Vigan – Travel Back to Colonial Philippines
Travel back to colonial Philippines in Vigan, the capital city of Ilocos Sur and one of the very few remaining Hispanic towns in the country. Established in the 16th century as Villa Fernandina, Vigan is endowed with its timeless and well preserved beauty. It portrays an Spanish-era Philippines with its cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages called”calesa“, ancestral houses and old structures that have survived the war and stood the test of time.
Undoubtedly, Vigan has successfully preserved its heritage, getting the nod of UNESCO for inclusion in the prestigious World Heritage Site list in 1999 as a best-preserved example of a planned Spanish colonial town in Asia. Today, Vigan is a fusion of old and new, of east and west, of traditional and modern living. Experience the best of the Philippines in the Heritage City of the North – Vigan!
Things to Do in Vigan and Nearby Areas? Walk along the cobblestone street of Calle Crisologo and Calle Plaridel and admire its old structures. Visit the century-old St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral and Simbaan a Bassit. Checkout Crisologo Museum, Father Burgos Residence & Museum, Religious Museum, Leona Florentino Ancestral House, Fil-Spanic Friendship Park, Buridek Museum, Baluarte Vigan (Vigan Fortress), Hidden Garden, Plaza Burgos , Plaza Salcedo and Syquia Mansion. Experience jar-making at Pagburnayan. Try Vigan Heritage River Cruise. Watch the dancing fountain in Plaza Salcedo Lagoon. Shops for antiques and other native products. Watch the abel weavers in action. Swim and see the sunset at Mindoro Beach. Taste Empanada, Vigan Longanisa, Dinengdeng, Poqui-Poqui and other Ilocano delicacies. Visit the nearby St. Augustine Churh of Bantay and its detached belfy. Go to Magsingal Church, Belfry & National Museum. Dine in Cafe Leona, Cafe Uno, Bistro Amarillo, Granpa’s Inn Restaurant, Caferia en la Veranda, Caferia del Maestro or Gordon’s Hotel Garden by the Ruins. Buy Royal Bibingka, Vigan Longanisa and other pasalubong at Tongson’s Royal Bibingka. Drop by at the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Asuncion in Santa Maria, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Head to Laoag, Paoay, Burgos, Bangui and Pagudpud.
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