Bataan is a province in Philippines located in Central Luzon Region holding many interesting tourist spots. The province has plenty of historical landmarks to visit including monuments, markers, old houses, shrines and old churches since it played an important role in the history of the country (Battle of Bataan). For relaxation, outdoor activities and sightseeing destinations, it has a lot to offer such as nature parks, vast beaches and mountains.
The capital city of Bataan is Balanga City. The province occupies the entire Bataan Peninsula and bordered by the provinces of Zambales and Pampanga to the north. There are around 760,000+ residents in the province and they speak in mostly Tagalog, Kapampangan and English languages.
If you are planning to experience the beautiful places to visit in the province, below are the most-visited tourist spots in Bataan you may want to include (if not yet) in your travel list.
Top 10 Tourist Spots in Bataan
1. La Casas Filipinas de Acuzar
La Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is one of the best tourist spots in Bataan, an outstanding heritage resort perched by the sea. The resort features a very impressive collection of 27 heritage houses all over the Philippines from the Spanish-colonial period. These heritage houses (casas in Spanish) were dismantled, transported and reconstructed brick by brick, plank by plank in this 400-hectare property. Living in one of these noble-class heritage houses over the night comes with a golden price tag. Day tours are also available led by expert tour guides.
La Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is located in Barangay Ibaba, Bagac, Bataan. Take few steps back in the 18-century Philippines and experience the grandeur showcase of history and craftsmanship through this living museum of Philippine heritage.
2. Mount Samat National Shrine
Mount Samat National Shrine or Dambana ng Kagitingan (Tagalog term for Shrine of Valor) is one of the historical landmarks in Bataan, a tribute to the fallen Filipino and American soldiers who fought gallantly in the World War II known as the Battle of Bataan. It is a 73,665-hectare National Shrine built on 1970 located near the summit of Mount Samat. The shrine consists of a marble-clad Colonnade and a huge Memorial Cross. Inside the Colonnade are an altar, glass murals, inscribed narratives of the battle and collection of items from WWII. An open area in the Colonnade provides a panoramic view of Bataan but the viewing deck at the top of the cross gives even more interesting sights. The viewing deck that stretches in both arms of the cross can be reached through an elevator at its base.
Mount Samat National Shrine is located in Pilár, Bataan.