Provinces

Abra Province

Abra Province
Written by Patrick

ABOUT

Abra is a landlocked province of the Philippines in the Cordillera Administrative Region in Luzon. Its capital is Bangued. Its deep valleys and sloping hills are enclosed by rugged mountains, except in the Western portion where the Abra River flows towards the coastal plains of Ilocos Sur.

LOCATION

Abra

Coordinates: 17.5951° N, 120.7983° E View Map

FAST FACTS

The following are a few useful and interesting details about this province.

Province:
Abra
Location:
17.5951° N, 120.7983° E | View Map
Year Founded:
1901 or 1917
Capital:
Bangued
Area:
4,165.25 km2 (1,608.21 sq mi)
Population:
251,000
Density:
58/km2 (150/sq mi)
Division:
Cities & Towns:
None
Demonym(s):
Abreño/-a
Elevation:
2,454 m (8,051 ft)(Mount Bangbanglang)
Time Zone:
PST (UTC+8)
Zip Code:
2800–2826
Area code:
+63 -(074)-XXX-XXXX
Electricity:
Standard voltage is 220V.
Plug commonly used is Type A but Types B and C are used as well.
Bring A to B adapter(s).
Currency:
Philippine Peso (PHP)
Exchange Rate:
Approximately 1 USD = 50 PHP | click for exact exchange rate
Income Class:
Third Class
Religion(s):
Roman Catholicism is the dominant religion of the people
Language(s):
Ilocano, Tinguian, Isneg, Tagalog, English
Known For:
Horses and Abra River
Major Industries:
Agriculture (rice, corn, root crops, coffee, tobacco, and coconut)
Climate:
Tropical
Best Time to Visit:
January until June and October until December
Clothing:
Casual light clothing: shorts, t-shirt, sandals. Light jacket and pants at night, at higher elevations, and boating.
Seaport(s):
None
Bus Terminal(s):
COMING SOON
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CLIMATE

The climate in this province is known as a local steppe climate. During the year there is little rainfall. The Köppen-Geiger climate classification is BSh. In Abra, the average annual temperature is 20.1 °C. In a year, the average rainfall is 345 mm.

The best time to visit the region Abra in the Philippines is from January until June and October until December, when you will have a warm temperature and limited till mediocre rainfall. The highest average temperature in Abra is 32°C in April and the lowest is 28°C in January.

The most appropriate clothing for this province is casual light clothing: shorts, t-shirt, sandals. Light jacket and pants at night, at higher elevations, and boating.

READ MORE: Climate & Weather in the Philippines

CITIES & TOWNS

Abra Province Map

The Abra province is divided into 27 municipalities:

  • Bangued
  • Boliney
  • Bucay
  • Bucloc
  • Daguioman
  • Danglas
  • Dolores
  • La Paz
  • Lacub
  • Lagangilang
  • Lagayan
  • Langiden
  • Licuan-Baay (Licuan)
  • Luba
  • Malibcong
  • Manabo
  • Peñarrubia
  • Pidigan
  • Pilar
  • Sallapadan
  • San Isidro
  • San Juan
  • San Quintin
  • Tayum
  • Tineg
  • Tubo
  • Villaviciosa
 

ISLANDS

None

POINTS OF INTEREST

The following is a list of points of interest relating to the Abra province: 

  • Abra River
  • Bangued Church
  • Boliney Hot Spring
  • Don Mariano Marcos Bridge
  • Kaparkan Falls
  • Kimkimay Lake
  • Libtec Underground River
  • Lusuac Spring
  • Pinaing Sacred Stones
  • Pinsal Falls
  • Sibud-Sibud Cave
  • St. James the Elder Cathedral
  • Victoria (Casamata) National Park

FESTIVALS

The following is a list of festivals celebrated in Abra throughout the year:

  • Arya Abra Festival (2nd week of March) – Bangued
  • Tingguian Festival (March) – Bangued

FAQs

The following are the most frequently asked questions about the Abra province.

Where in the Philippines is Abra located?

Abra is located on Northern Luzon.

Is Abra a city or province?

Abra is a province.

What is the Capital of Abra?

The capital of Abra is Bangued.

What is Abra famous or known for?

Abra is famous or known for Abra River, Abel fabrics, and horses.

How do I get to Abra?

There are several ways to get to Abra, the most common being from Manila:

  • Bus | 5 hours | $11
  • Taxi | 3.25 hours | $75-$95
  • Drive | 3.25 hours | $21-$35

You can fly to an alternate airport, however the time will be approximately the same, but the cost will be significantly more.

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How many islands are in Abra?

There are NO islands in Abra. The province of Abra is land locked.

Is Abra safe?

Abra is generally VERY safe for locals and tourists.

Is the climate the same as the rest of the Philippines?

The Abra province has tropical climate with two distinct seasons – dry and wet. Dry season occurs from November to May while wet season starts from June to October. To learn more about the various climate types in the Philippines, and for a Climate Map, click the link below …

READ MORE: Climate & Weather in the Philippines

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About the Author

Patrick

Patrick is an entrepreneur, digital nomad, explorer, and photographer. Patrick is always in search of fun and adventure. He is well travelled throughout the world, and although location independent, his home base is Phoenix, Arizona in the USA. Patrick loves island lifestyle which is no wonder why he is so interested in spending time in the Philippines with it’s over 7,000 islands. Patrick created this site to share his knowledge of and experiences in the Philippines with Filipinos as well as other foreigners.

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