Cagayan is a province in the Philippines situated in the Cagayan Valley region occupying the northeastern section of Luzon. Its capital is the City of Tuguegarao.
The province has a land area of 9,398.07 square kilometers or 3,628.62 square miles. Its population as determined by the 2020 Census was 1,268,603. This represented 34.42% of the total population of the Cagayan Valley region, 2.04% of the overall population of the Luzon island group, or 1.16% of the entire population of the Philippines. Based on these figures, the population density is computed at 135 inhabitants per square kilometer or 350 inhabitants per square mile.
Situated in a narrow valley in the northern tip of the Caraballo Moutain Range, Sta. Praxedes awaits visitors to explore its rocky and white sand beaches, coves and waterfalls. Aside from nature-based adventure, Sta. Praxedes is also known for ‘gamet’, a seasonal seaweed known for its bold umami flavor. Looking for something exciting? Head to Sta. Praxedes today.
Considered as the “Coastal Paradise” of the North, Claveria takes pride in its Sta. Maria Eco-Park where travelers can commune with locals, and learn about their culture and heritage. Drive along the boulevard, delight in their fresh seafood, chill along the shores, and live the beach life in Claveria!
Sanchez Mira is a perfect place for those who seek gastronomic and nature fun and adventure. Delight in their local dishes such as the suman latik, and tinola sa buko to name a few. Head to the seaside and savor oyster fresh out of the water. Care to sweat or get wet? Visit the sand dunes, Minanga River or take a refreshing dip into the falls.
River cruise on floating cottages, beach camping, bonfires, and waterfalls are just some of the touristy features of Pamplona. Learn about fishing traditions, local cuisine, winemaking, and a whole lot more. Make new friends with the hospitable people of Pamplona. Remember to tag along your travel buddies to make the trip extra memorable.
The municipality of Abulug lies between the municipalities of Ballesteros and Pamplona on the Northwestern part of Cagayan along the China Sea. Tulug, the original name of Abulug had been a flourishing fishing village long before Don Juan Salcedo sailed to the mouth of Abulug River in 1572. In 1629, the name "tulug" was changed into Abulug, including two barangays of Totol and Capitana.
It is a typical Ybanag town. The immigrating Ilocanos had contributed to a large extent to the progress of the town.
The small town of Ballesteros is bursting with little things and simple pleasures that warm the heart and lift the spirit. The miraculous Sto. Niño and royal bibingka are some of the small wonders of this town.
Nestled in a river delta and facing the coast of Babuyan Channel, Aparri is the gateway to the Northern Philippines. International trade took place in the town in the 14th century with our Chinese and Japanese neighbors. Aparri is also famous for its aramang, surfing spots, rich culture, and amiable people. If you crave a different experience, then Aparri is a must-see!
Camalanuigan is home to the oldest bell in one of the Philippine’s earliest churches. It is also home to having the most intact Spanish horno in the country. Known for the warmth of its people, Camalanuigan is an emerging tourist destination with so much to offer.
Hailed as the second top grosser in rice production in Cagayan Province, Allacapan is a place for those who want to experience authentic farm life. Immerse yourself not just in rice, but coconut farming, and go loco as you discover how they make organic coco jam.
A relatively young municipality, Lasam unfolds as a promising destination in Cagayan. Besides making one of the best tinupig in the country, Lasam also celebrates homegrown creativity and talents. Discover food, local music, and nature on your next visit to Lasam.
Known as Tabang, Cabarungan, Faire before, Sto. Niño has gone through a lot of transformations. Amidst all the changes, the Itawes and Ilocano heritage remained deeply embedded in its cultural fabric. Discover local culture, remnants of the past, and natural wonders when you travel to Sto. Niño.
Rizal brims with rich culture and heritage. Seek refuge in the quiet surroundings of the Malaueg Botanical Church. Savor the delicious kakanin as you discover how they are made by the locals using heirloom recipes. Enjoy the great outdoors and relax with friends and family. If you long for a time away from the city, Rizal is the place to go to.
The pilgrim town of Piat is a living exposition of history, culture, and culinary adventure. Home to the Our Lady of the Visitation of Piat, the town offers a glimpse of the conversion of Cagayanos to Christianity. Get to know Catholic faith as you get to know the delectable ‘pawa’. Go around town and immerse yourself in the local scenery as you discover Piat from another perspective.
Tuao is an abundant homeland nestled in the valley and hills between the Cordilleras and Sierra Madre, and can be traversed by the Chico River. Discover Cassily Lake and visit charming ancestral houses. The happy people of Tuao invite everyone to share the town’s bounty, and retreat to its laid back vibe over a cup of tsokolate paired with sinabalu.
Solana was named after former Governor-General Antonio Urbiztondo Marquez Dela Solana. Did you know that Solana means a ‘sunny spot’ or ‘sunroom’ of a house? Yes, and without a doubt, Solana lives up to its name for the warmth of its people, and the sunny places you can go to. Each place you visit evokes many beautiful recollections and a longing for homecoming.
Considered the Peanut Capital of Northern Philippines, Enrile is more than inspired to open its natural wonders for everyone’s taking. Apart from visiting the peanut farm, discover Enrile’s rich culture and heritage as you drop by the well-preserved ancestral houses, or cruise along the Carague Lake and immerse in nature’s beauty.
A melting pot of cultures, Tuguegarao City is the center and curator of cultural exchanges and heritage. It links the past and present to its historical sites, architectural landmarks, parks and museums. There is so much more than just a plate of hearty pansit batil patong, or a bite of that infamous garlicky Tuguegarao longganisa. Hop in a kalesa and discover more when you visit Tuguegarao!
Peñablanca is home to rich natural resources, culture and history. Enrich your knowledge about humans when you visit Callao and check out the site where the remains of Homoluzonensis were found. Go beyond the usual and explore falls, cruise along rivers and seas, and trek new heights as you get to know its welcoming people. Rediscover Peñablanca today.
With abundant red clay soil and artisanal pottery makers, Iguig has been known as the “Pottery Center of Cagayan.” It is also known for its deep Catholic faith, larger-than-life expression of the Passion of Christ, and remarkable architecture.
Home to the indigenous Itawes and Ilocanos, Amulung offers adventure and culture. Explore Pinicon Falls, play the singko-singko stringed musical instrument, observe the Panyong rituals, go on a river cruise along the Cagayan river, and check out their antique church bells. There’s a lot of things happening so come visit Amulung and experience what it has to offer.
Baggao is for the adventurous. With its caves, falls, rivers, canyons and hot springs, and even Isabela Oriole, you will never run out of fun here in Baggao. If you and your friends are up for some extreme adventure, then Baggao it is.
Alcala lives to tell about its heritage, entrepreneurship, and conservation of its natural resources. The captivating scenarios, Church, farms, milk candies, and colorful landscapes all endear people to visit and discover Alcala.
Likehow Nassiping got its name from the confluence of Chico River and the Cagayan River Gattaran is the result of merging the earlier pueblos of Gattaran, Nassiping, and Dummum. With colorful history, Gattaran offers culture and adventure.
Lallo is teeming with both colorful history and contemporary way of life. It connects the past and present, and the eastern and western territories of the Cagayan Province. Check out old churches, savor different clam-based dishes, and go on a nature trip. There’s a lot awaiting to be discovered when you set foot in Lallo.
The renaissance town of Buguey has its own peculiarities that propel this town to progress. It takes pride in its iconic old church, natural resources that attract adventure travelers, and culinary tourism from sea to tree that appeal to food enthusiasts. There’s one for everyone!
Santa Teresita is a land of many discoveries. The recent explorations of its many caves and cave systems make Cagayan the spelunking paradise of the North. Sta. Teresita also prides itself as a potential destination for textile enthusiasts for its natural fiber, ‘bakong’. Whether you are an adventure seeker or a fabric connoisseur, amazing discoveries await you at Sta. Teresita.
From its uplands to the plains and seas, the coastal town of Gonzaga takes pride in its natural resources. Gonzaga has cream, black, and rocky beaches, protected coral reefs, and its volcano Mt. Cagua. All these are a sure hit for the adventure travelers.
Santa Ana is an exquisite beauty that goes beyond your imagination. Its beautiful and incredible coves and islands, virgin mangrove forests, fine white, cream and black sand beaches, high rocky cliffs, streams and cascades, fresh seafood, and the warmth of its people draw travelers to visit, and come back to Santa Ana for more. If you love long road trips, then Santa Ana is definitely worth the ride!
With its unexploited beauty and countryside charm, Calayan Island is definitely worth the long land and sea travel. Bask around its verdant rolling hills and be captivated by the panoramic seascapes. Discover waterfalls, blue clear waters, and underground pools. Walk along its powdery white sand, frolic along the shore, indulge in fresh coconut and seafood, or just have a meditative afternoon by the beach. There’s always something happening in this island paradise!