The Northwestern region in Luzon has always intrigued many tourists both locals and foreigners alike. Though La Union remains to be the most popular destination between the four provinces that encompasses this part of Luzon, Ilocos (Norte and Sur) is still considered somewhat of a mystery for most tourists. The travel time may have something to do about this.
But what if we told you that it’s precisely the journey that makes Ilocos one of the best provinces to visit for a road trip? Even with the opening of the Laoag International Airport, traveling to Ilocos via land is still very much worth it.
With sprawling forests and hills, ocean view and breeze, and quaint little towns as your background, the road trip may look unexciting but it is for this reason that makes going to Ilocos a good escape especially if you’re experiencing quarantine fatigue.
Once you get to Ilocos, however, that’s when the adventure starts and having a vehicle to go around will make this journey a lot easier. Here are some notable attractions and spots in Ilocos you should include on your list for this road trip.
Paoay Church (Paoay, Ilocos Norte) - Also known as St. Augustine Church, Paoay Church is a Spanish baroque-style built-in 1710. Its famous facade has been the background of many photos since its construction. It has since been declared UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Cape Bojeador Lighthouse (Burgos, Ilocos Norte) - Cape Bojeador Lighthouse was built to guide ships entering through the rocky Luzon coastline. Currently, it is the only running lighthouse in the country constructed during the Spanish era.
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Bangui Wind Farm (Bangui, Ilocos Norte) - The Bangui Wind Farm is known to be the first power generating windmill farm in Southeast Asia. Considered to be the town’s most popular tourist spot for its beautiful views, tourists cannot swim in Bangui Bay as the current is pretty strong and the water runs very deep.
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Pgudpud (Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte) - Called the “Boracay of the North”, Pagudpud is a coastal town located at the northernmost tip of Ilocos Norte. Though it is as beautiful as it, it has so much more to offer apart from its pristine coastline as it holds several windmills stretching towards Bangui’s. It’s also a favorite spot for surfers.
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Bantay Church and Belfry (Bantay, Ilocos Sur) - Bantay Church or also known as St. Augustine Parish Church in Bantay, Ilocos Sur is one of the oldest churches in the region which was constructed in 1590. Its belfry that sits atop of a hillside used to be a watchtower during World War 2 and has been a monumental witness to several uprisings.
Photo source: Red Breeze Travel and Tours
Baluarte Resort and Mini Zoo (Vigan, Ilocos Sur) – Looking for some wildlife adventure? Then you should visit Baluarte Resort and Mini Zoo in Vigan. Described as an interactive wildlife sanctuary, this tourist spot offers tourists a chance to see exotic animals like Bengal tigers, camels, peacocks, and more.
Photo source: Wikimapia
Calle Crisologo (Vigan, Ilocos Sur)– Of course, an Ilocos trip wouldn’t be complete without walking down the famous cobblestone streets of Calle Crisologo. Not only will you be taken back to the Spanish time with the ancestral homes, but this is also the place to go on a food trip.
Photo source: Wikimedia
Planning on a road trip to Ilocos? Here’s where you can have a safe stay with RedDoorz’ best prices:
RedDoorz Plus near Bangui Windmills entitles guests to an affordable and relaxing accommodation situated in Bangui, Ilocos Norte. The pleasant ambiance makes the property a great choice for travelers visiting the city.
Where: Baruyen, Bangui Ilocos Norte, 2920 Ilocos Norte, Philippines
Best Price: for as low as ₱ 1410.75
RedDoorz Plus @ Rio Grande de Laoag Resort Hotel Ilocos Norte is a budget-friendly hotel situated along the scenic Laoag Padsan River in Brgy. Suyo, Laoag City. The property is surrounded by beautiful forested terrain and a breathtaking landscape making it an ideal place for a relaxing weekend getaway, family vacation, conventions, team building, retreats, and seminar.
Where: Laoag, Brgy. Suyo Ilocos Norte, 2900 Ilocos Norte, Philippines
Best Price: for as low as ₱ 1320.00
Every corner of RedDoorz Plus @ Calle Crisologo Vigan is reminiscent of the past. It’s as if you’ve been taken back in time for the hotel is strategically situated in Calle Crisologo in Vigan, Ilocos Sur. This is the perfect choice if you are into exploring more of this place.
The property is close to cheap cafes, restaurants, and pasalubong centers where famous Vigan Longganisa can be bought.
Where: V. Delos Reyes Cor. Salcedo St., Vigan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines
RedDoorz @ Pantay Daya Vigan resides within the famous old city in the North of the Philippines. The budget-friendly hotel is ideal for solo travelers, backpackers, and the likes who want to explore Ilocos Sur.
Where: Pantay Daya, Vigan, Ilocos Sur, Vigan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines
Best Price: for as low as ₱ 849.00
Planning to visit the northwestern part of the country soon? Consider staying in any of RedDoorz hotels within Ilocos Norte or Ilocos Sur. Our hotels within the province are located near most of these restaurants 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 family are safe during this time.
For the most comfortable stays at budget-friendly prices, choose RedDoorz. Book your stay by visiting our website and downloading our mobile application now!