Barcelona Church | Things to do in Barcelona-Sorsogon

Barcelona Church in Sorsogon, Philippines | Photo by Mon Villaverde Barcelona Church in Sorsogon, Philippines | Photo by Ludwig Diesta Barcelona Church in Sorsogon, Philippines | Photo by Mon Villaverde Barcelona Church in Sorsogon, Philippines | Photo by Mon Villaverde
Built in 1874, St. Joseph Church, popularly known as Barcelona Church, is one of the oldest churches in the Bicol region. A well-preserved heritage site, the façade, the bell tower, and its surrounding walls are the original structures whose construction did not involve any cement nor steel work. Instead, the materials used were coral rocks plastered with a mixture of beaten egg whites, tuba (a type of local wine), and lime. Also within the church's vicinity are two other historical ruins from the Spanish era. The first is the Presidencia Building, which had the dual purpose of being the town's seat of government as well as a fortress to guard against Moro raids. Opposite it is a stone building that used to be a school for the Ilustrados, or society's affluent class. These three structures are located by the coastline of Barcelona, Sorsogon, along the Pan Philippine Highway. A small park was developed by the local government to better promote the site as a tourist attraction.
Open: Everyday, 8am-5pm. Open on holidays.
Address: Pan Philippine Highway, Barcelona, Sorsogon
Fee: Free
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Nearby attractions

Buenavista Beach
4.93 km away

Gubat Bay is Luzon's emerging surfing destination, and its stretch of beach facing the Pacific Ocean is the town's hub of everything thrilling. Its sandy bottom is perfect for beginners while its uncrowded line-up attracts more experienced surfers. The area is blessed with decent-sized swells all year long, but still the best time to play is during Amihan season from October to March. Board rentals, lessons, and basic accommodations can be availed at the two surf camps in the area: Lola Sayong Eco-Surf Camp and Buenavista Surf Camp. On the other hand, those who are more inclined to just laze around the beach would also find this spot enjoyable. The shoreline of Gubat Bay is several kilometers worth of palm-fringed white sand with a lot of greenery. There are days when the beach is empty of other tourists, and the best part about it is it's not at all hard to reach. Buenavista Beach runs along the Pan Philippine Highway, easily accessible by private and public transportation.

Orok Cold Spring Resort
11.45 km away

Douse the heat with a dip in the pool of Orok Cold Spring Resort, where clean water naturally flows from the surrounding mountains of Casiguran, Sorsogon. This literally cool spot is popular among locals for swimming and picnic activities with friends and family. For a minimal entrance fee of Php 20, one can already have access to the resort's basic but functional amenities. Cottage rental fee is at Php 100, while grilling stations are set-up for communal use. As a tip, go on a weekday to have a relaxing swim. On the flipside, go on a weekend to enjoy a pool party with the locals. Orok Cold Spring Resort is managed by the Casiguran Water District and is located in Brgy. Inlagadian, roughly a 45-minute drive from Sorsogon City.

Residencia del Hamor
11.54 km away

Residencia del Hamor is a luxurious retreat for those yearning for nature and wide open spaces. Situated on the foothills of Mt. Bulusan, this 19-hectare property has something to offer whether for special events, business, relaxation, or adventure. Its amenities include a clubhouse for special events, a spa, an infinity pool, a kids' pool, a river walk, and a playground. Activities include horseback riding and ATV riding, while still being developed are hiking and ATV trails to nearby Nagsipit falls. The resort has 25 villas that can each accommodate two to four persons. A modern version of the "bahay kubo", it is equipped with first-class in-room facilities, and in the case of premium villas, a private pool can be found right at its doorstep. Moving on to dining, the in-house restaurant serves traditional Filipino and Bicolano dishes made from locally sourced produce. For big groups and special functions, catering services can also be arranged. Residencia del Hamor is open to daytrippers and overnight guests. Despite its secluded location in Casiguran, Sorsogon, accessing it via public transportation is still possible. Alternatively, guests also can avail of the van service for their transportation to the resort.

Where to stay

Recidencia Del Hamor
Hotels and homes
11.54 km away

Recidencia Del Hamor is a sanctuary of calm sitting on 24 hectares of foothills of Mt. Bulusan featuring panoramic views of the mountains, providing the perfect retreat into nature. The stunning outdoors is surrounded by dense vegetation, virgin forest with a flowing river.

Casiguran, Sorsogon is a mere 2 hour trip from Legazpi International Airport, and is easily accessible via relaiable, convenient and affordable modes of transportation. A bus ride to Bulan or our private van can transport you to our resort.

Fernando's Hotel
Hotels and homes
19.63 km away

We are located right in the heart of Sorsogon City, an hour's drive from the Legazpi City Airport. Here you are just a few minutes away from the province's incomparable ecotour destinations, which showcase fantastic adventures such as Whaleshark (Butanding) Interaction the mystical Bulusan Mountain Lake and volcano climbing; scuba-diving, kayaking and other deep-sea adventures in white sand beaches like Bacon, Gubat and Prieto Diaz; island hopping to pink sand beaches of Matnog; or simply relaxing in natural hot springs and pools. Feast on the best and freshest seafood available locally. You can enjoy all these activities while staying in Fernandos Hotel!

Getting there and around

Pan Philippine Highway, Barcelona, Sorsogon

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