Ilocos Sur is a beautiful province that boasts amazing natural wonders and proud locals. But it is more recognized for being a place full of history and rich culture. It has successfully preserved much of its historic structures and villages, all of them still standing tall among commercial areas and districts. Ilocos Sur is one of the must-see places for tourists who want to understand the diverse culture and colorful history of the Philippines.
The capital city of Vigan is one of the most important historic destinations in the Philippines. It is one of the few Spanish-colonial towns left in the country. Walking around Vigan is a unique experience in itself. The old houses and mansions, the cobblestone-stoned streets, as well as the horse-drawn carriage known as the "kalesa" all take you back to a world only seen in Philippine history books and movies. This historic town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New 7 Wonders Cities.
Another UNESCO World Heritage Site is the Church of our Lady of Assumption or the Santa Maria Church. This grand church was built in the 18th century using brick and mortar. It stands on top of a hill to act as a fortress in addition to being a religious center. Visited by pilgrims yearly, it was also declared as a National Historical Landmark.
Aside from its historical attractions, Vigan is frequented by visitors for its delicacies like the savory empanada, garlic sausage or longganisa, and deep fried pork belly called bagnet.