VIGAN CITY TRAVEL GUIDE |LIST OF HOTELS, TOURIST SPOTS, HOW TO GET THERE
Vigan City is one of the top tourist destinations in the Philippines found in the Ilocos Region. Its establishment can be traced back to the 16th century and considered as the most intact planned Spanish colonial town in Asia.
The architecture of Vigan City manifests the mixture of cultural elements from the Philippines, China, and even Europe.
The well preserved Calle Crisologo paved with cobble stones….-Vigan City Travel Guide
TOURIST ATTRACTIONS AND THINGS TO DO IN VIGAN CITY, ILOCOS SUR
VIGAN CITY HERITAGE HOUSES
Vigan City is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site because of the preservation of almost 200 houses, and various structures that brings any tourist in the past era. Most of the old houses in Vigan City are still used by the descendants of the original owners while others were converted into museums and galleries.
Riding a calesa can be more fun when visiting Vigan City – Vigan City Travel Guide
CALESA RIDE FOR A MORE AUTHENTIC TOUR IN VIGAN CITY
Visiting various UNESCO Heritage Village would be more dramatic when you ride the Cales (horse-drawn carriage). The latest price I knew was PHP 150/hr (this might have increased already). Before taking the Calesa it would be best to negotiate first with the driver and choose one that is Department of Tourism accredited. One Calesa can bring up to four (4) persons.
Take time to mess your hand with clay at the Pagburnayan – Vigan City Travel Guide
“Burnay” an earthen wear jars made from Vigan is very popular among local and foreign guests. The Burnay Industry can be traced back to pre-colonial times brought about by the China immigrants who settled in Vigan. This art of making Burnay using clay fashioned into a desired shape by skillful hand of the potter. After which the pieces are placed inside a kiln made from bricks and clay.
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The Calle Crisolo evokes a different charm during night time – Vigan City Travel Guide
The most popular tourist spot in Vigan is the Calle Crisologo. The 500-meters street running along 5 blocks is a display of a rich culture and antiquity. The street is paved with cobblestone matching the heritage houses lining on both sides. No modern vehicles are allowed to enter the street except for the Calesas. Walk along Calle Crisologo during night time, the place has a different charm when the sun is out. Dining along the Street of Calle Crisologo is another exciting experience.
The Monument of Leona Florentino right in front of the museum – Vigan City Travel Guide
LEONA FLORENTINO HOUSE
Located at the beginning of Calle Crisologo is Leona Florentino House. The structure is the 1797 ancestral house of Leona Florentino, a respected literary figure in the Philippines. The structure also houses The Vigan’s Tourism Center. They also have the Cafe Leona which offers various authentic Vigan dishes and delicacies. Right in front, is a small park hosting the statue of Leona Florentino.
FATHER BURGOS MUSEUM
I’m sure you have heard about the “GOMBURZA”, an acronym for Gomez, Burgos, and Zamora. GOMBURZA were the three priests who were accused of supporting the rebellion during the Spanish time and were executed in Bagumbayan (now known as Luneta) by strangulation using a metal collar.
Visiting the Father Burgos Museum will illuminate in you the link between the Catholic religion brought by the Spaniards and the history of Vigan. The museum is the ancestral house of Jose Burgos and Florencia Garcia, Father Burgos parents.
The museum charges a minimal fee used for its maintenance and is open to the public from Tuesdays up to Saturdays, they close during lunch time. For larger groups you may schedule your visit during weekends and holidays.
The auhtor at Crisologo Museum – Vigan City Travel Guide
The century-old mansion turned into a museum is owned by Floro S. Crisologo. The tragic event in his life was the inspiration for opening the museum. Floro Crisologo was shot dead by an unidentified gunman inside the St. Paul’s Cathedral on October 1970.
The Crisologo Museum is open for public 7 days a week. No entrance fees are collected but donations are accepted for the maintenance of the place.
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The Syquia Mansion showcasing not only the memorabilia of President Elpidio Quirino but the elegant furniture and fixtures collection of the Syquia’s – Vigan City Travel Guide
SYQUIA MANSION OF PRESIDENT ELPIDIO QUIRINO
The Philippines’ sixth president, Elpidio Quirino was born in Vigan. The Syquia Mansion turned museum houses the extensive memorabilia of President Quirino as well as showcasing elegant furnishings and grand wooden furniture. The mansion is actually owned by his wife, Dona Alicia Quirino. The mansion hosted several President’s functions during his term as president.
Don’t forget to climb the Bantay Belfry to see the beautiful panorama of the place – Vigan City Travel Guide
It is said that the belfry which was built in 1591 was used as the watchtower of the place to know any attacks from the enemies. Any visitor can climb the tower and amazing vistas of the surrounding places.
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a portion of the beautiful landscape of the Baluarte – Vigan City Travel Guide
Another tourist attraction in Vigan is the Baluarte privately owned by Chavet Singson. From the complex, you will see Chavit Singson’s grand multi-storey house sitting on the hill.
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Another popular product of Ilocos is the Abel Iloco. This traditional woven product is known to be colorful and strong that is made from yarns of cotton or “sagut” sourced from various places in northern Luzon. The process of making the Abel labor-intensive and weavers must have the skills in manipulating the wooden handloom.
Vigan City’s Hidden Garden -Vigan City Travel Guide
The hidden garden is one place where people visit in Vigan. The garden also offers nice cuisines and delicacies.
The Dancing Fountain in Vigan City – Vigan City Travel Guide
EXPERIENCE VIGAN CUISINES
Empanada, kankanen, and longganisa… just a few of the iconic Vigan dishes. When visiting the historical city, don’t forget to try their cuisines offered in various establishments found at the place. Ilocano cuisines can be distinguished by the sweetness, sourness or saltiness of the food. For the adventurous travelers, the food stall or caridnerias in the Vigan Public market are a nice place for gastronomic adventures. Try the Vigan’s bagnet, longganisa, Ilocuscrispy dinuguan and pinakbet along with a bottle of basi or local sugarcane wine.
Another must try delicacies in Ilocos Sur is their Tinubong. Tinubong is a ground malagkit (sticky rice) stuck inside a bamboo. To eat the Tinubong, one must literally smash the bamboo to break it and eat what is inside.
Visiting Vigan City will never be complete without tasting its faved cuisines – Vigan City Travel Guide
Tinubong, Ilocos Sur’s native delicacy
WHERE TO STAY IN VIGAN, ILOCOS SUR
There are several Hotels and Inns found in Vigan City.
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TIPS WHEN TRAVELING TO VIGAN, ILOCOS SUR
- Wear your most comfortable attire when traveling.
- Visiting Tourist Attractions of the place may require some walking, it would be best to wear your comfortable walking shoes.
- You don’t want to get burnt by the heat of the sun, so wearing sunscreen is highly recommended.
- During my last visit I had a difficulty of finding one so to be sure, bring it before leaving your home.
- You might also want to bring a foldable umbrella, especially when visiting the place during the wet season.
- There weren’t much of mosquitos during my visit, but for those who are highly sensitive, just bring a small bottle of Insect repellant Lotion with you.
- You will surely take a lot of photographs during your trip, so don’t forget to bring your camera with extra memory cards.
- You will be hitting the road most of the time, so don’t forget to bring your power bank to keep your mobile phone alive.
- While drugstores are found in the area it would still be best to bring your own medicine especially if you have some maintenance.
GETTING AROUND VIGAN CITY
While the Calesa is a nice mode of transportation reaching quite a distant destination can be reached easily through a tricycle. It would be best to negotiate first with the driver regarding the fare before hopping in. Of course, the air-conditioned Van is very comfortable when visiting several places, especially during summer. Several Van for rent is available in the city. Just ask your hotel where to contact them.
HOW TO GET TO VIGAN CITY, ILOCOS SUR
There are buses traveling from Manila to Ilocos Sur such as Partas Buses, Dominion Bus Lines, Aniceto Bus, and Viron Transit. Travel time from Manila is approximately 8 10 hours covering 408-kilometer ride.
BUS COMPANIES CONTACT DETAILS:
PARTAS TRANSPORTATION COMPANY, INCORPORATED
816 Aurora Boulevard, Cubao
Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Telephone Numbers: +63 (2) 7257303 | +63 (2) 7249820 | +63 (2) 4101307 | +63 (2) 4145097 | +63 (2) 7251756 | +63 (2) 4162809 | +63 (2) 4146094
Vigan, Bus Terminal
Alcantara Street, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur, Philippines
Telephone Numbers: +63 (77) 7222933 | +63 (77) 7222935
PARTAS BUS SCHEDULE AND FARE (http://www.phbus.com/partas-bus/) as of 2017
Route: Cubao Quezon City, Metro Manila to Vigan, Ilocos Sur
First Class : 7:00 PM – Php 665.00
Deluxe : 10:00 PM – Php 805.00
First Class:10:00 PM – Php 665.00
DOMINION BUS LINES
Quezon Avenue, Vigan City – Tel. # +63 77 722-2084
Dapitan, Sampaloc, Manila – Tel. # +63 2 7414146
Candon – Tel. # (077) 742-6007
VIRON TRANSPORATTION COMPANY
Quinarayan, Narvacan – Tel. # +63 77 722-2053
Dapitan, Sampaloc, Manila – Tel. # +63 2 7416588
CANDON BUS LINE
Candon – Tel. # +63 77 742-6087