Whether it’s a long weekend or any other day for that matter, the northern region of Ilocos is among the provinces you should consider doing a road trip with friends. Not only is it a wonderful place filled with historical sites and amazingly delicious food, but it’s also jam-packed with attractions that you will enjoy with your friends.
Should they need some more convincing, here are 10 ways to get your friends to Ilocos.
Take a relaxing beach trip in Pagudpud - Pagudpud is considered one of the finest beaches in the country. Here you’ll find plenty of beaches and resorts to choose from should you wish to stay longer. With fine white sands and crystal clear blue waters, it’s one of the North’s hidden paradise.
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Take a trip back into Spanish Colonial Era in Vigan - It wouldn’t be a trip in Ilocos without visiting the famous cobbled stone roads and heritage houses in Vigan. The street alone is packed with historical and cultural museums and activities that you and your friends can ultimately enjoy and learn history from.
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Visit the Pagburnayan Jar Factory - One of the activities you can do in Vigan is to visit the Pagburnayan Jar Factory. There, you and your friends can learn the centuries-old art of producing jars. It’s also among one of the last few remaining jar factories in the region.
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Learn about Bangui Windmill - The Bangui wind farm provides for 40% of the Ilocos Norte Electric Cooperative's supply, which powers up an estimated 108,000 households. It is the first of its kind in Southeast Asia.
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Check out the Bantay Church Bell Tower - Bantay Church Bell Tower served as a good vantage point for the natives of Ilocos to see approaching enemies during the Spanish reign and World War II. Situated on top of a hill, it is one of the best places to get a magnificent view of Vigan.
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Spend the day at Baluarte - Who says zoos and theme parks are for kids? Baluarte Resort and Mini Zoo is an interactive park where you’ll get to see all sorts of wildlife and ride different attractions - perfect for all ages.
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Zipline at Ilocos Sur Adventure Zone - If you’re looking for a more thrilling adventure in Ilocos, then this sports and recreation facility is certainly the place you should visit. Ilocos Sur Adventure Zone offers plenty of adrenaline-pumping activities like a giant swing, kayaking, ziplining, and rock climbing and rappelling at the rocky Banaoang mountains.
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Visit St. Augustine Church in Paoay - The Paoay Church is among the historical sites in our country that was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. With its combination of Baroque, Gothic, and Oriental style, it has stood the test of time since its construction in 1694.
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Have your fill of Ilocos Empanadas - The Ilocos region is also known for its local cuisines and delicacies. Among which is the famous Ilocos Empanada. Though you can easily order empanadas all across the country, nothing will surely beat eating it where it first originated.
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Be amazed by the Dancing Fountain Show at Plaza Salcedo - Plaza Salcedo features an outdoor light and water show that’s comparable to those you might see in other countries. During the nighttime, the fountain area gets filled with tourists who come to witness a spectacular show of bright laser lights that illuminate the square with a matching water display to make the entire show one to remember.
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Planning to visit the great north? Consider staying in any of RedDoorz hotels within Ilocos. Our hotels within the province are located near most attractions including these places on this list, making your trip easier and better. Plus, with our HygienePass certification, you can rest assure that you and your friends are safe during this time.
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