Weekend Wanderlust: Embracing the Elements in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte

Ocean with Blue WaterA weekend road trip is a perfect way to unwind after a long week of hard work. When the wanderlust hits, self-drive rental car options in Manila, Philippines allow you to explore the hidden gems and not-so-hidden retreats the country has to offer.

Driving yourself gives you more freedom to explore compared to when you’re on a guided trip or sticking to familiar bus routes. You don’t have to limit yourself only to places around the capital. You can even drive as far north as Ilocos Norte.

Pagudpud, in particular, is a small coastal town in the province famous among local and foreign travelers for its beaches and other natural wonders.

Enjoy the Sun at Saud Beach

Saud Beach’s white sand beach and clear waters is a great way to relax after a long eight- to ten-hour drive to Pagudpud. As one of the town’s main tourist attractions, it’ll be easy to find inns and restaurants near the beach. Apart from beach resorts, the locals also open their doors to tourists for affordable homestay options.

Moreover, Saud Beach serves as a perfect jumping-off point to the other must-see tourist attractions.

Feel the Wind along the Bangui Coastline

The 20 huge windmills dotting the coastline of Bangui Bay is a popular tourist spot. It attracted over 191,300 visitors in 2010 alone, and the figure has only gone up since then despite not having been built as a tourist attraction.

The Bangui Wind Farm is the first wind power plant in the Philippines and Southeast Asia. It was built to minimize the region’s energy consumption. The 70-meter tall windmills now provide 40 percent of the electricity in the entire Ilocos Norte province.

Explore the Kapurpurawan Rock Formation

The Kapurpurawan Rock Formation just west of the Bangui Wind Farm is a must-see destination, especially for hikers. After a short drive on a dirt road, you’ll need to hike (or ride a horse) for several minutes before reaching the rock formation along the Burgos coastline. The picturesque beauty of the creamy white limestone formations makes the trip worth it.

Whether it’s a solo adventure or a bonding activity with friends, grab the chance to go on a road trip and leave all your stress behind. Take time to enjoy nature and reset your mindset for a strong start on your next work week.

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