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Antique Travel Guide

Itinerary, Things to do, How to get there and more

One of the districts of Panay in the old times, Antique was called as Hantik because of the large red ants found on the island. Located in the Western Visayas Region, it is bounded by the provinces of Aklan, Capiz and Iloilo and faces Sulu Sea. Antique is composed of 18 municipalities and the provincial capital is San Jose de Buenavista, the most populated town in the province. Surrounded by mountainous estate and a rich expanse of coastal areas, Antique’s major industries are forestry, agriculture and fisheries. Antiqueños, the local residents, speak Kinaray-a language, one of the 13 most spoken dialects in the country.

Where to go in Antique

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Aningalan Strawberry Farm

Barangay Aningalan San Remigio, Antique, Western Visayas, 5714, Philippines

How to Get Here

Getting There
Via air: As of this writing, the Evelio B, Javier Airport in San Jose will resumes its operations after it closed down in 2007 due to lack of passengers. Philippine Airlines will open an Antique-Clark flight to service the province.

Anyhow, the easiest way is via land travel from Aklan or Iloilo. PAL, Cebu Pacific and Air Asia have daily flights from Manila to these provinces.

From Aklan: From Kalibo International Airport, take a tricycle going to Kalibo bus terminal and ride a Ceres bus bound for Antique. Travel time takes 4-5 hours.

From Iloilo: Once in Iloilo International Airport, ride a van going to Molo Terminal. From there, ride a jeepney or van bound for Antique. Travel time is around 2-3 hours.

Via sea: Antique can also be accessed through RORO ships in Caticlan Port (Aklan) from Batangas.

Popular Food

This is a soft, chewy and sweet candy made from sugarcane molasses, calamansi juice and sesame seeds. It is Antique’s version of tira-tira, a traditional local candy made from caramelized brown sugar.

(c) @resh_sasha_shen_salma / instagram.com

Binabak is river shrimps, pounded to bits, mixed with young coconut meat and ginger, wrapped in banana leaves and cooked by steaming.

(c) @coach_froilan / instagram.com

A viand made from sliced onions, tomatoes, spring onions and anchovies that perfectly goes well with hot fried rice.

(c) @docmingro01 / instagram.com

A famous delicacy in Tibiao is the native chicken stuffed with local herbs and spices called “chicken papisik”. It is cooked by placing it inside a dabahan (an earthenware pot made by the local potters) and is layered with rock salt and then steamed until the chicken is cooked.

This is Antique’s version of panutsa. Made from peanuts and covered with caramelized muscovado sugar.

What to Do

Taste the province’s delicacies
Antiqueños have their own peculiar way of cooking their delicious food. Their cooking is basically straightforward, but bursting with flavor. Try the different local fare – from meats, vegetables, seafood and sweets – all guaranteed to bring you to a different food adventure.
Experience kawa hot bath
A must try activity in the province is the popular kawa hot bath. Previously used in the sugar mill factories, these kawa, filled with enough water, herbs and flowers, are now being used as hot tubs which is very much ideal for relaxation.
See the beautiful “Antique Rice Terraces”
Antique is home to the 600-hectares rice terraces found in the remote area of General Fullon. Immerse in its refreshing and tranquil view whilst digging in the history of this laid-back province.
Witness the loom weavers in action
See the various handloom textiles made by the weavers of Barangay Bagtason. This barangay is best known for its colorful handwoven patadyong. These patadyong are also made into scarves, shawls, table runners, bags and wallets and are all on display at their site.
Enjoy the beaches
The province boasts of pristine, crystal clear beaches for all beach goers and sun worshippers out there. And the great thing about it, is that the beaches here are not crowded, making beach time more enjoyable and unruffled.