Basco in Batan

Basco Lighthouse BatanesBasco is the capital municipality of Batanes. It is located on Batan Island, the second largest island among the Batanes Islands in the northernmost region of the Philippines.

Basco is known for its breathtaking views of the ocean and quaint structures great for photo opportunities. One of its landmarks, the Basco Lighthouse is a 6-story building with a viewing deck overlooking the whole of Batan Island. Another impressive structure is the Fundacion Pacita Batanes Nature Lodge, once the home of internationally-acclaimed artist Pacita Abad which was refurbished into a deluxe bed & breakfast.

Basco Batanes MapThings to see while in Basco include the Vayang Rolling Hills; reminiscent of Europe’s pasturelands, the Basco Church or Sto. Domingo Church which was built in 1812 and is one of the first limestone buildings built under the Spanish regime and Mount Iraya; a dormant volcano standing 1,517 meters above sea level that provides a stunning backdrop to this pristine island.

 

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