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About Tour / Sightseeing in Vigan


Ilocos is always a delight to visit. This northern destination offers travelers a delightful mix of history, culture, and thrills. From food trips to historical tours, there's much to experience and enjoy in this location.

One of the shining gems of Ilocos is the city of Vigan. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New 7 Wonders Cities, the capital of Ilocos Sur is like a blast from the past. It's one of the historic cities of the Philippines where one gets a feel of 16th century living. It features various carefully-preserved century-old structures that serve as remnants of the Spanish colonial period as well as several museums and galleries where one can immerse in a cultural and historical experience. If you've ever been curious about how the affluent people in society lived during the Spanish era, visiting Vigan is as close as you can get to reliving this period in Philippine history.

Another reason to visit Vigan is the amazing food trip which you'll get to experience. Vigan offers a wide array of authentic Ilocano cuisine. Enjoy bites of delicious Vigan longganisa, Ilocos empanada, and savor the crunch of the crispy bagnet when you go on a trip to this city.


Planning your trip to Vigan

Vigan is a destination that one can visit all-year round. However, if you want to make the most out of your trip to Ilocos, then it's highly recommended that you plan your trip accordingly in order the get the best out of your experience.

Vigan can easily be reached via a long drive or bus ride. It's easily accessible to tourists coming from the National Capital Region (NCR), which is why it's a favorite destination among city dwellers who want to escape their skyline views and travel somewhere unfamiliar.

If you want to experience the height of Vigan's celebrations, it's recommended that you come in time for their town fiesta celebration which kicks off every January 25. The town's patron saint is St. Paul the Apostle and in honor of his conversion, the city holds this event. Featuring street parades and street dances, it's one of the most vibrant occasions in the city. If you love spectacles and crowds, then you'll enjoy attending this wondrous event. Otherwise, you might want to avoid visiting during the week of the celebration.

Another time where you can catch Vigan at its liveliest is during the Viva Vigan Festival of Arts held every May 3. From musical and dance performances to a Santacruzan, there's lots to look forward to at this magnificent display of Vigan's culture and art.

But no matter when you decide to take your trip to Vigan, you are sure to have a marvelous and fabulous time exploring its various nooks and crannies. Even if you're just passing by this destination en route to other northern locations, it will just be easy for you to stop and take a look at what it offers. Even if you only have a day to see Vigan's wonders, you'll have plenty of time to see its wondrous offerings.


Sightseeing tours in Vigan

If you want a convenient way of exploring Vigan whether you have a strict or flexible itinerary, it's highly recommended that you avail of a tour. Booking a tour would relieve you of the hassles of having to plan your own itinerary of attractions to visit in Vigan. What's more, some tours even include private vehicle transfers from your hotel to the various spots included in the itinerary so you won't have to struggle with commuting from one attraction to the next.

A typical day tour in Vigan involves a mishmash of attractions that offer a variety of experiences for each traveler. From Spanish colonial houses turned into museums to art and nature encounters, Vigan has so much in store for its visitors.

A trip to Vigan is not complete without seeing Calle Crisologo. Featuring paved cobblestone steps dotted with Spanish-style heritage houses left and right that belonged to affluent mestizo families, this street offers you a glimpse of how the wealthy lived during colonial times. There are many stores along the street selling souvenirs from shirts and keychains to products made in Ilocos including burnay or earthenware, sukang Iloko and of course, delicious Ilocano cuisine such as longganisa¸bagnet, and empanada.

One must-see Spanish heritage house in Vigan City is the Syquia Mansion. What was once the ancestral home of the wife of the late President Elpidio Quirino has now been converted into a museum filled with various memorabilia dedicated to the sixth President of the Philippines.

A delightful addition to your tour is a visit to the Baluarte Zoo, where you'll get to see and interact with rare species of animals from tigers, deer, and various bird species. Owned by former Ilocos Sur Governor Chavit Singson, the property makes for a relaxing and educational experience that is perfect for nature lovers and families traveling with their kids.

Some tours also combine attractions of Vigan City with those of Laoag City and other Ilocos Norte towns for a day tour. If you're pressed for time but want to go on a tour to Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte for just a day, this is one of the best options you can have.

In addition to the sights and spots of Vigan, you will also enjoy what Ilocos Norte has in store for you. See the beautiful centuries-old church of Laoag City and its infamous sinking bell tower, marvel at the UNESCO World Heritage Site that is the Paoay Church and witness the exhibits at the controversial Marcos Museum and Mausoleum in the town of Batac.


A quick but memorable Ilocos tour

Ilocos' beauty requires more than one day to explore, but if you're just simply passing by or you're pressed for time, then you should definitely include Vigan in your itinerary for a tour.

For even just a day, you can enjoy the various attractions in Vigan, plus some of the sights in Ilocos Norte if time permits or if they are included in your itinerary. Look forward to amazing eats plus a dose of culture, history, and nature when you take a chance on a Vigan tour.