When you think about Ilocos Sur, we’re pretty sure that the first thing that comes to mind is the cobblestone streets of its capital city, Vigan. We can’t blame you, though, as it takes you back to the past with its well-preserved Spanish monuments, structures, and more. It’s because of this charm that Vigan is declared one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Apart from this, however, Ilocos Sur offers quite an impressive list of other sites that will surely interest anyone from adventure seekers to history buffs alike. For this list, we’ll give you more places you can visit when you do revisit Ilocos Sur in the future.
Archbishop’s Palace – Built during the Spanish colonization, Arzobispado Nueva Segovia is known as the last surviving Archbishop residence in the country. Its structure goes back to old Vigan ancestral houses with wide capiz windows and large entrance doors. There’s a museum within the palace that exhibits a collection of priceless archdiocesan archives, manuscripts, and relics.
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Padre Burgos House – You might be familiar with Padre Burgos from Philippine history as one of the 3 martyr priests during the Spanish era called GomBurZa. Born in Vigan, his birthplace is now a museum that is home to an exhibit and several collections that give visitors a look at how his life was.
Photo source: National Museum of the Philippines
Syquia Mansion Museum – This heritage building is the ancestral home of the affluent Syquia family. Built during the Spanish colonial period, it once served as the home of the late President Elpidio Quirino who married one of the descendants of Gregorio Syquia. Now, it’s a museum that features family heirlooms and artifacts depicting the lives of the family that lived there. It is also considered one of the oldest Bahay na Bato in the country.
Photo source: Syquia Mansion
Vigan Cathedral – St. Paul’s Cathedral in Vigan is one of the most famous tourist spots in the Ilocos region. This religious landmark serves as the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia. It is known for its Earthquake Baroque architectural style.
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Bantay Church Bell Tower – This once belfry that sits atop of a hillside used to be a watchtower during World War 2. It has been a monumental witness to several uprisings and possibly a favorite dating spot for one of our countries famous historical couple.
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Baluarte Resort and Mini Zoo – 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.
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Ilocos Sur Adventure Zone – For adrenaline junkies who are looking for some thrilling activities while in Vigan, you can check out Ilocos Sur Adventure Zone. Some of the activities you can try include kayaking, ziplining, rock climbing, and rappelling.
Photo source: Lakad Pilipinas
Calle Crisologo – Of course, it wouldn’t be a trip to Vigan 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.
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Ilocos Sur offers quite a spectrum of things you can do and places you can visit. No matter what you’re looking for in your travel, this province has it all. From historical sites to some beautiful natural spots and even some adrenaline-pumping activities, you won’t have a hard time filling your days. You might just even ran out of time and revisiting it is the only way you can experience more of what Ilocos Sur has to offer.
Planning to revisit Ilocos Sur soon? Then, don’t forget to book your stay with any of our RedDoorz Hotel within the province. You’ll find that we’re conveniently located near these tourist spots, making it easier for you to go and explore the city. Check out our list of hotels on our website for the most affordable and comfortable stay in Ilocos Sur.