Abra Victoria Park / Cassamata Hill National Park - Best Holiday Destinations For This Year - Travel Philippines Now

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Abra Victoria Park / Cassamata Hill National Park - Best Holiday Destinations For This Year

Abra (Ilokano: Probinsia ti Abra; Tagalog: Lalawigan ng Abra) is a landlocked province of the Philippines in the Cordillera Administrative Region in Luzon. Its capital is Bangued, and is bordered by Ilocos Norte on the northwest, Apayao on the northeast, Kalinga on the mid-east, Mountain Province on the southeast, and Ilocos Sur on the southwest.

Abra for a long time had been a blank spot on the Philippine tourism map. It is often skipped due to news of killings and partly because of its location in North Luzon. It is sandwiched between two very popular tourist destinations - Ilocos in the west and the Cordilleras in the east. But now Abra is becoming one of the best tourist destinations with huge arrays to choose from, old churches, long bridges, mountain ranges, magnificent waterfalls, food and a lot more.

VICTORIA PARK, also known as CASSAMATA HILL NATIONAL PARK, is a protected area of the Philippines located in the municipality of Bangued, Abra in the Cordillera Administrative Region. The park covers an area of 57 hectares (140 acres) and was declared a protected area in 1974.

Its location in the southern limits of Bangued municipality by the Ilocos Sur-Abra road affords easy access to its residents. The hill itself is an easy climb via a winding road or on foot by concrete stairways. Visitors are rewarded with panoramic views of the small town below as well as the whole expanse of the Abra River valley flanked by the Cordillera Central and Ilocos mountain ranges. The 990 meter (3,248 feet) tall Mount Banti Goolong (also called "Sleeping Beauty" mountain by locals) is especially impressive from Victoria Park located in the summit of the hill. In addition to the park and mountain trails, Cassamata Hill also provides recreational facilities such as swimming pool, a hotel and an amphitheater. The park is also the site of a water reservoir and a shrine to the Virgin Mary. Perfect for a morning or late afternoon walk where you can watch the beautiful sunrise or sunset.

Here are some pictures of The VICTORIA PARK:

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