Back in December 2, 1999, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur became part of the UNESCO World Heritage List. Now, how did this city gain that honor? It was thanks to the city’s unique Spanish colonial history, well-preserved Spanish monuments and edifices, and its thriving cultural heritage.
If you’ve decided to choose a Philippine travel destination up north, Vigan City is worth a visit, and this list is just right for you as we present some of the best tourist spots. So, put on your bakya or your most comfortable footwear, and step back in time to when it was quaint, romantic and truly magical.
Take an Early Stroll Down Calle Crisologo
Set your alarm to go off early, preferably just before the break of dawn. Get your camera ready, or even your sketch pads, notebook or pen — whatever your personal tool of artistry may be.
With the sun barely peeking over the horizon, you’ll find yourself along Calle Crisologo, sans the hustle and bustle of the tourist crowd, all shops still closed. At this time, the street is mostly quiet except for the sound of nature.
Snap away, or sketch, or jot down all the details you saw in your notebook. When the shops open, go ahead and satisfy your desire for souvenirs, antiques and hard-to-find jewelry. This is one magical moment that you’ll want to remember for the rest of your life.
Dining at Cafe Leona
This world-renowned restaurant was named after the poet Leona Florentino, known to be the Mother of Philippine women’s literature. Her ancestral home has since been converted into a busy restaurant, which all tourists visiting Vigan cannot afford to miss.
This is where you must eat the famous Vigan longganisa and bagnet, although their menu also carries a mixture of Filipino, Japanese, Italian and Thai cuisine.
Cafe Leona is just located along Calle Crisologo, so if you’re done with your dawn walk there, head on over here for breakfast.
Cruise Along the Mestizo River
Soak up the local history and get mesmerized by Vigan City – take in the River Cruise. It typically lasts 45 minutes as you float by five tableaus, each one telling a chapter of Vigan’s history: its discovery, to the conquest by the Spanish, to the present days.
This has got to be the most relaxing and beautiful visual history lesson you’ll ever get — something you may have missed in school. To get started, just visit the Ilocos Sur Tourism Office (it’s just beside Cafe Leona) and ask about the river cruise. Make sure to ask about the free shuttle ride to the river!
So, there are you have it, these are just some of the Philippine tourist attractions you can visit when you’re in Vigan City, Ilocus Sur. Of course, there’s a whole lot more where that came from. All you need to do is to explore all the sites and landmarks seen in Vigan. Just remember to plan for your trip properly for you to avoid any problems along the way.