union experience.
Deinah Storm is a freelance feature writer who loves to travel. She writes travel guides and reviews aiming to help fellow travelers achieve the most satisfying travel experiences.