San Pablo is known as the “City of Seven Lakes”, where bright-blue waters meet cloud-rimmed mountain peaks. A treasure trove of natural wonders awaits, along with its annual Coconut Festival and traditional Buko pie.
Things to do in San Pablo City
If you’re searching for tranquillity, plan a trip to Lake Pandin. Hike to the head of the lake and take in the exquisite views. Go for a swim, take a bamboo raft out on the water or embark on an exploration of the surrounding area.
Outdoor enthusiasts can head to the heart of the city, where Sampaloc Lake is located, and enjoy views of the lake and the extinct volcanic crater in the distance. It’s a great place for spending a lazy afternoon, so take a stroll around the lake, sit and people watch or check out the vendors and food stands.
If you’re looking to escape the sizzling heat, visit Bato Springs. Cool down in one of the four spring pools, relax and unwind beneath the waterfall or just sit back and take in the ambiance of the natural surroundings.
When you need a dose of culture, travel to Saint Paul the First Hermit Cathedral. This beautiful cathedral features a taste of Romanesque architecture with its impressive altar.
Getting around San Pablo City
From Manila, it’s less than a three-hour bus or train ride into San Pablo. You can drive the distance or take a taxi in about one hour. The most efficient way to get around San Pablo is to hire a jeepney or tricycle, but much of the area can also be explored on foot.