Tarlac is a province in the Philippines located in Central Luzon Region, an ecotourism destination in the country for its bountiful natural tourist spots. The vast plains and mountainous sides of the province are naturally decorated with rivers for white water rafting, mountain peaks for trekking and camping, and majestic waterfalls for swimming. Recreational parks and historical sites are also good for day tripping and sightseeing. Surely, Tarlac province can offer adventures and outdoor activities for its visitors.
The capital city of Tarlac is Tarlac City. The province is bordered by Pangasinan & Nueva Ecija (east), Zambales (west) and Pampanga (south). It is a landlocked province meaning there are no beaches in Tarlac. It has around 1.3 million residents and people speak in Kapampangan, Pangasinan, Ilocano, Tagalog and English languages.
The province has plenty of interesting places to visit not just a stop-over for people bound to the Northern Luzon to relieve themselves from the long travel. Below are the popular tourist spots in Tarlac you might want to include (if not yet) in your travel itinerary.
Top 10 Tourist Spots in Tarlac
1. Tarlac Recreational Park
Tarlac Recreational Park is one of the most popular tourist spots in Tarlac, a 78-hectare property managed by the local government that hosts outdoor and sports activities. The site successfully hosted two biggest sports events, the Central Luzon Regional Athletic Association Meet (CLRAA) on 2009 and the biggest sports event among national athletes, the Palarong Pambansa 2010. The huge facility also comes with plenty of outdoor activities like mountain biking, ATV and drone buggy riding, zip line, airsoft, rappeling, fishing, kayaking, swimming, camping and more. Surely a great destination for family bonding or barkada outing. Team buildings, special events and huge gatherings are also pinned here.
📍 Tarlac Recreational Park is located in San Jose, Tarlac.
2. Monasterio de Tarlac
Monasterio de Tarlac is one of the best places to visit in Tarlac, a peaceful and quiet monastery situated on top of a mountain surrounded with landscapes and greenery. It is where the iconic 30-foot statue of Jesus Christ stands and stretches both arms overlooking the woodlands and mountainous parts of the province. The main reason why people visit the monastery is to feel the presence of God and in addition, the Sacred Relic of the True Cross of Jesus Christ that is enshrined in the chapel.
The Sacred Relic of the True Cross of Jesus Christ refers to physical remains or fragments which are believed to be originated from true cross where Jesus was crucified. In the chapel, it is being protected by a golden reliquary where pilgrims would line up, touch it and cast their prayers. There were already many testimonials and miracles from people who have done a pilgrimage to the True Cross.
📍 Monasterio de Tarlac is located Mount Resurrection Eco Park, Barangay Lubigan, San Jose, Tarlac.