La Union covers 1,504 square kilometers of land area. Not all of its popular tourist spots are grouped into a few municipalities, though. So we traveled almost 2 hours more to reach Luna from the grapes farm in Bauang (around 48 kms). Add in traffic on your time on the road as many public schools (which is commendable) are located along the highway. Waze had been so efficient in La Union so don’t fret on following its directions.
Baluarte located in Luna, La Union, is a centuries-old fortress. This was restored for only a few months back on April 2017 after being roughly destroyed by Typhoon Lando in 2015. Our photos show the watch tower’s new look as we have found it on November, 2017. You can still find plethora of photos of the old watch tower before and after Typhoon Lando. It looks like a cake, right? The damaged version looked like a round birthday cake purposely sliced by one angry playmate.
Baluarte Watch Tower used to serve as a fortress of Spain (Philippines colonizers for 333 years) against pirates. Check on the map again. It’s our country’s border on this side of the archipelago and I’m really raving about that fact!
More than just pieces of stones with a historic past and purpose, it’s now serving this part of La Union as a tourist spot. It proves to be an unexpectedly spectacular background for family photos. The bluer than blue skies of La Union, is undoubtedly a big part of that awesomeness.
We saw bunches of friends and family trying to “set camp” by laying down their scarves on the concrete floor, leaning on the tower itself. They looked like they’ll be spending the next few hours in what little shade they can find as the sun revolves around the tower. I can’t blame them as Baluarte supervises over a spectacular view of sea and sky. If it isn’t your trip, though, and I can understand because of the scorching sun, I’m afraid there really isn’t much to do here. After feasting your eyes with the view, the only thing you can do is to contribute to the local’s small (a bit non-relevant) tourism attempt at love locks (Php150).
Don’t worry as La Union still has a lot to offer.
One tourist attraction close to Baluarte Watch Tower is the Stone Hands Gallery which you might want to check out, too, for your Family Trip to La Union, given that you’re in the vicinity already.