A Weekend in Antipolo: Recreational Opportunities on This Side of Rizal

Antipolo is among the hottest neighborhoods of 2020. In the latest trend report from Lamudi, the city ranked fourth in the list of most popular provincial cities in the country, the second in Southern Luzon. What’s in Antipolo that attracts homebuyers? 

Well, they say you’ll learn a lot about a real estate hotspot just by spending a day in it. If you’re keeping Antipolo in your options for your next home address, take time to visit this side of Rizal and enjoy these recreational activities:

1. Immerse in Art

One of the city’s gem hotspots is the Pinto Art Museum. You’re most likely familiar with this tourist destination because of its all-white Instagrammable walls, open-air galleries, and charming gardens. More than the picture-worthy backdrop, the art pieces are, of course, the main visual treat. You’ll find plenty of murals, sculpture, and paintings from Kawayan de Guia, Nona Garcia, Raffy Napay, and other artists. The regular ticket price is at P250.

2. Pamper Yourself

Another favorite tourist spot in Antipolo is Luljetta’s Place Garden Suites. It’s a relaxing paradise, where you can get a spa, sleep to a nice massage, and use a sauna and jacuzzi. Lounging around the pool area, you’ll be treated to a majestic view of the Sierra Madre Mountain Range. The greenery all around can instantly put you in calm mode. Imagine having a house and lot in Antipolo near this relaxing paradise.

3. Satisfy Your Palate

Antipolo is dotted with so many good restaurants, which is why a visit to the city means going on a food crawl. Go “around the world” on your food trip. Start with Southeast Asian meals in Crescent Moon Cafe, then jump to Chives Bistro and Market for some Asian-European dishes. For some Swiss bites, visit Vieux Chalet. Finally, go back to traditional Filipino food in La Travieza. If good food and good views are what you’re after, some of your best choices are Tahanan Bistro Antipolo, Yellow Lantern Cafe, Cafe Lupe, and Cloud 9.

4. Drop by the Beautiful Churches

Aside from restaurants, Antipolo is famous for its age-old churches. It’s a pilgrim’s site during Holy Week, with devotees going up the city. Visit the Antipolo Cathedral, home to the 17th century image of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage or the famous Boso-Boso Church, which was built in the 1500s. Aside from historic places of worship, you’ll also find churches that have seen countless weddings through the years, including The Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and St. Therese of the Child Jesus Diocesan Shrine and Parish. 

5. Connect with Nature

Although Antipolo is a city, it’s full of nature hotspots that inspire curiosity and exploration. The most famous falls in the vicinity, Hinulugang Taktak, allows tourists to enjoy the relaxing sounds of gushing waters. Last year, the tourist destination had different leisure facilities perfect for those looking for the adrenaline rush: spider web platform, hanging bridges, and a climbing wall. While your kids and teens are busy being daredevils, you can take a dip in the swimming pool or lounge around the nearby cottages.

6. Take a Science Field Trip

Another nature park you can visit in Antipolo is PACEM Eco Park. Here, you can have a throwback to your elementary science lessons, as the destination features a museum that displays framed collections of different kinds of butterflies and seashells. The kids will surely love the mini zoo, butterfly sanctuary, and treehouse at the main eco park. If you’re eyeing to take some souvenirs with you, buy some of the fresh produce from the park’s organic garden and be inspired in creating your own at home.

7. Explore the Mystical Cave

If you want to take that educational adventure to the next level, pay the Mystical Cave a visit. This popular tourist spot in Antipolo is believed to be sacred as the stalagmite and stalactite formations create holy images. While it’s eight storeys deep, only the first floor is allowed for tourists. 

There’s no doubt that Antipolo is a destination for leisure enthusiasts. But it could also be the perfect home for you. Spend a weekend in this city as you consider your must-haves in your next home sweet home. It may just give you a glimpse of the wonderful lifestyle you can experience.

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