5 Things to Do in Vigan

Immerse yourself in the culture and beauty of Vigan by doing these activities.

By Mathew S. Chan
January 22, 2015

Vigan is the capital of the province of Ilocos Sur. It is a World Heritage Site and one of the very few cities that still retain its roots from the Spanish occupation, having most of its structures preserved and intact.  It is also one of the New 7 Wonders Cities. This beautiful town has a lot to offer, so if it is your first time to visit, here are 5 things you can and must do:

1.    Explore Calle Crisologo.
If you want to experience a taste of life during the colonial period, you must go and explore Calle Crisologo. This cobblestone street is four blocks long with Spanish-style houses left and right. When you visit this place, you are instantly transported back in time and you experience the marvels of the time period.

2.    Visit  the Bantay Bell Tower.
The Bantay Bell Tower is the equivalent of the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Vigan. Tourists flock the site to get cleverly posed photographs that depict them interacting with the tower in various ways. The giant bell of the tower dates back to World War II, making it a historical relic that has gone through a lot in many years and yet still stands tall and proud.

3.    Eat longganisa.
Going to a new place means you get to try local cuisine and local delicacies. If you happen to be in Vigan, the dish that you just have to try is longganisa. It is what the region is known for, so their longganisa is extra special. You can have it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner without getting tired of it. At the end of your trip, you are sure to have at least 1 kilo with you to take home.

4.    Go souvenir shopping.
Vigan is probably one of the best places where you can bring home some very unique and beautiful souvenirs. Since it is a town full of culture and history, it has an abundance of jewelry and antique shops. You can go around and search for hidden treasures your can give to your friends or display on your home.

5.    Visit Chapel by the Ruins.
The Chapel by the Ruins is what remains of one wing of the St. Augustine Parish, one of the oldest Churches in Ilocos Sur and said to be a place where priests were imprisoned during the 1763 revolt against the Spaniards. Since then, it has been preserved and converted into a chapel where devotees can pray and worship. If you happen to be interested in old churches, these ruins are something you can’t miss. 


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