15 Best VIGAN TOURIST SPOTS (Ilocos Sur)


Known for its perfectly-preserved Spanish Colonial architecture and culture, Vigan, Ilocos Sur easily became one of the country’s tourism giants. Inviting millions of tourists not only from different parts of the country but the whole world!

This undeniably charming beauty of Vigan is exactly the reason why it has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites , all the more reason for you to visit it! Well, who wouldn’t want to experience traveling back in time, right? Imagine yourself at night walking along the cobblestone streets of Vigan City with rustic mansions and horse-drawn carriages or kalesa around you. And by the streets, you’ll spot local vendors offering some of the best Filipino dishes of all time such as Ilocos Empanada, Bagnet , and more. Ah, what a beautiful experience indeed. Well, I guess it’s your lucky day today because we’ll be exploring the 15 Best Tourist Spots in Vigan, Ilocos Sur, and its nearby provinces!

Are you ready? I sure hope you are because this will be one of the most memorable trips of your life. Let’s go!

1. Calle Crisologo

The first one on the list and probably the ultimate destination in Vigan City is the iconic Calle Crisologo which beautifully embodies the historic Spanish Colonial Era in the Philippines. With streets filled with timeless cobblestones, lines of rustic mansions, tungsten lamps, and horse-drawn carriages or kalesas dwelling on the streets, it will amazingly feel like you’re traveling back to the olden times when our national heroes like Dr. Jose Rizal, Andres Bonifacio, and Apolinario Mabini lived.

Although Calle Crisologo only spans a short 500-meter distance, walking along this historic half-kilometer street will certainly be the highlight of your trip. Well, on top of the fact that Calle Crisologo is included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site!

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Oh, and aside from admiring all the breathtaking attractions of Calle Crisologo, it’s also the best time to try out some of Vigan, Ilocos Sur’s finest treats and delicacies. There are lots of souvenir shops and local vendors stationed along Calle Crisologo selling all-time favorite snacks like Ilocos Empanada, Bagnet, and more! If I were you, I wouldn’t miss this chance to buy merienda and lots of pasalubong! CHECK THE BEST HOTELS IN VIGAN HERE

2. Bantay Church Bell Tower

Our next destination is considered one of the most significant historical and religious symbols of Ilocos Sur. The Bantay Church Bell Tower was built in 1591 and was originally intended to be the watchtower of the town of Bantay, Ilocos Sur.

For many centuries, the tower watched over the safety of the people living in Bantay and Vigan. It’s strategically located on top of a hill so soldiers would be able to have a great vantage point over the towns. Well, that also meant that tourists would have a spectacular view of the landscape today! It’s even believed in history that the Bantay Church Bell Tower was the favorite date spot of the famous couple Diego and Gabriela Silang!

Bantay Church Bell Tower

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Today, Bantay Church Bell Tower serves as the bell tower of Saint Augustine Parish Church, which are noticeably detached from each other. This is because the bell tower was constructed way before the church! Interesting, right? Anyway, make sure to take lots and lots of amazing pictures during your visit here to Bantay Church Bell Tower because it will indeed become one of the highlights of your Vigan adventure.

3. Vigan Cathedral

Another historically and religiously significant attraction in Vigan City is the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle or simply, the Vigan Cathedral. The reason why this cathedral became famous is that it’s a major part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Vigan City. Also, it serves as the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia, which covers the whole province of Ilocos Sur .

Vigan Cathedral

Tourists, especially pilgrims, make sure that they are able to visit and offer prayers during their Vigan City adventure. The Vigan Cathedral in itself is already a must-see attraction because of the architectural brilliance applied to the structure. It has an Earthquake Baroque style which also beautifully highlights the large buttresses on its side. Don’t forget to take some nice pictures as your remembrance!

4. National Museum of the Philippines | Ilocos Museum Regional Complex

If you’re interested in knowing more about Ilocos province’s rich culture and history, then dropping by the Ilocos Museum Regional Complex in Burgos, Vigan City should be the perfect choice for you. The museum complex is managed by the National Museum of the Philippines so everything is for free, better make the most out of it! There are two (2) major attractions here in the museum complex which are both prominent figures in our country’s national history. And they are both proud Ilokanos! First, is the Burgos Museum which holds the collection of Padre Jose Burgos’ life memorabilia, one of the 3 martyrs GomBurZa priests. Burgos Museum is actually the ancestral house of Padre Burgos so everything you’ll see around the museum were personal belongings and artifacts by the martyr priest himself.

The other one pays tribute to the 6th President of the Philippines, Elpidio Quirino. What was once the Ilocos Sur Provincial Jail turned into a special exhibit featuring some of President Quirino’s important memorabilia and historical items. Probably one of the highlights of this museum is the spectacular replica of President Quirino’s room featuring some of the actual clothes he wore during his time as president. I’m sure you’ll find it interesting wandering around the Ilocos Museum Regional Complex especially if you’re a certified history buff!

5. Chapel by The Ruins

Ah, there’s really something special about old and vintage buildings that makes us fall in love, right? Well, prepare to fall in love once you reach our next destination, Chapel by The Ruins! This serene and solemn place is actually located beside the Saint Augustine Parish Church, the same church where the famous Bantay Church Bell Tower is stationed.

Chapel by The Ruins

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It’s a really small outdoor chapel featuring stone benches and altars where you can quietly meditate and offer your prayers. Tourists visiting the church are usually invited to spend some time at the Chapel by The Ruins, especially after holy masses.

6. Pagburnayan Jar Factory

Diving deeper into the rich culture and traditions of Ilocos, you’ll discover the beautiful practice of making Pagburnayan or Burnay Jars. Originating in the small village of Pagburnayan in Vigan, Ilocos Sur, local potters utilized a hundred-year-old process of making durable clay jars.

Pagburnayan Jar Factory

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These villagers mastered the art and craft of baking, kneading, and molding clay into perfection. It’s also a good thing that these beautiful Burnay Jars are still being promoted thanks to the thriving tourism industry of Vigan. So make sure to visit a Pagburnayan Jar Factory during your Vigan adventure to learn more about making Burnay Jars and even buy lots of pasalubong for your loved ones.

7. Plaza Burgos

Up next, if you just want to sit back, relax, and watch the beautiful culture of Vigan City unfold right before your eyes, then the best place you should visit is Plaza Burgos. This important landmark pays tribute yet again to Padre Jose Burgos, one of the three Filipino priest martyrs, the GomBurZa. Visitors are also encouraged to wander around, learn more about Ilocos Sur’s grand history, meet wonderful people, and take awesome pictures!

Plaza Burgos

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The park is open for everyone and one of its wonderful highlights is the street vendors selling delicious Ilocos Empanada! Well, nothing tastes better than how the locals do it, right? So might as well give it a try!

8. Arce Mansion

If you want to dive even deeper into the rich and colorful history of Ilocos Sur, then visiting the famous Arce Mansion in Vigan City would be the best choice! Arce Mansion will give you an all-in experience of living during the vintage times of the Spanish and American Colonial periods. The mansion features authentic items and memorabilia from the periods and they also have excellent staff offering to give you a full-course service of traditional Filipino and Ilokano cuisine.

The catch? You have to choose a costume to wear during the whole experience! You can choose to dress like an Ilustrado, Prayle, Gobernadorcillo, or even a simple Indio. Classy, right? Make sure to take awesome pictures as a remembrance of your visit!

9. Syquia Mansion

Another spectacular chance to dive deeper into Vigan City’s history and culture is by visiting the Syquia Mansion. The entire mansion in itself is already a precious gem of Philippine History as it presents the perfectly preserved Bahay-na-Bato architecture which was dominant during the Spanish Colonial Era. Inside the Syquia Mansion, you’ll find breathtaking collections and exhibits of significant family heirlooms and artifacts of powerful Ilokano families, specifically the Ang Co family.

Syquia Mansion

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Visitors can also pose for pictures while wandering around the museum and inspect the grand traditional rooms inside the mansion. The best part? Entrance tickets only cost as low as P75 for regular adult customers!

10. Mindoro Beach

After exploring all the historical attractions of Vigan, it’s finally time to relax for a bit and focus our attention on the province’s natural wonders, right? On that note, our next destination is no other than Vigan City’s famous Mindoro Beach! Also known as the “Black Sand Beach of Vigan”, this laidback and relaxing beach destination faces the calm and dark blue waters of the West Philippine Sea. And as its iconic nickname suggests, Mindoro Beach is known for its beautiful, fine, black sands.

Mindoro Beach of Vigan

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What many tourists and locals chase in Mindoro Beach is the mesmerizing sunset as dawn arrives. You’ll notice more and more people get to the beach, unpack their things on the rented cottages, and simply enjoy their time as the sun graciously comes down. Surely, visiting Mindoro Beach will be one of the highlights of your trip especially if you want to have a breath of fresh ocean air!

11. Ilocos Sur Adventure Zone

Ah, right after a quick and relaxing aide trip to Mindoro Beach, it’s time yet again to take on another adrenaline-pumping adventure! Are you ready? Let’s go to the Ilocos Sur Adventure Zone! This famous attraction is not exactly located within Vigan City but it’s relatively near so adding it to one of your side trips to Ilocos Sur isn’t a bad idea at all. Nestled along the borders of Bantay and Santa, ISAZ features lots of extremely fun and exciting activities for everyone!

Ilocos Sur Adventure Zone

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If you’re an outdoor lover, I’m sure that you’ll have the best time engaging with rappelling activities, kayaking, zipline, and even Zorb Balls. There are also other watersports activities held on Abra River for extreme junkies out there! Oh, and aside from enjoying these extreme activities, visitors can also admire the architectural beauty of the Old Quirino Bridge and take awesome pictures while they’re at it.

12. Baluarte Resort and Mini Zoo

Up next, who wouldn’t want to meet exotic wild animals up close and even have the chance of safely interacting with them? Ah, that’s exactly what we’ll do when we visit the Baluarte Resort and Mini Zoo of Vigan City! This huge zoological park covering an enormous area of 100 hectares is owned by Chavit Singson, one of the biggest names in Philippine politics and the business industry. Baluarte is often dubbed as the “Home of the Big Cats in Vigan” because one of the highlights of the zoo is the majestic Bengal Tigers and many more animals such as sea lions, iguanas, pythons, and other species of birds and reptiles.

Baluarte Zoo Vigan Ilocos Sur

As years go by, Baluarte Zoo keeps on expanding and developing more attractions while taking care of these wild animals. The best part of visiting Baluarte Resort and Mini Zoo is that it has no entrance fee! Anyone and everyone can spend their day around the 100-hectare park and even enjoy a picnic with their loved ones while safely admiring the beautiful wild animals.

READ THE BLOG POST: Baluarte Zoo in Ilocos Sur

13. Crisologo Museum

After visiting the Home of the Big Cats of Vigan, we’re now off to explore yet another important piece of Ilocos Sur’s exceptional history, the Crisologo Museum. Inside the museum, you’ll find excellent artifacts, memorabilia, and pieces owned by the Crisologo Family, one of the province’s most prominent families in history.

Crisologo Museum

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Wandering around the two-story museum will make you feel like you’re traveling back in time as you admire several antique items and furniture. It would really be a fun and fulfilling experience for everyone, especially history buffs out there!

14. RG Jar Factory

As we’re nearing the end of our ultimate Vigan adventure, let me bring you to one of the best places to buy a souvenir from the province. Any guesses? Ah, that’s right! We’re heading to RG Jar Factory, one of the few authentic places left where tourists can witness how Burnay Jars are made and even try making their own. This is actually one of the fun and educational experiences you shouldn’t miss during your visit to Vigan. Here at RG Jar Factory, you’ll be amazed at how expert potters are able to turn simple clay into amazing pieces of artwork. There really are lessons on how to make these so better make the most out of it! Aside from that, there are also souvenir shops and vendors inside where you can buy delicious Ilokano snacks like the one and only Ilocos Empanada!

15. Have a Gastronomical Feast Featuring Ilocano Cuisine!

Ah, finally! You can say that we absolutely saved the best for last. After exploring and discovering Vigan’s most precious gems, our trip surely wouldn’t be complete without having a well-deserved gastronomical feast of Ilocos’ finest treats and delicacies, right? Now, there’s a countless list of must-try restaurants and cafès in Vigan City. And they all serve mouthwatering Ilocano dishes featuring some of the all-time favorites like Bagnet, Vigan Longganisa, Pinakbet, Sinanglao, and many more!

Vigan Empanada

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So if you’re planning to have a feast and taste some of these amazing dishes, here’s a list of our recommended restaurants that you should visit. Make sure to drop by Irene’s Vigan Empanada, Calle Brewery, 1995 Studio Cafè, and of course, the iconic Casa Lourdes located at Calle Crisologo itself!

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Wonders of Vigan: 17+ VIGAN Tourist Spots + Things to Do

Vigan City is a charming city that will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. You can walk across cobblestone streets, surrounded by ancestral houses during the 16th-century Spanish-colonial period, or take a kalesa ride across town. It is also one of the six Unesco World Heritage Sites in the Philippines and also one of the New7Wonders Cities . This city in Ilocos Sur receives hundred thousands of visitors annually, some here for overnight experiences while others are on a day trip from exploring the nearby Pagudpud and Laoag areas.

The most popular attraction in Vigan City is Calle Crisologo, but stay longer and you’ll discover the rest of the wonders of Vigan. Here we’ve compiled the best Vigan tourist spots and things you can do in this heritage city.

Note : As of May 2023, a few of these Vigan attractions are still under re-construction due to damages from a strong earthquake the year prior, including Vigan Cathedral and Bantay Church Bell Tower. Arce Museum, Syquia Museum, and Ilocos Sur Adventure Zone are also temporarily closed. Please check their respective pages for updated information.

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1. Calle Crisologo

2. vigan cathedral, 3. bantay church bell tower, 4. vigan city museum, 5. ilocos museum regional complex, 6. plaza burgos, 7. eat ilocos empanada, 8. pottery making, 9. visit other house museums, 10. visit a bagnet farm, 11. witness the art of traditional weaving, 12. buy inabel products, 13. riverside dining at pinakbet farm, 14. shop at the public market, 15. enjoy a beach day at sta. catalina, 16. ilocos sur adventure zone, 17. baluarte resort and mini zoo, 18. attend the viva vigan binatbatan festival of the arts, how to get from manila to vigan, where to stay in vigan, what to read next:.

Calle Crisologo in Vigan City

Of the numerous Vigan tourist spots, Calle Crisologo is perhaps the most popular. This heritage street spans half a kilometer and features a cobblestone street and ancestral houses. The Spanish-era ancestral houses feature traditional architecture, including multiple doors at the ground floor and large open layout on the top floors.

During day time, Calle Crisology turns into a busy tourist area with souvenir shops, food carts, and various restaurants. Here you can buy different pasalubong such as woven bags and wallets, inabel cloths, and food — such as vigan longganisa, bagnet, and other local delicacies.

The best time to visit Calle Crisologo is during weekdays, when there are fewer tourists around. You can take your time taking photos in its streets and corners. Stay up late until 11PM to capture the beautiful night lights. Some photography experts prefer the hours before dawn, when it is still dark but the sunlight is slowly seeping through the sky.

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Just a short walk from Calle Crisologo is the Vigan Cathedral. Also known as St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral, this beautiful heritage church is a prominent landmark in Vigan City and a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Vigan City.

It was originally built in 1574 as a small chapel, which was then remodeled into a new structure in 1790. It features Baroque architecture with influences of Chinese craftsmanship, as evidenced by the fu dogs or lion in its outermost doors.

You can visit the church to see its impressive façade, attend a mass, or appreciate its rich cultural and architectural history.

Bantay Bell Tower - one of the top Vigan tourist spots

Also known as Bantay Campanario, the Bantay Church Bell Tower is one of the most important landmarks in Ilocos Sur. Built in the 1590s, the bell tower stands at 33 meters tall and was constructed using bricks and lime. It stands on top of a hill and served as a lookout post for the towns of Bantay and Vigan and also functioned as a belfry for the adjacent St. Augistine Church. Due to its location, it also has panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.

Guests at the Bantay Bell Church Tower can climb it to see the view and learn about the tower’s historic and significance in the region.

Note : As of 2023, entering and climbing the tower is not allowed due to the damages from the recent earthquake. However, guests can still visit the area and take photos of the tower from outside.

Vigan City Museum

One of the most recently opened Vigan tourist spots is the Vigan City Museum located at the Vigan Conservation Complex. It is the first interactive learning museum in the city, showcasing the tradition, culture, and architecture of the city.

Here you can find religious displays, important historical figures, original designs of the ancestral houses during the Spanish colonial period, and local artwork. Its interactive sections include a cubicle where you can sing-along with a hymn, a platform where you can design your own ancestral house, and more.

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Vigan is all about history, and what better place to get to know this city better than the Ilocos Museum Regional Complex? This museum complex is home to the family house of Padre Burgos — one of the GomBurZa martyr priests — and the late president Elpidio Quirino.

This Vigan tourist spot is managed by the National Museum of the Philippines and so the entrance is free for everyone.

Plaza Burgos - one of the popular tourist spots in Vigan

Plaza Burgos is one of the three open plazas in the main tourist area in Vigan City. This plaza is named after Padre Burgos of GomBurZa. Here you can take a walk, stop in the eateries for a plate of okoy or ilocos empanada, and walk to the nearby Vigan Church and the Dancing Fountain of Vigan in Plaza Salcedo which operates at night.

Making ilocos empanada

One of the best things to do in Vigan City especially for first-time visitors is eating ilocos empanada!

Ilocos empanada originated from Vigan — it’s a deep-fried pastry filled with a mixture of grated unripe papaya, bean sprouts, ground meat, and egg, all wrapped in a bright orange-colored dough made from rice flour and atsuete (annatto seeds). It is served with vinegar dip.

Ilocos empanada is served in different eateries and restaurants in Vigan City. We visited the eateries in Plaza Burgos where an old lady allowed us to take photos of her making ilocos empanada from scratch. But the best empanada I’ve tried is in Irene’s Vigan Empanada (located along Salcedo St.). This modest eatery serves traditional ilocos empanada as well as other variants (crab, chicken, tuna, etc.) and add-ons. I recommend ilocos empanada with cheese. It is so good!

Pottery making in RG Jar Factory in Vigan

Another fun activity that you can do in Vigan is pottery making.

Pagburnayan (or pottery making) is a traditional industry in Vigan. The word “pagburnayan” comes from the Ilocano term “ burnay ,” which means “earthenware jar.” The pottery-making process in Pagburnayan is a unique and labor-intensive craft that has been passed down from generation to generation for hundreds of years.

In pagburnayan, potters use a foot-powered potter’s wheel to shape clay into various forms, such as jars, vases, and plates. The clay used in the pottery-making process is sourced from nearby rivers. It is shaped and then fired in a traditional wood-fired kiln to harden. Pagburnayan jars are particularly renowned for their beautiful earthy appearance, durability, and resistance to cracking.

There are two pagburnayan jar factories that you can visit in Vigan: RG Jar Factory and Ruby Factory . We visited RG Jar Factory and then the staff showed us the traditional kilns, the pottery machines, and the finished products. We even tried hands-on pottery making!

I love molding clays and so it is one of my favorite things to do in Vigan City. The other one that I’ve tried is in Zambales: the difference between the two is the pottery in Zambales actually teaches you how to shape and mold the clay, while in RG Jar Factory you can tell the guide what you want to make and they will be the one to mold the clay for you.

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Aside from the Ilocos Museum Regional Complex, there are other museums you can visit in Vigan City. Three must-see mansion-turned-museums include the Arce Museum, Syquia Mansion, and Crisologo Museum.

Arce Museum is offers a one-of-a-kind experience. Fans of Maria Clara and Ibarra will rejoice, since this museum allows you to dress up in traditional attire and even attend a dinner with servers garbed in uniform for an immersive experience. Meanwhile, Syquia Museum is an ancestral house owned by the late president Quirino and his wife, and Crisologo Museum is a house owned by the late congressman Floro Crisologo, who was assassinated while attending mass at St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Bagnet Farm in Vigan

Off the usual Vigan tour itinerary, did you know that you can visit a bagnet farm in Vigan City? We visited the bagnet farm in San Julian, just several minutes away from the town proper. Here they prepare chunks of pork, boil them for 3 hours and then fry them for at least 3 times — producing the crispy skin that bagnet is known for. Of course, we didn’t miss this opportunity to eat freshly cooked bagnet!

These fried bagnets are made and sold by JKLC’s Vigan, a store owned by Cecil Chan and her husband. It is located at the town proper just beside Hotel Felicidad.

Cristy's weaving center in Vigan

Experience cultural immersion in your Vigan tour by witnessing the art of traditional weaving. This practice is done in different areas in the Ilocos Region.

The weaving process involves using a handloom to create intricate patterns and designs on various fabrics, like cotton and abel or inabel (which is an Ilocano term for “to weave” or “woven”). The threads used are often dyed with natural materials, such as leaves, barks, and roots, to achieve vibrant colors.

There are a few handloom weaving centers that you can visit in Vigan City. We visited Cristy’s Loomweaving , where you can see local weavers at work and buy finished inabel products, including towels, blankets, pillowcases, placemats, bags, wallets, and more.

Tela de Bonita in Vigan

Inabel woven products are one of the best souvenirs from Vigan City. These include handbags, towels, blankets, pillowcases, placemats, and even clothes.

You can buy inabel products at souvenir shops along Calle Crisologo. For premium-quality inabel items, I recommend visiting Tienda Verda along De Los Reyes St. and Tela de Bonita , which is sold at the reception area in Hotel Felicidad.

Food in Pinakbet Farm in Vigan

One of the best eats you can find is located several minutes away from Vigan City proper — Pinakbet Farm. This alfresco restaurant is located beside a river and a farm where they source most of their ingredients.

Enjoy pinakbet, bagnet, and grilled chicken and fresh tilapia — all served with KBL (kamatis, bagoong, and lasona). This restaurant also hosts a local dance and musical performance to serenade its customers while eating.

I highly enjoyed eating kamayan-style at this restaurant and recommend it to you as well!

Vigan public market

Although not a usual tourist destination, the Vigan public market is an interesting place to visit and buy pasalubongs from. The market is located about 20 minutes by foot from the town proper; you can also ride a tricycle for easy transport.

At the public market, you can eat traditional Ilocano dishes, buy local vegetables and fruits such as kamias, bottles of vinegar and bagoong, and — of course who would miss the vigan longganisa and bagnet?

Sta. Catalina Beach in Vigan

Sta. Catalina Beach is one of the most underrated tourist attractions in Vigan City. It’s located several minutes away from the town proper and features a long shoreline with fine, gray sand.

This beach is frequented by locals during weekends, so if you want to go for a quiet beach trip, schedule your trip on a weekday. There is also a resort here if you wish to stay overnight.

Located within Vigan City, Ilocos Sur Adventure Zone is an outdoor adventure park offering a variety of activities ideal for adrenaline-seekers, nature lovers, and families looking for a fun day out.

These include a giant swing, kayaking, wall climbing, rappelling across the river, and rock climbing at the rocky landscape of the Banaoang mountains. You can also appreciate the view of the old and new bridges built across the tranquil Abra River.

Baluarte Resort and Mini Zoo is a 100-hectare property of rolling plains and hills, famously owned by former governor Chavit Singson. It is one of the most popular tourist spots in Vigan City, with families visiting animals in the zoo and exploring the museum inside.

HOWEVER, this is a place that I personally do not recommend. Baluarte is known for keeping exotic animals and one of the activities here is taking pictures with a tiger. Across Southeast Asia, taking selfies with big cats is considered unethical because oftentimes the tigers undergo harsh regimen and are sedated to remain docile. In fact, even the dating app Tinder has banned profile photos with tiger selfies, in concern for animal rights.

Moreover, while the museum in Baluarte features impressive display, there are merely there as trophies. Unlike other museums, it does not seem to promote wildlife care and preservation.

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The Viva Vigan Binatbatan Festival of the Arts is a cultural and religious festival in Vigan, held every first week of May. It celebrates the religious feast day (Feast of Apo Sto. Cristo Milagroso), traditional inabel weaving, and the life of the first Filipino leader, Isabelo de los Reyes.

This festival holds different exhibitions and activities, including the “Abel Iloko Fashion Show,” “Kalesa Parade,” “Bagnet Festival,” and the highlight of every festival in the country — a streetdancing competition.

This event is a must-visit for anyone interested in joining festivities and learning about the region’s cultural heritage. Since the festival takes several days, I recommend booking your hotel in advance and looking at the festival itinerary so you can schedule your visit depending on what activity you want to witness.

Here are the commuting details from Manila to Vigan:

  • Option 1 : Take a bus from Pasay or Cubao to Vigan . Travel is around 8-9 hours.
  • Option 2 : There are no airports at Vigan City. You can take a flight from Manila to Laoag City. Then ride a bus from Laoag to Vigan City; travel time for the bus ride is around 2 hours.

There are several ancestral hotels in Vigan City. Here are some of the best Vigan hotels:

  • Hotel Felicidad . A charming hotel located just a short walk away from Calle Crisologo. Read our review .
  • Hotel Luna . The first museum hotel in the Philippines, featuring beautiful rooms, a gallery with original artworks from local artists including Juan Luna, and a pool.

Has this article about the best Vigan tourist spots been helpful to you? If you have other recommended things to do in Vigan, let us know in the comments section below!

Visiting the Ilocos Region? Read the rest of our articles!

  • Hotel Felicidad in Vigan City
  • Best Vigan Tourist Spots + Things to Do

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11 Things to do in Vigan + Ilocos Sur Tourist Spots

Visiting Vigan City in Ilocos Sur, Philippines, transports you to an old-fashioned world—as old as the Spanish colonial era. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the best-preserved towns of its kind in Asia.

Expectedly, the top Vigan attractions are quaint structures dating back to as far as the 16th century. From cobblestone streets to horse-drawn carriages to baroque buildings, it feels like you are traveling back in time as you roam around Calle Crisologo. While you are at it, be sure to bring home some antique souvenirs and partake in Ilocano delicacies, like empanada, bagnet, longganisa, tupig, and chichacorn.

From Vigan, you may explore the rest of Ilocos Sur province or traverse farther north to Ilocos Norte. Explore Bangui Windmills, Pagudpud beaches, Paoay Church, La Paz Sand Dunes, Narvacan Outdoor Adventure Hub & more. Or try surfing in La Union, which is only about two hours away by land travel.

Here’s a list of beautiful places to visit in Vigan including top things to do & the best Vigan tourist spots.

To make your trip planning easy, I’ve added links to the locations on Google Maps. Feel free to click/tap on the links posted. Then, use the “save” feature on the Google Maps app. Seeing all your saved locations on the map will help you get started on planning your Vigan itinerary and know the best areas to stay, near places you want to go.

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St. Paul Cathedral in Vigan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines

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3. Plaza Salcedo

Plaza Salcedo and St. Paul Cathedral at night, in Vigan, Ilocos

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4. Bantay Church Bell Tower

Bantay Watchtower near Vigan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines

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5. Nuestra Senora Dela Caridad Church

Nuestra Senora Dela Caridad Church in Vigan, Ilocos Sur, Philipp

6. Visit a museum

Padre Burgos Museum in Vigan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines

Syquia Mansion Location: Quirino Boulevard.  Save on Google Maps .

Crisologo Museum Location: A. Reyes St.  Save on Google Maps .

Padre Burgos House (Burgos Mansion) Location: Burgos St.  Save on Google Maps .

Arce Mansion Location: Quirino Boulevard.  Save on Google Maps .

7. Stay in a heritage house

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Villa Angela Heritage House Location: #26 Quirino Blvd.  Save on Google Maps . See room discounts

8. Leona Florentino House

Leona Florentino House in Vigan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines

Location : Mena Crisologo Street, Plaza Burgos . Save on Google Maps .

9. Try Vigan food

Vigan Empanadaan in Vigan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines

10. Mindoro Black Sand Beach

Mindoro Black Sand Beach, in Vigan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines

11. Simbaan-a-Bassit

Simbaan-a-Bassit in Vigan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines

Location : Liberation Blvd, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur . Save on Google Maps .

Ilocos Sur churches & heritage sites

Santa Maria Church near Vigan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines

Santa Maria Church (Church of Our Lady of the Assumption) Location: 4 Santa Maria – Burgos Rd, Santa Maria, Ilocos Sur .  Save on Google Maps .

Candon Church (Saint John of Sahagun Parish Church) Location: San Juan Street, Candon, 2710 Ilocos Sur.  Save on Google Maps .

Cabugao Church (St. Mark the Evangelist Church) Location: Cabugao, Ilocos Sur.  Save on Google Maps .

San Vicente Church (San Vicente de Ferrer Parish) Location: San Vicente, Ilocos Sur.  Save on Google Maps .

Sinait Church (St. Nicolas Parish Church) Location: Sinait, Ilocos Sur.  Save on Google Maps .

Narvacan Church (St. Lucy Parish Church) Location: Narvacan, Ilocos Sur.  Save on Google Maps .

Caoayan Church (Our Lady of Hope Parish) Location: Poblacion, Caoayan, Ilocos Sur.  Save on Google Maps .

Magsingal Church (Church of St. William the Hermit) Location: Magsingal, Ilocos Sur.  Save on Google Maps .

Santa Catalina Church (St. Catherine of Alexandria Church) Location: Santa Catalina, Ilocos Sur.  Save on Google Maps .

Santo Domingo Church Location: Manila North Road, Sto. Domingo, 2729 Ilocos Sur.  Save on Google Maps .

Cervantes Church (Santo Niño de Prague Parish) Location: Cervantes, Ilocos Sur.  Save on Google Maps .

San Esteban Church (St. Stephen Protomartyr Parish) Location: San Esteban, Ilocos Sur.  Save on Google Maps .

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One of the oldest towns in the Philippines, Vigan is a Spanish Colonial fairy tale of dark-wood mansions, cobblestone streets and clattering kalesa (horse-drawn carriages). In fact, it is the finest surviving example of a Spanish Colonial town in Asia and a Unesco World Heritage site. But outside of well-restored Crisologo St (closed to vehicular traffic) and a few surrounding blocks, it’s also a noisy Filipino town like many others. In the places where history feels alive, you can smell the aroma of freshly baked empanadas wafting past antique shops, explore pottery collectives and watch sunlight flicker off capiz-shell windows.


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Pottery Factories

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La Nuestra Señora de La Asuncion Parish Church

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St Paul Cathedral

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Padre José Burgos National Museum

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Magsingal Museum

Magsingal Museum

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Juan Luna Shrine

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Vigan, a charming city in the Ilocos Sur province of the Philippines, is a popular tourist destination known for its well-preserved Spanish colonial-era architecture. In 1999, Vigan was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, making it a must-see destination for history buffs and architecture enthusiasts.

Visitors to Vigan can stroll down the cobblestone streets of the Vigan Heritage Village, a picturesque neighborhood filled with Spanish-inspired architecture. The highlight of this area is Calle Crisologo, a street lined with old-fashioned houses, antique shops, and restaurants serving authentic Ilocano cuisine. The Bantay Bell Tower, a historical landmark that served as a watchtower during the Spanish colonial period, offers panoramic views of the city and surrounding countryside.

Vigan has also been recognized as one of the New7Wonders Cities, cementing its status as a top tourist spot in the Philippines. With its rich history, unique culture, and stunning architecture, Vigan is a destination that should not be missed by anyone visiting the Ilocos region.

Historical Landmarks

Vigan is a city with a rich history; its historical landmarks are a testament to its past. Here are some of the must-visit historical landmarks in Vigan:

Calle Crisologo, Vigan, Philippines by Ray in Manila via Wikimedia cc

Walking Tour of Calle Crisologo

Take a journey back in time and explore the stunning cobblestone street of Calle Crisologo, one of the most beloved tourist attractions in Vigan. This iconic street is lined with ancestral houses that date back to the Spanish colonial era, each with its unique mix of Chinese and Spanish-inspired architecture.

As you stroll along the street, you can feel the nostalgia of the Ilustrado lifestyle and explore the many shops, restaurants, hotels, bars, souvenir shops, and cafes. Named after the famous Mena Crisologo, a politician, poet, writer, and playwright, Calle Crisologo is a place full of history and culture.

No vehicles are allowed on this street, making it the perfect place to take photos of the stunning Spanish architecture. Open 24 hours a day, there’s no need to rush to get there, although most of the shops close after 8 p.m.

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Visit Syquia Mansion

Step back in time and explore the grand Syquia Mansion, a stunning ancestral home of the Syquia family, one of the most prominent families in Vigan.

This remarkable house uniquely blends Spanish and Chinese-inspired architecture and boasts high-ceiling rooms, hardwood floors, intricate wood carvings, and antique furniture and porcelain pieces.

Visitors can tour the house to view the family’s collection of antiques and artifacts, as well as the paintings of the late President Elpidio Quirino and his family members, including a masterpiece of Fernando Amorsolo. Take a journey and discover the stories of the Syquia Mansion.

Crisologo Museum photo by Eugene via Flickr CC

Crisologo Museum

Step inside the Crisologo Museum and experience the life and legacy of Congressman Floro Crisologo, a prominent political figure in Vigan.

This Spanish-era ancestral house is filled with memorabilia and artifacts related to the congressman’s life and career, including his clothes and antiques. The late Congressman Floro S. Crisologo and his wife once occupied this home until he was tragically assassinated in St. Paul’s Cathedral.

In his memory, his wife turned their home into a museum, free of charge, but accepting donations for maintenance. Visitors can admire the memorabilia but cannot touch it, though picture-taking is allowed.

Vigan Cathedral by Jsinglador via Wikimedia cc

Vigan Cathedral

The majestic Vigan Cathedral, also known as the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle, stands as a proud reminder of the Spanish colonial era.

Nestled in the heart of the city, the baroque-style cathedral is a must-see for both tourists and locals. Not only does it offer an insight into the city’s rich history, but it has also been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, making it an iconic attraction.

Bantay Church Bell Tower, Ilocos Sur by Roniel Soriano via Wikimedia cc

Bantay Church Bell Tower

Perched atop a hill overlooking the beautiful town of Bantay and Vigan, the Bantay Church Bell Tower is a captivating sight from the Spanish colonial era. Dating back centuries, the bell tower stands tall next to the St. Augustine Parish, one of the oldest churches in Ilocos Sur.

Tourists flock to this destination to take in the panoramic views of the countryside, and those brave enough can climb the bell tower to enjoy the open skies of Vigan. For those who don’t want to make the climb, the bell tower makes for a perfect postcard-worthy shot.

Padre Burgos Museum by Eugene via Flickr CC

Padre Jose Burgos House

Visitors to the Padre Jose Burgos House can take a step back in time and explore the home of one of the country’s most influential figures. The museum is filled with antique farming and weaving tools, photographs of famous people in Vigan, and the bedroom of Padre Burgos, complete with his writing essentials. It is a unique opportunity to learn about the Spanish colonization and the life of Padre Burgos.

Arce Mansion in Vigan

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Discover the grandeur of Vigan’s past at the Arce Mansion. Located just a few blocks away from Calle Crisologo, this grand ancestral house is a mix of Spanish and Chinese-inspired architecture, and is one of the best-preserved ancestral houses in Vigan. Step back in time and experience a bygone era at this museum-turned-ancestral house.

Guests can dress up and live like an Ilustrado while enjoying a delicious dinner. Explore the old wood floors, antique furniture, and paintings that make this ancestral house unique. Immerse yourself in Vigan’s rich history and culture, and be amazed by the Philippines’ pride and a well-preserved location that will leave you feeling like you’ve stepped back in time.

Cultural Experiences

Vigan is a city in the Philippines that is rich in history and culture. Tourists who visit Vigan can immerse themselves in the city’s cultural experiences. Here are some of the must-try cultural experiences in Vigan:

Pagburnayan in Vigan by Andrew Martin via Wikimedia cc

Visit Pagburnayan

Vigan is home to the Pagburnayan Jar Factory, a place where visitors can witness the traditional art of pottery-making. Here, skilled potters use traditional techniques to create beautiful jars, pots, and other clay products.

The unique Burnay jars, which have small openings, and the larger wangging jars, are popular souvenirs among tourists. Unfortunately, pottery-making is a dying tradition and the Pagburnayan may soon have no successor. Visit this old Jar factory and be sure to take home a piece of Vigan’s history!

Abel Iloco Weaving in Beddeng Daya

Abel Weaving

Vigan is renowned for its traditional Abel cloth, a hand-woven fabric that has been passed down through generations and is admired for its intricate beauty and quality. When you visit Vigan, be sure to take a stop at one of the many Abel showrooms, where you can learn about the craft, get to know the craftsmen, and even purchase a unique souvenir.

Rowilda’s and Cristy’s are two of the most renowned Abel shops in Vigan, offering a wide selection of Abel-Iloko products, such as shawls, blankets, table napkins, blouses, and placemats. Witness the skilled weavers create these masterpieces with their own hands and take a piece of Vigan home with you.

Kalesa in Vigan

Experience Vigan Kalesa Ride

A kalesa ride in Vigan is a must-do for any traveler. Feel the wind in your hair as you explore the city’s cobblestone streets in a classic horse-drawn carriage. Relive the past and experience the city’s rich history and culture as you take a leisurely ride through the city.

With plenty of kalesa to choose from, it’s easy to arrange a ride for an hour or two, allowing you to visit multiple destinations in style. So hop in and explore Vigan in a traditional and fashionable way!

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Ilocos Museum Regional Complex

The Ilocos Museum Regional Complex is a must-visit destination for tourists who want to learn more about the history and culture of Vigan and the Ilocos region. The museum complex includes several museums, including the Crisologo Museum, Syquia Mansion Museum, and the Juan Luna Shrine. Visitors can learn about the lives of prominent figures in Philippine history, including the Crisologo family and Juan Luna.

Local Cuisine

Vigan is not only famous for its historical landmarks and cultural heritage but also for its flavorful local cuisine. The city offers a wide variety of Ilocano dishes that will surely satisfy any gastronomic adventure. Here are some of the must-try dishes when visiting Vigan.

Vigan empanadas

Discover the deliciousness of Ilocos Empanada, a classic pastry bread with a unique twist! This orange and tasty snack is made with Ilocos longganisa, mung beans, papaya, and kesong puti (white cheese). It’s a popular snack that originated from Ilocos Sur and is deep-fried until it’s crispy and golden brown.

Don’t forget to try the traditional vinegar dipping sauce with your empanada! Irene’s Vigan Empanada and Lilong and Lilang Restaurant are two of the best places to get your hands on this delicacy. Stalls selling Ilocos Empanada are everywhere, so you can enjoy a snack while walking around the city. Get ready to be tantalized by the unique flavors of Ilocos Empanada!

Vigan Longganisa by Denise Bentulan via Flickr Cc

Longganisa is a type of sausage that is commonly found in the Ilocos region. It is made of ground pork that is seasoned with garlic, vinegar, and salt. It is usually served as a breakfast dish and paired with garlic rice and egg.

Longganisa from Vigan is known for its distinct flavor and texture. It is a must-try for anyone visiting the city.

Bagnet by Judgefloro via Wikimedia cc

Bagnet is a deep-fried pork belly that is crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. It is a popular dish in the Ilocos region and is often served as a main course.

Bagnet is best paired with KBL (kamatis, Bagoong, and Lasona) or atchara (pickled papaya). Kusina Felicitas and Café Leona are two of the best places to try this dish in Vigan.

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If you’re feeling adventurous and want to try something unique, head to Padre Burgos in Vigan to sample some of the best Sinanglaw. This local dish consists of beef innards such as tripe, liver, and heart, flavored with onions, ginger, garlic, and kamias for a sour kick. It also has a hint of bitterness from bile, making it similar to pinapaitan.

The perfect accompaniment to beer, this hearty and flavourful soup is sure to satisfy your cravings. BarTech is one of the most popular stalls in the area and is definitely worth a visit!

Cafe Leona

Eat at Café Leona

Named after the poetess Leona Florentino, this café is world-famous and used to be her own home. It became a restaurant and wowed patrons with its longganisa and bagnet offerings.

Tourists swear that they’ve had the best breakfast experience in the café. Besides Filipino foods, they also serve Japanese, Italian, and Thai cuisine. The café is located in Calle Crisologo. They also offer Vegan food.

Address: 1 Crisologo, Brgy 2, Vigan City, 2700 Ilocos Sur Hours: open daily from 11am to 8pm Phone: 0922 879 1833 / 0920 906 8144

Vigan’s local cuisine is a reflection of the city’s rich history and culture. It is a must-try for anyone visiting the city. From the famous Vigan Empanada to the flavorful Bagnet, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Outdoor Activities

Vigan offers a variety of outdoor activities for tourists to enjoy. Two popular spots are Mindoro Beach and Baluarte Zoo.

Mindoro Beach in Vigan

Mindoro Beach

Located in Currimao, Ilocos Norte, Mindoro Beach is a 3-kilometer stretch of black sand beach that offers a unique experience compared to other beaches facing the China Sea. Tourists can enjoy swimming, sunbathing, and taking a leisurely stroll along the shore. The beach is also known for its stunning sunset views.

Tiger inside Baluarte Zoo

Baluarte Zoo

Baluarte Zoo is a must-visit destination in Vigan. It is an 80-hectare property with a mini zoo, butterfly garden, and a variety of animal species. Visitors can witness animal shows, feed and interact with animals, and take photos with them. The zoo also has a zip line and a shooting range for adventure seekers.

Baluarte Zoo is owned by Chavit Singson, a prominent politician in the Philippines. The zoo is free of charge, and visitors can enjoy the attractions without spending a dime. However, visitors can also opt for a guided tour for a more in-depth experience.

Visit Mestizo River

This river has been the gateway of trading for Ilokanos and their foreign guests in the old days. A great way to know the river’s history is through the Vigan River Cruise, which lasts 45 minutes and details its discovery and how it is today.

Joining the cruise lets, you enjoy nature and learn some things about how Vigan started. Bring sunblock with you on this trip.

Festivals and Events

Vigan is known for its rich cultural heritage and history, and it celebrates this through various festivals and events throughout the year. Here are two of the most popular ones:

Vigan Town Fiesta

The Vigan Town Fiesta is celebrated every January 25th in honor of the town’s patron saint, St. Paul. The fiesta is a religious celebration where devotees gather to offer prayers and participate in various religious activities. The festival also includes a colorful parade, street dancing, and a beauty pageant.

Visitors can witness the traditional “kalesa” parade during the fiesta, where decorated horse-drawn carriages roam around the town’s streets. The town’s residents also showcase their creativity through various competitions, such as the “kakanin” (rice cake) and “empanada” (savory pastry) making contests.

Viva Vigan Festival of Arts

The Viva Vigan Festival of Arts is a week-long celebration held every May in honor of the town’s UNESCO World Heritage Site status. The festival showcases the town’s rich cultural heritage through various art forms, such as music, dance, theater, and visual arts.

Visitors can witness the “calesa” parade during the festival, where decorated horse-drawn carriages roam around the town’s streets. The town’s residents also showcase their creativity through various competitions, such as the “kakanin” (rice cake) and “empanada” (savory pastry) making contests.

The festival also features various cultural performances, such as the “buklod” (folk dance) and “kabinnulig” (unity dance) performances. Visitors can also attend art exhibits and workshops showcasing the town’s traditional crafts, such as pottery, weaving, and woodcarving.

Shopping and Souvenirs

When it comes to shopping and souvenirs in Vigan, there are a few places that visitors should definitely check out. Plaza Burgos and RG Jar Factory are two popular destinations for those looking to bring home a piece of Vigan.

Plaza Burgos

Plaza Burgos is a bustling market in the heart of Vigan where visitors can find various souvenirs and local products. The market is particularly known for its chichacorn, a popular snack made from fried corn kernels and seasoned with garlic and salt. Visitors can also find other local delicacies, such as bagnet (deep-fried pork belly) and empanada (a pastry filled with meat, vegetables, and egg).

In addition to food, Plaza Burgos also offers a range of handmade crafts and souvenirs, such as woven bags, hats, and baskets. Visitors can also find traditional clothing, such as barongs and Filipiniana dresses, as well as locally made jewelry and accessories.

RG Jar Factory

For those looking for more unique souvenirs, RG Jar Factory is a must-visit destination. The factory produces a range of handmade pottery, including jars, vases, and plates. Visitors can watch the pottery-making process and even try their hand at making their own piece.

In addition to pottery, RG Jar Factory also offers a range of other handmade crafts, such as woven baskets and bags. Visitors can also pick up locally made snacks and delicacies, such as biscocho (butter cookies) and tupig (a sweet rice cake).

Antique and Souvenir Shops in Vigan

Antique and Jewelry Hunting

The rich history of Vigan has allowed it to amass a vast collection of antiques and jewelry, which some stores there are now selling. Patient tourists can find old coins, clothes, and other antique items home from this souvenir hunt. One of the best sellers of antique stores in Vigan is the miniature antiques they’re selling.


If you’re planning to visit Vigan, you’ll need a place to stay. Fortunately, there are plenty of options available, ranging from budget-friendly Airbnb rentals to luxurious hotels. In this section, we’ll explore some of the best accommodation options in Vigan.

Vigan Hotels

There are several hotels in Vigan that offer a comfortable and convenient stay for tourists. One of the most popular hotels is Hotel Felicidad , which is located in the heart of Vigan’s historic district. This hotel offers well-appointed rooms, a restaurant, and a rooftop terrace with stunning views of the city.

Hotel Luna Vigan

Another great option is Hotel Luna , a boutique hotel that combines modern amenities with traditional Filipino design. This hotel is also located in the historic district, just a few steps away from Calle Crisologo, one of Vigan’s most famous tourist spots.

Other notable hotels in Vigan include Paradores de Vigan , Vigan Plaza Hotel , and Ciudad Fernandina Hotel . These hotels offer a range of amenities, including swimming pools, restaurants, and spacious rooms.

Read: Ultimate List of the Best Hotels in Vigan, Ilocos Sur

Airbnb in Vigan

Airbnb rentals are a great option in Vigan for those who prefer a more homey feel. Several Airbnb listings are available in the city, ranging from cozy apartments to spacious villas.

One popular Airbnb rental is a traditional Filipino house located in the historic district. This house has been renovated to include modern amenities while still retaining its traditional charm. It can accommodate up to six guests and is located just a few minutes’ walk from Calle Crisologo.

Another great option is a modern apartment located in the city center. This apartment can accommodate up to four guests and features a fully-equipped kitchen, a comfortable living room, and a balcony with views of the city.

Travel Information

Manila to vigan.

If you plan a trip to Vigan, here is some travel information to help you get there.

The easiest way to get to Vigan from Manila is by taking a bus. There are several bus companies that operate daily trips from Manila to Vigan, including Partas, Dominion, and Viron. The journey takes around 8-10 hours, depending on traffic and road conditions. Buses depart from several terminals in Manila, including Cubao and Pasay.

You can rent a car in Manila and drive to Vigan if you prefer to drive. The journey takes around 8-10 hours, depending on traffic and road conditions. The most common route is via the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) and the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX), which will take you to La Union and then to Vigan.

The nearest airport to Vigan is the Laoag International Airport, which is around 80 kilometers away. From there, you can take a bus or a taxi to Vigan. Alternatively, you can fly to Manila and take a bus or a car to Vigan.

Other Travel Tips

  • If you are traveling to Vigan from Baguio, you can take a bus to La Union and then transfer to a bus bound for Vigan.
  • If you are traveling to Vigan from Ilocos Norte or Pagudpud, you can take a bus bound for Laoag and then transfer to a bus bound for Vigan.
  • There are several ATMs in Vigan where you can withdraw cash. However, bringing enough cash with you is recommended, especially if you are traveling to remote areas.
  • English is widely spoken in Vigan, so you won’t have trouble communicating with the locals.

Contact Info

DOT Regional Office 1 Oasis Country Resort Hotel National Highway Baranggay Sevilla San Fernando City 2500 La Union Tel. No. (6372) 888 2411 / 242 1656 Fax: (6372) 888 2098 Email: [email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions

How many days should i spend in vigan to explore its tourist spots.

To explore Vigan’s tourist spots thoroughly, spending at least two to three days in the city is recommended. This will give visitors enough time to visit the most popular attractions, such as Calle Crisologo, the Vigan Cathedral, the Syquia Mansion, and some lesser-known spots.

What are some must-visit museums in Vigan?

Vigan is home to several museums that showcase the city’s rich history and culture. The most popular museums include the Crisologo Museum, which features the family’s collection of antique furniture and memorabilia, and the Burgos Museum, which houses artifacts related to the Philippine Revolution.

Where is the best place to stay in Vigan to access its tourist spots?

The best place to stay in Vigan is in Poblacion or the City Center, particularly around Calle Crisologo. This area is where most of the attractions are located, and it is also where visitors can find a wide range of accommodations, from budget-friendly guesthouses to luxurious hotels.

What is Vigan City known for, and what are some of its famous attractions?

Vigan City is known for its well-preserved Spanish colonial architecture, which earned it a spot on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Its most famous attraction is Calle Crisologo, a cobblestone street lined with ancestral houses that date back to the 18th century. Other popular attractions include the Vigan Cathedral, the Syquia Mansion, and the Plaza Salcedo.

What are some popular tourist spots in Ilocos Sur besides Calle Crisologo?

Aside from Calle Crisologo, Ilocos Sur has plenty of other tourist spots worth visiting. These include the Bantay Bell Tower, a historic tower that offers panoramic views of the city; the Baluarte Zoo, a wildlife sanctuary that features a variety of animals; and the Hidden Garden, a lush botanical garden that showcases local flora.

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Uncover the Splendor of Vigan: A Traveler's Guide to the Most Breathtaking Tourist Destinations in the Philippines

Immerse yourself in the allure of Vigan, Philippines! Discover its cobblestone streets, cultural treasures, and captivating attractions in this travel guide.

The Philippines is a country that's full of natural wonders and cultural treasures, and best places to visit in Vigan, Philippines. It's a place where history, tradition, and modernity come together to create a unique travel experience that captures the essence of the Philippines.

In this article, we'll uncover Vigan's splendor and guide the traveler to the most breathtaking tourist destinations in the city. From its cobblestone streets and old houses to its museums, parks, and beaches, Vigan offers various attractions that will captivate the hearts of both local and foreign visitors. So, join us as we explore the best tourist attractions in Vigan, Philippines, and discover what makes it one of the most popular tourist spots in the Philippines.

What is Vigan and What Makes it a Popular Tourist Destination?

Vigan is located in the northern part of the Philippines and is considered one of the country's most popular tourist destinations. Vigan, Philippines’ tourist spot is one of the best in the country, known for its well-preserved Spanish colonial architecture, cultural heritage, and breathtaking natural landscapes.

The city has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site, making it a must-visit destination for travelers looking to immerse themselves in Philippine history and culture. From its cobblestone streets and old houses to its museums, parks, and beaches, Vigan offers a variety of tourist attractions that will captivate the hearts of both local and foreign visitors.

Some of the best places to visit in Vigan include Calle Crisologo, Bantay Bell Tower, Baluarte, Crisologo Museum, Syquia Mansion Museum, Hidden Garden, Pagburnayan, Vigan Cathedral, and Mindoro Beach. These tourist spots showcase the city's unique blend of Spanish and Filipino cultures and stunning natural beauty.

Must-see Tourist Spots in Vigan for the Adventure-Seeker

Vigan is the perfect destination. This historic city offers a variety of tourist spots that will satisfy your wanderlust. Here are the five must-see tourist spots in Vigan for the adventure-seeker:

Baluarte Zoo Vigan, Ilocos Sur

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Located on a hill overlooking the city, Baluarte Zoo is a wildlife sanctuary home to various animals, such as tigers, lions, zebras, and giraffes. The zoo also features a butterfly garden, a serpentarium, and a collection of exotic birds. It's a perfect destination for animal lovers and nature enthusiasts.

Cobblestone Streets of Vigan

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The cobblestone streets of Vigan are a testament to the city's rich history and cultural heritage. Walking along these streets feels like stepping back in time with their old houses, vintage lamps, and horse-drawn carriages. It's a perfect destination for those who appreciate the beauty of old-world architecture.

Calle Crisologo Night Tour

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The best way to experience the beauty of Calle Crisologo is at night when the old houses are lit up with antique lamps. The street is closed off to vehicular traffic, allowing visitors to walk freely and take in the sights and sounds of this historic district. It's a perfect destination for those who love to explore the city after dark.

Overall, Vigan offers a variety of attractions that cater to the adventurous traveler. There's something for everyone in this historic city. So, pack your bags, put on your hiking shoes, and prepare for the adventure of a lifetime in Vigan, Ilocos Sur.

Read more : Boracay: Unveiling the Enchanting Paradise of the Philippines

Amazing Cultural Experiences You Can Only Find in Vigan

Here are three unique cultural experiences that you can only find in Vigan:

Sitio Remedios Heritage Village

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Sitio Remedios is a recreated traditional Ilocano village that showcases the rich culture and heritage of the region. It features traditional houses, a chapel, a garden, and a museum that displays artifacts and items from the Ilocano culture. Visitors can also participate in traditional activities such as weaving, pottery making, and harvesting.

Bantay Bell Tower and Church

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The Bantay Bell Tower and Church is a historic landmark on a hill overlooking the city. The bell tower was built in the 16th century and was a lookout tower for pirates and marauders. The adjacent church was built in the 19th century and uniquely blends Spanish and Ilocano architectural styles. Visitors can climb the bell tower for a panoramic view of the city.

Visitors can immerse themselves in Vigan's rich culture and heritage, from the Sitio Remedios Heritage Village and the Bantay Bell Tower and Church to the Villa Angela Heritage House. So, if you're a cultural enthusiast, include these fantastic cultural experiences in your itinerary when visiting Vigan, Ilocos Sur.

The Best Food You Can Try In Vigan – Where to Find Them

Besides its rich history and cultural attractions, food is another aspect you should take advantage of when visiting Vigan. Vigan offers various dishes unique to the region and showcases the local ingredients and flavors. Here are some of the best food you can try in Vigan and where to find them:

Vigan Empanada

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Vigan's empanada is a crispy fried pastry filled with shredded green papaya, bean sprouts, egg, and longganisa (local sausage). The best place to find this delicious snack is at the Vigan Public Market or Plaza Burgos.

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Bagnet is a local version of crispy fried pork belly seasoned with garlic and served with vinegar dip. You can find this dish at many local restaurants and eateries, but the best place to try it is at the famous Cafe Leona in Calle Crisologo.

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Pinakbet is a dish made with a mix of local vegetables such as eggplant, bitter melon, squash, and string beans, sautéed with pork and shrimp paste. This dish can be found in most local restaurants and eateries.

Explore the local markets, eateries, and restaurants to taste the best of Vigan's culinary delights.

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And there you have it – the incredible charm of Vigan, Philippines! With its fascinating history, breathtaking attractions, and mouthwatering delicacies, this gem of a city promises an unforgettable adventure.

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12 Tourist Spots In Vigan You Shouldn’t Miss During Your Visit

Vigan , the city known for the best-tasting longanisa, is not your typical Philippine destination of sands, sun, and sea but it sure is one where you can immerse into one of the richest cultures of our land and where you can witness history unfolding with your very eyes. Be dazzled as you are taken into the colonial era when you visit these beautiful places in the city. So here are 12 tourist spots in Vigan that will certainly make your trip to this cultural gem up north worthwhile.

1. Calle Crisologo

Along its cobblestone streets line hundreds of beautiful colonial houses which were built centuries ago. A visit to this place is like a magical journey back in time, especially during the night.

2. St. Paul Cathedral

One of the significant religious landmarks in the country and probably one of the oldest ever built.

3. Palacio De Arzobispado

It is said to be the only archbishop’s palace built during the spanish colonization to endure up until the present day.

4. Burgos Ma nsion

It was the birthplace of Father Jose Burgos, one of the three Martyr Priests where you can find some memorabilia of the late priest and of his family as well as pieces of interesting craftmanship and antics retrieved from the mountains of Ilocos.

5. Paburnayan

Witness one of the oldest crafts practiced in the city of Vigan, the making of earthen jars which have been one of the cities livelihood for many years now.

6. Hidden Garden

A man-made landscape garden with a restaurant that serves great food.

7. Baluarte

Some several hectare  of land owned by former Governor Chavit Singson which houses a mini zoo consists of several rare and exotic animals, a butterfly garden, a shooting range and a picnic area.

8. Crisologo Museum

It was the ancestral house of Floro Crisologo, one of the important political figures in the past decades which houses the luxury their family once had.

9. Syquia Mansion

The luxurious mansion where former President Elpidio Quirino used to live.

10. Vigan Bell Tower

This gives a perfect view of the Cordillera mountains and South China Sea and was once an instrument used by hiding Filipino revolutionaries to warn threat of Spanish soldiers.

11. Nuestra Senora Dela Caridad Church

It is also known as the Bantay church which houses the miraculous image of Virgin Mary as the Lady of Charity.

12. Plaza Salcedo

Located at the heart of Vigan, just sitting across the province capitol is this sweet little place where the grandiose Dancing Fountain can be witnessed every night.

There are many ways which you can explore the city of Vigan. One of the most famous is through a kalesa which is good for 2-3 people and priced at P150/hr but there are other ways available as well. You may choose whether to:

  • Walk – Best done in the early morning or during the night. Burns calories, saves cost and you can tour at your own pace. This is ideal for places located within the town proper.
  • Tricycle – Less pricey way of touring the city which is normally priced at P10/person per destination.
  • River cruise  – The less popular way of exploring Vigan City but is equally enriching. You may need to arrange this tour with the local tourism office.

There you have it lovelies. Vigan is such an endearing little paradise for those who love history, classic architecture and anything and everything old. There’s just about the city that is inexplicably magical that merely marveling at the place will instantly make you feel nostalgic as you flip pages of moments in the past.

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Until next time. Ciao. 😘

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Spot on with thiss write-up, I seriously think tgis amazing site needs a greaqt deal more attention. I’ll probably be returning to read througgh more, thanks for the info!

Planning to do a backpacking in Ilocos Norte and Sur to discover the new destinations. Diko lang sure kung kakayanin ko lahat ng 24 t 48 hours.

Hi Darwin. 24 hrs would suffice. ☺️

Hm budget should I prepare for a 3d2n stay in Vigan if I’ going to tour those 12 spots?

Hey Keza, how much should I budget for a 24hr tour of Vigan?

Hi. I think P2000 will already suffice

Hi Keza! Stunning photos! do you think I will be able to see most of Vigan attractions if I will do only day tour? How much budget should I prepare? Thanks in advance!

I think naman you can. Just start the tour early in the morning. But still I would suggest you stay for a night since Vigan is most beautiful after sundown😊

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Vigan Tourist Spot Guide – 18 Popular Places to Visit in Ilocos Sur

  • by Hungry Traveller
  • October 8, 2020 November 28, 2021

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Listed below is a guide to the best Vigan tourist spot. Learn about the culture and rich history and try some of its outdoor fun activities.

Ilocos Sur is not your typical destination for suns and beaches. Visiting will take you back to its 18th-century vibe with its preserved Spanish architecture.

Its capital, Vigan City, holds a UNESCO heritage site recognition. Other than its historical traces, it is also a gastronomic destination thanks to its famous products like the  empanada  and Ilocos  longganisa.

While it is generally hot throughout the year, the best time to travel is March to May. During those months, the temperature ranges from the highs of 33 degrees C to lows of 25 degrees C.

Book your tour in advance to avail of lower rates. April is the busiest month for tourism. However, avail of cheaper accommodations when you consider traveling to less crowded months of March and November.

Traveling from Manila to Vigan, Ilocos Sur

From 6-7 hours of land travel, you will arrive at Ilocos Sur. If you are traveling in your car or a rental one, you will likely come earlier than commuting through public buses.

The fastest way, however, is thru a flight from Manila to Laoag in Ilocos Norte. After that, you will ride a bus with routes going to Vigan City.

Here are the 18 Vigan tourist spot you can include in your itinerary

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1. Calle Crisologo

Travel back in time when you visit this Vigan tourist spot

The most famous Vigan tourist spot is the Calle Crisologo. This street sits in the heart of the Heritage Village recognized by UNESCO.

The grid street pattern of Calle Crisologo showcases century-old houses that line along the pavements made from cobblestones. Kalesa (horse-drawn carriage), however, is the only vehicle permitted to traverse the street.

Spend an early walk while the shops are starting to open so you can enjoy taking pictures without the crowd. The lower floor of these ancient houses is usually souvenir shops or restaurants.

Visiting in the afternoon, on the other hand, gives you an ambiance of the 18th-century vibe. Visitors dine at alfresco or enjoy some drinks to cap off the night.

Shopping for souvenirs and indulging in Ilocano foods are among the things to enjoy on your trip to Ilocos Sur. For extra fun, ride a kalesa while touring Calle Crisologo and other places within the Heritage Village.

2. Plaza Salcedo

The Plaza Salcedo on a bright, sunny day. One of the frequented Vigan tourist spot you shouldn't miss.

The Plaza Salcedo is a nearby Vigan tourist spot not to miss when touring the downtown area. The place is a spacious open park for picture taking during the day and enjoying a free dancing fountain at night.

Pass by here to relax after a long day of a stroll from Calle Crisologo or Vigan Cathedral.

Watch the waters coming from the nozzles come to life as it dances to the beat of the music. Likewise, various lights project upward as the music’s tempo shifts from slow to a fast-paced rhythm.

It would help if you were here early, though, so you could secure a limited seat and enjoy the free show.

3. Vigan Cathedral

Vigan Cathedral stands the test of time since the Spanish colonialism. Include this to your Vigan tourist spot itinerary

The Vigan Cathedral, also known as Saint Paul Metropolitan Cathedral, sits in front of the Salcedo Plaza.

The thick walls you can see outside characterize a Baroque type of construction to resist earthquakes. While renovations improve its stability, notable features remain.

Spend a peaceful afternoon by visiting this Vigan tourist spot. The ornate silver panels of the main altar catch the attention of visitors. There are also 12 smaller altars and noticeable Chinese embellishments.

4. Bantay Church Bell Tower

Climb up a hill and visit a once dating place of the late Gabriella Silang and Diego Silang

The Bell Tower serves as a watchtower in the town of Bantay during the 15th century and World War II.

The belfry sits on top of a hill, and you need to climb the stairs before setting foot at it. Upon reaching the brick structure, an enormous bell hangs at the center. An overlooking view of the town of Bantay and Vigan rewards you after all.

Snap a photo with the belfry as a backdrop, or perform a jump shot for added fun. Ensure to register first at the Tourist Center and request a guide before proceeding to this nearby Vigan tourist spot.

Here’s a fun fact. According to recorded history, Heroes Diego and Gabriella Silang dated on this place during the 17th century.

5. Plaza Burgos

Plaza Burgos is another Vigan tourist spot to hang around when the sun sets

Together with the Plaza Salcedo, the Plaza Burgos are the two main parks in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur. Fronting across Burgos Street is the Saint Paul Metropolitan Cathedral.

A late afternoon stroll is not complete without tasting their street foods. Here, you get to try their famous empanada, a fried roll filled with minced meat, egg, and vegetables.

The statue is a reminder of Father Jose P. Burgos’ martyrdom during the Spanish colonial.

6. Padre Burgos House

Locally known as  Bahay Na Bato  (stone house), this museum extends the National Museum in Ilocos Sur. This place is where the late Father Burgos grew up.

Learn from the displays and writings of how Father Burgos fought for the equality of Filipino priests. Some of the priest’s belongings, including his old writing tools, photographs, and family antiques, are among the things you can appreciate on your visit.

Aside from Father Burgos’ memorabilia, the museum also holds a series of paintings by Don Esteban Villanueva. The canvas shows an overview of the Basi Revolt against the Spanish rulers and their drastic move to quell the uprising.

7. Crisologo Museum

Learn history when you visit this Ilocos Sur tourist spot called Crisologo Museum

Another museum you should add to your Vigan tourist spot itinerary is the Crisologo Museum. A small vintage house turned into a museum in memory of the late politician Floro S. Crisologo.

An unidentified gunman has assassinated the statesman during his Sunday visit with his wife at Saint Paul Cathedral.

Have a glimpse of the past for free, and learn about the trivial political clan from Vigan. Here, you can learn about the prominent family’s contribution and influence to the province through memorabilia, scriptures, and displays.

The stained dress of the late politician is also among the displays in this museum.

8. Syquia Mansion

Witness the preserved formal living room when you visit this Vigan tourist spot at Sequia Mansion

The Syquia Mansion is an ancestral property where the late President Elpidio Quirino lived with his family.

His wife’s family owns the house and transformed it into a museum that showcases the former president’s memorabilia.

Appreciate the classic interior elements of what was once a presidential villa. It features a high ceiling, hardwood flooring, antique wood furniture, porcelain jars.

You even get to check the secret hallways for servants back then, so guests cannot see them.

Visiting this Vigan tourist spot, along with the other museums, is both fun and informative.

9. Chapel By The Ruins

When you visit the Saint Augustine Church, don’t forget to pass by a small chapel within its compound.

This place is the remnant of the old church from the destruction during World War II. The walled vicinity and open space make it a spot for a silent moment and reflection.

Say a little prayer on the bench, and appreciate the greens around the walls. The antique displays add a vintage vibe, though.

Visiting with your family or significant other makes this visit a memorable one.

10. Pagburnayan Jar Factory

Appreciate cultural arts by trying making your own pots

Visiting Ilocos Sur tourist spots lets you learn about the rich culture and history of the region.

One way to have an in-depth appreciation of its tradition is by visiting this local jar factory.

Witness how pots mold into a beautiful one from raw earthen material. You can also get to try yourself after some instructions from your local guide.

The jar-making industry took inspiration from Chinese immigrants who then settled in the province.

Pottery making is indeed a fun activity for kids and adults as well

11. Baluarte Zoo

Kids will love visiting this Ilocos Sur tourist spot. Some animals are openly roaming around, though.

Just a few minutes from the city center is the Baluarte Zoo.

Kids will enjoy seeing wild animals up close and when you visit this Ilocos Sur tourist spot. The zoo houses big cats like leopards and Bengal tigers. Similarly, they also have other domesticated animals like monkeys and parrots.

For your mandatory selfies, some life-size dinosaur displays make an excellent backdrop as well.

While admission is free, an exclusive tour for a minimal fee is also available upon request.

The complex also houses souvenir shops and stores, so you can grab some bites while having fun.

12. Hidden Garden

Experience dining on a refreshing ambiance at Hidden Garden, just a few minutes ride away from Vigan City.

Trees and flowering plants give the place a relaxing view. Plant lovers can buy some as well.

Hidden Garden serves authentic Ilocano dishes, perfect to start the day when you tour the city.

13. Ilocos Sur Adventure Zone

Zipline across the Abra river

The Adventure Zone is for outdoor fun-seekers during the day and dines at restaurants in Calle Crisologo at night.

More than visiting the museums, tourist has a chance to spend a different day filled with adrenaline-rocking activities.

The main attraction is its 400-meter long zipline, which requires you to first climb a 5 level platform. You will then traverse the Abra River, which is usually calm and clear during the summer.

Parallel to the zipline is the postcard-like Quirino Bridge that connects the towns of Bantay and Santa.

This Ilocos Sur tourist spot also offers other activities worth trying like rock climbing and rappelling, kayaking, and giant swing.

14. Twin Bridge

The old Quezon Bridge

The Quirino Bridge and Banaoang Bridge both span across the Abra River.

The Banaoang bridge replaced the Quirino Bridge. Years after its impairment from a typhoon, the local government has initiated refurbishment to restore its beauty.

The old bridge makes a scenic spot for photographers, thanks to its metal framing construction. Likewise, the mountains on both sides add a dramatic effect as a backdrop.

15. Narvacan Outdoor Adventure Hub (NOAH)

Showcase your adventure spirit when you try the thrilling activities at Narvacan Outdoor Adventure Hub. Find out why you need to include this in your list of the following Ilocos Sur tourist spot itinerary.

The outdoor complex sits perfectly between a mountain and the sea. They offer activities like paragliding, mountain climbing, off-road driving, and kitesurfing.

The highlight of its offerings is the tandem paragliding. Here, you’ll be riding with a pilot, so your role is to relax and enjoy the panoramic view.

For the brave heart, you get to try their  Via Perrata , a.k.a Iron Path. When gears are all set, you will start climbing to its fixed iron rungs. The steel cable securely guides with the harness and the connected hook. After reaching the peak, you will be descending thru a Tyrolean traverse.

NOAH offers food and accommodation packages as well. End your day with delicious food from their restaurant ARKO. Note that they serve both local and foreign dishes.

If you want to extend your stay, you can camp by bringing with you your tent. Just pay a small fee, though, for the use of utilities. Airconditioned rooms are available for booking as well.

16. Mindoro Beach

Sunset at Mindoro Beach in Vigan

While it is not advisable for any swimming activities, visiting Mindoro Beach is still an excellent addition to your itinerary.

The beach features jet black sand that is rich in iron ore and magnetite. It has strong currents year-round, but walking along its shoreline still calls for a charming activity.

Visiting in the afternoon is ideal for a sunset view, as it lies on the west coast.

17. Santiago Cove

If you are coming from Metro Manila, you will be passing by the town of Santiago. Frequently missed by tourists, a small paradise lies on its cove.

The Sabangan Cove, or commonly referred to as Santiago Cove, has fine white sands. Unlike the Mindoro beach, the water here is calm and is perfect for a quick swim.

The road along the coast is a great spot to jog early in the morning or at dawn.

If you plan to spend a lunch picnic on the beach, there are cottages you can rent.

18. Munch to their Ilocano Dishes

The famous Ilocos empanada in Vigan Ilcocos Sur

Aside from the many Vigan tourist spots, Ilocos Sur is also known for its empanada. It is a fried stuffing rolled in a flour dough with vibrant, orange color.

The filling combines a mixture of shredded green papaya, minced pork sausage (longganisa), and a raw egg, rolled together and deep-fried.

Try tasting their Sinanglaw as well. It is a soup-based dish made from beef meat, and its innards are savored with garlic, ginger, onion, and  kamias . It pairs well with a local beer when you’re spending late-night drinks.

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Turn back in time when visiting vigan tourist spots.

Arc entrance going to Ilocos Sur

Visiting Ilocos Sur will amaze you with its preserved architecture and its rich cultural heritage. Whether spending a quick weekend getaway or a family vacation, you won’t run out of fun things to do in the province.

Plan your next tour now and while drafting your Vigan tourist spot itinerary. While it is always hot in the region, sunblocks and umbrellas help maximize outdoor activities.

Foods and accommodations around the city are relatively cheaper, so you won’t worry about spending more.

Buy local crafts and souvenirs, as this helps small businesses in the region.

Comment down below if you know some of the newest attractions in the province of Ilocos Sur.

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VIGAN TRAVEL GUIDE | Itinerary + Budget + Map [UPDATED 2022]

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Vigan is a city located on the northwestern coast of Luzon in the Philippines. It is the capital of the Ilocos Sur province and the only UNESCO World Heritage City in the country. Recently, it won as one of the New Seven Wonders Cities of the World. The main draw of Vigan City are its well-preserved Bahay na Bato structures located at the Meztizo District, its historical core. Currently, there are 187 listed ancestral houses in town. Besides this, it also boasts of beautiful colonial churches, a plaza that comes alive with a fountain show at night, a free-roaming zoo and numerous historical museums. The city’s cuisine is also quite interesting and numerous restaurants around the area makes it readily accessible to visitors. There is no denying the popularity of Vigan City for the typical tourist and even veteran travelers. And for those planning to visit it anytime soon, here’s an intensive travel guide, complete with a 2-day and 3-day sample itinerary for a DIY tour of the Vigan City.


Vigan City is located 408 kilometers away from Manila. Although there is an airstrip in the city, it is mainly used as a runway for chartered flights. Commercial flights are available via Skyjet, but these are few and far between. One option is to fly to Laoag City, and from there, take a two-hour bus ride to Vigan        From Manila, the usual way to get to Vigan City is by taking a bus. The trip takes about eight to ten hours long. Most tourists, including myself, take the night trip to sleep off the long ride and arrive at the city early the next morning.

Manila to Vigan by Bus


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Vigan Transportation

Tricyles and karitelas (horse-drawn carriages) are the main mode of transportation in Vigan City. Getting around is easy enough since one can practically hail these two at any area within the city center. Minimum fare for both is at ₱15.00 per person, rising up to ₱20.00 or more as one gets farther out. To avoid being charged more than the usual, be sure to board legit tricycle operators as indicated by a large Vigan plate up its roof.


Vigan Tours

Tours around Vigan City can either be availed via tricycles or karitela . While I prefer the latter for a more complete old-world experience, the former can be convenient especially if you’re pressed for time. Tour fees are computed at ₱150.00 per hour, per vehicle. A karitela can comfortably seat four individuals, so the more you are within the coach, the cheaper it is. Alternatively, hotels and lodgings, especially high-end ones, also offer tours via air-conditioned vans and even tuktuk . There are also a few places where one can rent bicycles, if you prefer a more hands-on experience (₱150.00/day).


There are numerous places to stay while in Vigan City. There are backpacker inns, moderately-priced lodges and luxurious hotels to choose from. The most interesting accommodations are renovated ancestral houses converted as lodgings. It’s also preferable to find a place near the Meztizo District where Calle Crisologo is located since most of the tourist spots and restaurants are only a hop away from there.

Budget Accommodation in Vigan


Whether you’re looking for authentic Ilocano cuisine, traditional Filipino meals or the comfort of western dishes, Vigan City has it all. Restaurants, cafés and even fast-food chains abound in the city. Be sure to also check out the street food carinderia scenes in the area for a legit taste of Bigueño eats. A list of must-eat in Vigan includes empanada , okoy , longanisa , bagnet, and poqui-poqui .

Restaurants in Vigan


Vigan City thrives because of its history, so expect a lot of historical walks and museums in the area. From old colonial churches, cobblestone street, to restored ancestral houses; history buffs would have a field day roaming around town. But besides these, the city also offers other attractions; it has a black sand beach, a free-roaming zoo, pottery shops and abel textile workstations.

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Vigan's Longanisa Festival


There are only a few other places in the country as abundant in souvenirs as Vigan City. The amount of keepsakes one can buy while in the city is staggering. The town’s shopping center is located at its most famous street, Calle Crisologo. Be sure to bring enough cash (and extra bags) if you plan to bring some stuff home.

Abel Weaving in Vigan


Vigan Tourist Spots Map


Vigan City can be toured in one whole day. During my first visit, since I didn’t know where the tourist attractions were, I hired a kalesa to tour me around the city. Since it charges by the hour, I just let it show me where the interesting locations are in the city without me going down to save on tour expenses. The only place I went down was at the Hidden Garden, which is located at the fringes of town and would be impractical to walk to. After the tour, I simply walked to all the tourist spots on my own. The good thing about this is that I was able to savor each location without always thinking about how much my cucero or driver would be charging me right after. The downside is you would be walking a lot. Alternatively, one can simply ride a tricycle or kalesa to go from one spot to another for a minimum fare of ₱15.00. The far areas, like Mindoro Beach, Baluarte and the tourist spots in Caoayan are of course much more expensive to go to, haggle with your driver before boarding. Below, I listed a typical day tour, two-day and three-day Vigan itinerary. One can actually go back to Manila in the morning of the second day if one so wishes, but to cover everything, I suggest you go back in the evenings instead. The third day I outlined mostly takes on sites outside Vigan City, but still near enough to access on the way back to Manila.

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• Early morning arrival • Breakfast (Recommendation: Kusina Felicitas)   ₱150.00 | AVERAGE BREAKFAST MEAL WITH DRINKS • Avail of Karitela Tour   ₱300.00 | ₱150.00/HOUR RATE, WILL TAKE ABOUT 3-4HOURS   Bantay Church Bell Tower   Burgos Museum   Syquia Mansion   ₱75.00 ENTRANCE FEE   Arce Mansion   ₱50.00 ENTRANCE FEE   Crisologo Museum   Simbaan a Bassit   Pagburnayan Pottery   Hidden Garden (Lunch)   Mindoro Beach   Baluarte • Lunch at Lilong & Lilang Cafe at Hidden Garden   ₱200.00 | AVERAGE BREAKFAST MEAL WITH DRINKS • Continue Karitela Tour • Finish tour at Calle Crisologo, buy souvenirs   ₱??.00 | ABSOLUTELY UP TO YOU • Visit Burgos Plaza and Vigan Cathedral • Afternoon snack at Plaza Burgos Empanadahan   ₱100.00 | AVERAGE MEAL WITH DRINKS • Watch Dancing Fountain show at Plaza Salcedo • Dinner (Recommendation: Cafe Leona)   ₱200.00 | AVERAGE MEAL WITH DRINKS • Depart Vigan

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• Early morning arrival • Check in at hotel (leave bags at the lobby if early check in isn’t allowed)   ₱530.00 | CHEAPEST AVAILABLE HOTEL VIA AGODA (₱1,060.00 2PAX) • Breakfast (Recommendation: Kusina Felicitas)   ₱150.00 | AVERAGE BREAKFAST MEAL WITH DRINKS • Do a Vigan Walking Tour   Burgos Museum   Syquia Mansion   Arce Mansion   Crisologo Museum   Simbaan a Bassit   Pagburnayan Pottery • Lunch (Recommendation: Lampong’s Restaurant)   ₱150.00 | AVERAGE BREAKFAST MEAL WITH DRINKS • Visit Calle Crisologo, buy souvenirs   ₱??.00 | ABSOLUTELY UP TO YOU • Visit Hotel Luna Art Gallery • Visit Burgos Plaza and Vigan Cathedral • Afternoon snack at Plaza Burgos Empanadahan   ₱100.00 | AVERAGE MEAL WITH DRINKS • Watch Dancing Fountain show at Plaza Salcedo • Dinner (Recommendation: Cafe Leona)   ₱200.00 | AVERAGE MEAL WITH DRINKS


• Breakfast   ₱0.00 | COMPLIMENTARY HOTEL BREAKFAST • Early hotel check out (Leave bags at the lobby) • Avail of Karitela Tour   ₱300.00 | ₱150.00/HOUR RATE, WILL TAKE ABOUT 3-4HOURS   Mindoro Beach   Hidden Garden   Baluarte   Abel Loom Weaving Center   Pinakbet Farm (Lunch)   ₱200.00 | AVERAGE MEAL WITH DRINKS   Bantay Church Bell Tower • Dinner   ₱200.00 | AVERAGE MEAL WITH DRINKS • Depart Vigan


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• Follow previous Day One itinerary


• Follow previous Day Two itinerary (But don’t check out of the hotel just yet)   ₱530.00 | CHEAPEST AVAILABLE HOTEL VIA AGODA (₱1,060.00 2PAX)


• Breakfast   ₱0.00 | COMPLIMENTARY HOTEL BREAKFAST • Hotel check out (Leave bags at the lobby)   ₱530.00 | CHEAPEST AVAILABLE HOTEL VIA AGODA (₱1,060.00 2PAX) • Visit Banaoang Bridge   ₱10.00 | APPROXIMATE JEEP FARE FROM VIGAN CITY • Ride the Ilocos Sur Adventure Zone Zipline   ₱500.00 | TWO-WAY ZIPLINE • Visit Narvacan Shrine   ₱15.00 | APPROXIMATE JEEP FARE • Lunch at Narvacan   ₱200.00 | AVERAGE MEAL WITH DRINKS • Visit Santa Maria Church (UNESCO World Heritage Site)   ₱10.00 | APPROXIMATE JEEP FARE   • Go back to Vigan / Depart



If you have more time on hand and you still have some days left before going back home, Vigan City is a good jump-off point to extend your vacation up the northern parts of the Philippines. Here are some of the places you can easily go to.

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Wow!!!! Kinakabog ang Lonely Planet! Pero this is really useful. Nice one Idol!

Thanks Darwin! San na mga blog mo about Vigan?! :D

Imbahhhh! Speechless! Parang taga-Vigan lang kung makagawa ng guide oh!

Salamat Edmar! If you have something to add to the travel guide, just let me know ha! :)

lahat ba ng attractions, museums, shops open monday to sunday??? tnx

Most are open the whole week, except for the museums, which are closed on Mondays

can you give us an estimated cost for the 3-day itinerary? :)

Budget for a Vigan trip would be different from group to group, depending on where do you plan to stay, how many meals would you eat in a day and where would you want to eat. It all depends on how lavish or how thrifty you are with your money.

Beautiful place in the Philippines : Vigan is a 5th class city in the province of Ilocos Cur, Philippines and the capital province of http://dailycome.com/philippines-visiting-in-the-city-of-vigan-ilocos-sur/

I always wanted to visit Vigan. The tips on this blog is so helpful. Amongst all I've read, this one's perfect 👌and will be my travel guide. Thank you ☺

No problem Christine! Enjoy your Vigan trip! :)

I was looking for a Vigan itinerary and of course the first thing I visit is your site! :) Thanks for this Christian! By the way, I have a new consolidated travel & lifestyle blog over on Sunset Goddess Manila . Hope you get to visit me over there! Cheers!

Long time no hear ah! I'm sure you'll have lots of fun in Vigan, don't forget to bring home some longanisa and bagnet! :)

Hello, I would just to ask anyone of you where can you find affordable van rental (all-in) from Manila to Ilocos places? Thanks a lot!

Hi.. please check Q10 Travel and Tours for your trips to Ilocos..

May car/van rentals po ba sa vigan?

Hi August, van rentals within Vigan you mean? Vigan is very small, I would suggest renting a karitela or a horse-drawn carriage instead :)

thanks sa itinerary very usefull lalo na sa mga first timer na gustong mag roundtrip.. :p

You're welcome, this Vigan travel guide is really made for first time visitors in the city :)

Very very helpful guide.

Thank you Larraine, enjoy Vigan City!

Hi will the museums be open on Nov 1 & 2?

Hi Almarie, sorry for the late reply. I have no idea if the museums are open on holidays. Were you able to get in?

thank you for this very helpful blog..... is there a lodge or inn at the Mindoro beach yung cheap lang thanks

Yes, there is an old resort right beside Vigan's beach :)

Paki-add ang mga programs at awards ng vigan. Project kasi namin. PLS.

Hi, sure that would be great! Could you link me to a page where I can find those info? Or could you email them to me? :)

Very informative. Thank you! I'll go to Vigan! Sana hindi ako mawala. 😆

Hi Jana, for sure you won't get lost in Vigan, it's not that big, really :)

Haha, hindi ka mawawala sa Vigan. Kung sakali man, just ask around for directions, Vigan peeps are very friendly :)

Hi, I wil be going to vigan next month and I am planning to rent a bicycle, I was wondering if it is safe to bike as I will plan to bike from vigan heritage to the mindoro beach.

From what I've personally seen, it looks quite safe to bike around Vigan, even all the way to Mindoro Beach

Very helpful blog...thank you

Thank you Ley, enjoy your Vigan trip :)

Hi.. may I know how much will it cost per person. please reply. thanks much!! ☺

Your Vigan budget would depend greatly on where you'll be staying and how often and where you're gonna eat

Need a Trip-Advice of Planning a 4/5 Day-Trip to Vigan City Hi ! We are tertiary students (a lady and gentleman), have searched from websites to learn that there will be a week-long celebration of “art-festival” in May in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur, Philippines, two of us tourists from Hong Kong attempt to travel Vigan City to join such an amazing experience for a Four to Five-days (4 ~ 5) trip, the details of the trip are followings :– 4 days trip – 01/05 (Sunday morning am) – 04/05/2016 (Wednesday evening pm); or 5 days trip – 30/04 (Saturday evening pm) – 04/05/2016 (Wednesday) We have a numbers of Questions as follows :– What is the shorter or faster ways (transportation) to get Vigan City such as direct flight to Laoag City, Baguio–Loakan Airport, or Tuguegarao Airport, to shorten the long–distant transportation, 1–hour bus travelling from Laoag City to Vigan City instead of 6–hour bus travelling from Manila to Vigan City ? How many flight within (to and from) Manila and Laoag City ? Another problems is public security or social problem in Philippines. As you know since the Manila hostage crisis that seven Hong Kong tourists were killed in 2010. My brother told me he went to a countryside in Kalusunan a couple of years ago and felt unsafety there. As you know since the Manila hostage crisis that seven Hong Kong tourists were killed in 2010. We worry about the public security problems. But I read many websites described Vigan city, those tourists after travelling the city told they felt comfortable and enjoyed so much. Is there safety or any social security problems there, could any of you give us any travelling tips, to avoid any tricks, or help for tourist if any problems ? Does it provided any RELIABLE Local Guide or Local Tours travelling Vigan City ? If any, how much does the product cost ? In what currency ? Thank you very much for your above advices

The shortest way is via Laoag airport. The airport in Baguio is no longer operational. There are about three flights daily to Laoag via Manila. Vigan is very, very safe. No need to worry about security. Tours can be availed via the many kalesa (horse-drawn carriages) around the city. Tours are paid in peso. Fees are set at P150.00 per hour. Hope you enjoy your Vigan tour!

Christian Sangoyo, Firstly, thank you very much for your reply here indeed. Your in depth and amazing introduction with the available links for the travaling spots of Vigan City become my major reference of tour guide. WELL DONE !! However, could you give me one more your advice that, both of us tourists, put forwards our trips, that we are going to a 5D4N trips Vigan and Laoag (and Pagudpud if time allows) the forthcoming Easter 25-29/03/2016. As we have learnt of the rich religious and cultural influences in Vigan and Laoag, we would like to experience such a holy Easter there, but we wonder if all shops and services such as caterings and souvenir shops will be closed due to the regular holiday between the coming Easter, would you offer us any more opinions please ? Thank you very much for your advice. Looking forwards to hearing from you soon. May god bless you !! Cheers !! Vivienne.

Hi Vivienne, I haven't celebrated Easter at Vigan yet, but if I were to guess, the shops and restaurants would be open, with only a few closing down. The reason, a lot of Filipinos generally travel during the Easter break.

One more question that We wonder if all shops and services such as caterings and souvenir shops will be CLOSED A BIT EARLIER OR EVEN CLOSED due to the regular holiday between the coming Easter, would you offer us any more opinions please ? Thank you !! Vivienne

During Good Friday and Black Saturday, there might be some shops that would close, but I don't think all the shops would close. :)

Thank you so much for your opinions my friend !! I think both of us tourists will rest assured to enjoy our Vigan and Laoag tour the forthcoming Easter !!

No problem Vivienne, update me regarding your Vigan trip! :)

As a first time back-packer, this is really a huge help. KUDOS! :) I will be planning more escapades alone in the future and I will surely refer to your blog, Sir. :)

Hi Grae, Vigan was also the first place I backpacked solo!

Hello, How much po estimate per head sa 3D tour?

Hi Jezreel, will post a trip budget section soon :)

Hello Christian! Im from Vigan, Iloco is the dialect of Ilocanos/Bigueños. Thank you for your remarks. :)

Hi! Thank you for that, will update this Vigan guide soon :)

Hello! Im travelling to Vigan this coming month, and planning to do a side trip to Baguio. And acc. to what I have read, PARTAS bus trans. offers VIGAN-BAGUIO TRIP. May I know what are the departure time and rates of PARTAS. Thank you in advance, and your blog is super helpful!

Hi Gerrlene, a Vigan-Baguio tour sounds great! Unfortunately, I don't have a detailed schedule regarding Partas' Vigan-Baguio route. I suggest you call them up. :)

Hi, Me and my friends are planning to visit Vigan by our own car. Do you think is it advisable na magdala ng car or better commute na lang? And aside from that, Can you tell me kung anong hotel ang maayos and affordable to stay in which is malapit lang sa tourist atttaction. By the way, we're travelling with kids. thank you...

Hi Raymon, Vigan by car is good since you can stop on a few other spots on your way to Vigan. The only downside is it can be quite tiring due to the long drive. For accommodation, Grandpa's Inn is quite close to Calle Crisologo and is not that expensive. :)

Hello Christian Sangoyo.Gusto namin mag vacation in Vigan ng Girlfriend ko, taga Pampanga pa kasi kame, ask ko lang if paano makaka punta sa Vigan, saan kami sasakay? and if ever ilan bus, then sana sa pa balik din namin ng pampanga anu yung magiging route ng bus. salamat

Hi Gabriel, buses bound for Vigan pass thru Dau bus terminal, you can board from there straight to Vigan. The only thing is, you have to take a chance regarding the seats since buses might leave full from Manila :)

another Question Sir Christian ng check ako ng mga hotel sa vigan, my alam ka ba na mag kano yung per night ng hotel sir?. yung sana mejo mura?

Hi Gabriel, you may check Agoda to sort the prices for hotels: http://www.agoda.com/?cid=1649989

Hello sir. Nagpplan po kami umalis ng friend ko at pumunta ng Vigan ng katapusan nitong May. Dalawa lang po kami. If ever, how much po per person ang kailangan naming dalhin? Okay na po ba per person ang 1600.00? Included na ang fare, foods, and transpo sa Vigan.. Guto lang po kasi namin ng matipid yet memorable trip. Please reply. <3 Thanks

Him sorry for the delayed response. P1,600 is a bit too low for a budget since the fare itself from Manila is at P600 one way. I'll put up a budget section here in the future :)

Hi Christian. I'll be traveling to Vigan for 3days on September alone. I'll be using your blog as my travel guide. As much as possible, Id be visiting all what u have shared in here. But can you suggest a hotel for me? I just need a clean and cheap hotel/inn where I can sleep at night, place my bag and shower. I;ll be out all day til night exploring Vigan.

Hi Cherry, I usually recommend Grandpa's Inn, it's set on a real ancestral house, it's cheap and it's just a minute by foot from Calle Crisologo. :)

Thank you. I'll check the place out.

how long is the estimated traveltime from manila?

As posted above, Vigan is about 8 to 10 hours by bus from Manila

Hi christian we are from bacolod negros occidental me, my husband and my little 1yr old girl planning to visit vigan this year my concern is meron bang air transportation going vigan from bacolod? Im considering my baby kasi sa way na buss manila to vigan 8-10hr

Hi, unfortunately, there are no flights going in to Vigan

i will travelling tomorrow. and i am reading your blog for about months already. just wan to know if the itenirary can walk?

Yes, most of the places are walking distance from each other :)

i am a solo traveler and i am following your itinerary.. please let me know fare for this? since i dont have car. and do you have how much is the cost? will it be safe to trave alone?

It is quite safe to travel alone in Vigan. As for the fare, I listed them above :)

thanks for this! I find this very useful.. I just want to know, how will I avail the kalesa tour?

Hi there, there are a lot of kalesa available near the plaza. Just ask one of them :)

hi po baka po you may want to rent an innova..you may contact us at 09323535742.. we will give you a big discount.. thanks

hello po .. punta po kami vigan sa 29-30 galing po kami baguio at biyahe kami ng 8 am mga kahpon nanjan na po kami advice naman po san hotel na mura or inn na maganda at very low price but quality namalapit lang sa tourist spot para ma sulit namin oras salamat po sa sagott

by the way dalawa lang po kami ng asawa ko.. is 10000 very good budget na ? pero tipid padin sana kami sa hotel para mas madami kami mabili na pasalubong

Hi! Ask lang po ano kaya magandang itenirary if we want to go to pagudpud ,sand dunes and wind mill? Okay na po kaya ang 3 days 2 nights if we will copy your itenirary plus pagudpud, sand dunes and wind mill?.. May entrance fee po ba sa mga museum? Thank you. God bless

3 days and 2 nights for Vigan plus Pagudpud, Sand Dunes and Bangui Windmill is doable, especially if you have a car. Museums charge minimum entrance fees, less than a hundred pesos per head :)

Hi Christian, good job for this one. Just want to comment on the translation of Good evening. I guess it is more appropriate to use "Naimbag a rabii". And this is the most commonly used. :-) An ilokano reader here. :-)

Hi, thank you for that! Updated the language section :)

Hi, are there overnight buses traveling from Vigan to Baguio? How late or how early are the trips? Thank you.

Hi Aian, I'm not sure if there are overnight Vigan to Baguio buses. Better check with them directly.

Hello po pwede po bang magtanong anu po ang mabuting transportasyon papunta ng vigan ? Kasi po ang boyfriend ko Hindi gusto ng bus

There's no other public transpo going to Vigan besides buses. What you can do, if you want to ride via vans, is to join tour groups from Manila

Hi! So helpful ng blog mo. Hopefully mapuntahan namin ng boyfriend ko lahat ng places na nakaindicate dito. Salamat :-)

Hi Fatima! How many days are you staying in Vigan? Enjoy your trip!

Good eve po Kc pg pupunta aq ng vigan sa may partas po ung hotel n pgsstayan q ok lng po b n sa my cubao aq sumakay ppnta ng Vigan bka po kc mli ung bus n masakyan q

Hi, yes you may ride any buses going to Vigan from Cubao. It's quite easy to get around Vigan City by tricycle or even by walking, once there.

Thank you so much po pte if ever po anong hotel ang recommended mo n ok pg stayan for couple ?

Hi Kallen, I usually stay at Grandpa's Inn since I'm on a budget. But if you have cash to spare, there are much more luxurious hotels in Vigan. You may check this link: https://www.agoda.com/city/vigan-ph.html?cid=1649989

Hi! Sa mga inn's ba dapat magpareserve ka habang nasa manila or kaya naman na pagdating na lang sa vigan?

Hi Kaycee, you may reserve at Grandpa's Inn from Manila :)

Hi sir Christian, ask ko lang wer exact located yung partas terminal sa cubao? Are they operating everyday going to Vigan?

Partas Cubao is along Aurora Boulevard. If your on the southbound traffic on Edsa, it's on the right. Yes, they have daily trips to Vigan.

Thanks Christian! Anyway, malapit lang ba yung Grandpa's Inn sa bababaan ng bus? Im coming from Manila and it's my first time kasi, tapos solo pa kaya hindi ko alam :) Plus, I'm planning to take the night trip, kung 6-8hrs yung travel time, hindi ako makakapag stay agad sa Grandpa's Inn, right? Any suggestions? Thanks!

Hi Kaycee, Grandpa's Inn is near the bus stations in Vigan. If you have a big luggage, you can ride a tricycle for a minimal fee. Vigan is quite small, you'll be there in no time. Regarding early check in, better call them if they would allow it. When I stayed there before, they let me check in early. If it's not possible, just leave your bag at the lobby and tour Vigan first until check in time :)

After vigan po sana gusto ko pumunta ng bangui wind mills, malayo po ba yon from vigan?

Hi, the Bangui Windmills is just an hour or so away from Vigan. There are buses going there regularly from the city. :)

This is one very useful and helpful blog. My family will surely use your guide. Hopefully we can go to the places you have listed here. Thanks! :)

Hi Edna! Thanks for finding my Vigan travel blog helpful :)

thank you so much for the info about Vigan actualy i have research paper about vigan and this one is very helpful for my report, thank u so much.

Hi Arsiel, glad to be of help! What's your Vigan report about?

I really enjoy reading your blog. very informative and detailed. Can you give an advise reagrding Pros & Cons if mag-travel kami during holy week (Mon-wed)? We really appreciate that. God bless

Hi Ricky, there is only cons in traveling to Vigan during the holy week. Everything is going to be full and there would be a huge crowd around Calle Crisologo. Better if you reschedule your trip on date that's not a holiday

I'm planning to travel to Vigan this summer and I'm from Santiago City, Isabela what particular buss travels direct to Vigan? Thank you

Hi Evelyn, I haven't really tried going to Vigan via Isabela yet. But I'm sure there are buses that can connect the two together. Do share your bus trip here after you've visited Vigan please :)

I'm thankful for this informative blog coz I'm planning to visit Vigan this holy week and it will surely a big help for someone like me that is first timer in this City. Kudos to the author!

Hope you enjoyed your Vigan trip! :)

Sir, sabi nang nakapuntang friend ko mahal daw po ang binibiling tubig sa vigan, advisable po ba magdala nang tubig para makatipid :) pupunta po kasi kami ngaung april 20-23 17 po kami at sa group tour po kami

May mga covenience stores naman po dun, but it would definitely help if you bring your own reusable water bottle :)

hi can i ask if how often ang bus trips from vigan going to cubao, especially this holy week. cant hold any online bus booking, so chances are we are going to buy ticket when we are at vigan na. pls advise on this

Hi, sorry but the frequency of trips to and from Vigan changes depending on the season and the whims of the bus companies. Better call them :)

Sir your blog is very helpful. I'm planning to visit vigan and I'm a solo traveller. I was just wondering meron bang cheap lodges/accomodation around 300-500 per night (just like in baguio.) na nagoffer near sa bus terminal na babaan or sa calle crisologo? I'm worried where to stay when I get there. Short budget lang 6k for 2 days

No need to find a hotel near the terminal, Vigan is very small. You can find cheap inns around town. 6k is more than enough for two days

hi! can i do this for 1 day tour in vigan?

Yes, you can definitely do Vigan on a day tour

Any suggestion where we can leave our things since we just want day tour in vigan and go straight to Laoag.

Hi Jan, that seems like a problem since there are really no malls in Vigan where you can leave your bags. What you can do instead, is rent a karitela to tour around Vigan, that way you can just leave your things at the carriage while you explore the town's tourist spots.

May byahe po ba going laoag from monumento near lrt station.

Hi Gladz, there are currently no bus going to Vigan from Monumento.

Hi, do you know for the recommended inn there? clean and OK for the budget. Thank you

I usually recommend Grandpa's Inn. But if you want the lowest price, you may check here https://www.agoda.com/city/vigan-ph.html?cid=1649989

Hi Christian, Let's say 2 peolke are to take Day 1 and half of Day 2, what's the estimated total cost of vacation?

Hi Chrein, traveling around in Vigan is not that expensive. Will post a detailed budget guide soon, but I'd say 2,000 pesos is more than enough.

Thank you very much Christian. I appreciate it. 😊

No problem! Enjoy your Vigan trip :)

Hello sir! Thank you so much for this. Really helpful for our upcaoming trip. Ask ko lang po. Since we are traveling from Manila-Baguio and Vigan. We want to go to Bangui Windmills. Ikang hours po ba? And do you have IT for that too? Your reaponse is very much appreciated, Sir! God Bless

Hi Korene, the Bangui windmills is about two hours away from Vigan by car. By bus, it's about 2.5 to 3 hours :)

Hi thanks for this blog, we're planning to spend our Christmas in Vigan. I just want to know kung open po ung mga pasyalan this coming Christmas? thanks.

Hi Joyce, yes, I would assume that most of the tourist spots in Vigan are open during Christmas

Hello? I just saw your blog when i was looking for direction on how to go to Ilocos. I tried visiting travel fb pages but they dont have sched for the date im free so i think ill just go there alone. Good thing i found your blog to help me out. Im scared though coz ill by myself and im a woman. This will be my first time traveling as far as Ilocos. I hope its safe. I dont know if you can or you are allowed to do so but, can you please message me in fb messenger? Never mind. I'll do the things you have in this blog so im not like a lost stray tourist haha! Thanks for your blog. Great help

Hi Emily, Vigan is very safe even for solo female travelers. You have nothing to worry about. :)

Hi sir, thank you for the helpful guide, ask ko lang po, how much po yung night stay in grandpas’ inn?? Pls reply po.. thank you so much

Hi Patty, please contact Grandpa's Inn directly for an updated room rates :)

Hi po sir.. may direct na bus trip po ba from manila to vigan? thank you po Godbless

Hi, yes there are direct buses from Manila to Vigan. I listed them on the article above :)

Please put some business hours so that we may see up until when the tourist spot is available, thank you

Will do that on the next update, thanks for the suggestion :)

How can I avail the Karitela Tour? Thanks

You can avail of Vigan's Karitela tours at the plaza area. Just talk to one of the many kucheros in the area, they basically have the same rates :)

sir maiikot po ba namin mga sikat na pasyalan sa vigan from 12noon to 9pm including baluarte? ano po magandang gawin o unahin para masulit po namin ung 9hrs, salamat,

yes, you can visit a lot of places in Vigan from 12pm to 9pm. I suggest you visit the museums first, since they close by 5pm or so, then baluarte, then the other areas that are still open by night. Take a kalesa tour, so the driver can recommend which places to go to first

Your blog is marvelous. We are traveling to Vigan with a toddler any recommendation?

Hi, Vigan is a good place to visit even if you have kids. What are you particularly looking for? :)

Your posts are very thorough and informative. I was born and raised in the Philippines but I never made it to this place. Thanks for this post, I will be adding this to my must-see places in the Philippines the next time I'm in the country.

You should indeed visit Vigan! It's one of the more interesting places in the Philippines

Hi! I am very amazed by your blog. Every tip in your blog is so useful. The way you promote the place it is like you are a local there. It is very informative. I found it very essential especially when I want to travel and when I really am on a tight budget. It has many options from budget, midrange, and luxury. It encouraged me to visit the place. It gives me ideas on how I will handle my finances and how I will plan my time upon visiting that specific destination. Amongst all of your blog that I have read each one of them is perfect! This inspires me to discover wonderful places in our country. Thank you!

Awwww, thank you for appreciating my work. Enjoy your travels!

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Must-See: Vigan City’s Enchanting Heritage and Culture in Illocos Sur  – Vigan Cathedral

Why visit Vigan city, Ilocos Sur?

One of the few remaining historic colonial capitals of the Philippines that is authentic to its Spanish Colonial days, Vigan city is a wonderful historic and Unesco World Heritage site that is worthy of a visit especially if you stay in any of the beautiful hotels that have been remodeled from an old historic home. Walking around the entire city to visit living museums, specialty shops and markets, cobblestone streets and eating the delicious local foods, snacks and comfort foods of the area is really special and unique for the Philippines which does not retain enough of it’s own historic past and references.

With so much beautiful and historic present and well preserved architecture in the historic district, it is worthwhile to visit Vigan in Illocos Sud area.

Calle Crisologo in Vigan City

Vigan City, FAQ

Should you visit vigan.

Visitors that love Unesco cities and historic Spanish Colonial cities will love Vigan. A rare Colonial Spanish city in the Philippines that is well intact and easy to explore, Vigan has retained many beautiful, old buildings, streets and large squares to explore in Ilocos Sud in Luzon island.

Where is Vigan city, Illocos sur located?

Unlike the ugly urban sprawl and development of Manila and Cebu City, Vigan city maintains its unique character as a authentic Spanish colonial city, in a very compact space. Designated as a Unesco World Heritage site, the entire city has many traditional homes, converted mansions and beautiful architectural zones that make this a unique travel destination in the Philippines. For those interested in Philippine culture and history from the Spanish colonial times, this city encapsulates the look and vibe of those early days but with modern conveniences to make it a pleasant visit.

The easiest way to get to vigan city is to fly to Laoag and take a short bus ride back down to Vigan. You can also catch a bus from Manila and that will be about a nine and 1/2 hour to the city.

Best time to visit Vigan City, Illocos Sur?

The best time to visit this Spanish Colonial city is during the dry season and cooler months of December to March when the weather is pleasant with less rain and humidity in the area. During the winter time you can also experience the holidays and festivities in the city to include Holy Week and Viva Vigan, New Year’s celebrations and the Vigan City Festival. A perfect time to enjoy the outdoors, festivals and activities and also touring around the city and the historic attractions around the region.

What makes Vigan city famous?

Vigan City is famous for its intact Spanish Colonial city, architecture, squares and historic sites that you can visit. This Unesco World Heritage site has retained many of its Spanish roots with a fantastic look at a historic colonial city that is well preserved and worth visiting.

13 Top attractions and places to see and do around Vigan City, Illocos Sur

Bantay Bell tower in Vigan City

Top attractions to visit in Vigan city and surrounding area

Calle Crisologo in Vigan City

1. Calle Crisologo

Running over five blocks in the historic center of Vigan City, Calle Crisologo is the popular tourist destination with many of the Spanish colonial homes in the street converted into shops, restaurants, inns and other tourist attractions that give you a taste of what this colonial city looks like with cobble stone streets and kalesa horse buggies ply through the main thoroughfare.

Here’s a fun night time visit and tour of this historic street to visit in Vigan

Calesa rides Calle Crisologo in Vigan City

2. Kalesa ride through the historic districts of Vigan City

One of the best ways to slow down to the colonial lifestyle and pace of Vigan is to travel by kalesa or a horse drawn carriage with a driver. Kalesa drivers ply the main tourist areas of the city to show you the best parts of the colonial capital depending on how far you want to go and see around the city.  Most drivers will offer you a highlight tour of the important sections and attractions around the city

Tip  – Make sure you negotiate a good price up front before you step into the kalesa and what places you want to explore from the drivers highlights of places to see.

Kalesa rides through Vigan city

Here’s a fun Calesa tour highlight in visiting Vigan city below

St. Paul Metropolitan cathedral

3. St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral

The main church of St. Pauls sits directly in front of Plaza Salcedo – the main square of the city with the dancing fountains. St. Paul’s Cathedral is part of the Unesco Heritage sites of the city and has been rebuilt many times from earthquakes, fires and other damages. The Spanish colonial style church is Neo-Gothic and Romanesque in style with the archbishop’s palace located next to the cathedral.

Plaza Salcedo In Vigan City

4. Plaza Salcedo

The large plaza fronting St. Paul Cathedral is known as Plaza Salcedo which is named after Spanish conqueror Juan de Salcedo who founded the city and region. The plaza is a very popular spot to hang out and relax in the main square of Vigan City with large monuments to check out around the square include the bronze statue of Jose Rizal (Philippine national hero), the water dancing fountains with the obelisk in the center (to honor Salcedo) and the city hall fronting the fountains. Night time is a popular time to visit with the colorful water dancing show which happens daily.

Father Burgos museum In Vigan City

5. Father Burgos Museum and Home

The city has so many heritage homes and sites and this includes the Father Burgos Museum which used to be his home.  Now managed by the Philippine National museum, rotating exhibits, art collections and a visit to the home and personal collection of Father Burgos gives you an insight to the daily life, memorabilia and Spanish colonial lifestyle to living in Vigan city.

Sysquia mansion in historic Vigan city

6. Syquia Mansion of President Elpidio Quirino

Home to the Philippine’s sixth president, Syquia mansion is the birthplace of Elpidio Quirino who brought back the Philippines economic growth after World War II. You can take a self tour of the mansion with signage describing the elaborate rooms that are all open to visit in this colonial home.  The ancestral home has many of the personal effects, fine furnishings, antiques and memorabilia of this affluent family that made their fortune building trade in the Vigan area. The exquisite home, furnishings and beautiful details are perfectly preserved for you to see how the wealthy entertained and lived during this time frame.

Baluarte Zoo in historic Vigan city

7. Baluarte Zoo

Part zoo and then a strange collection of the owners hunting prowess with a museum on the top of the hill with his trophy wildlife collection. This private collection gifted to the city, Baluarte is a fun distraction to visit outside of the city with a beautiful view from the top hill to the ocean with some free range animals roaming around and some other caged or fenced animals that you can view from a distance. This free zoo is open to the public, but there is a charge for the tram and visit to the wildlife museum if you’re in the mood to see his trophy collection of prized heads and taxidermy.

Bizarre museum of taxidermy and prized hunts at Baluarte

Baluarte museum collection in Vigan city

8. Explore Vigan City Public Market

The expansive Vigan public market is a fun place to explore to see where the locals shop for their perishables, meats, seafood and other take away foods. Housed in two large indoor buildings the top floors are the actual markets for fruits and vegetables on one side and meat, poultry and seafood with a large section of cafes, bakeries and other take away foods. The downstairs have crafts and souvenir shops, clothing and other daily sundry items worth walking around and finding some real cheap deals or gifts to take home. This is also a great market to photograph with not so shy locals also posing and hamming it up with you when you walk around the aisles.

Poultry section at the Vigan public market

Here’s a tour of the huge public market area of Vigan

9. Explore the traditional craft of Abel Iloco in Vigan City

Traditional woven craft products are still hand-made in Vigan city and Ilocos Sur. There are traditional craft centers or coops that you can visit personally and pic up some wonderful and inexpensive hand-made woven crafts. Also, if you visit the Vigan public market, there is a large souvenir area that you can find many of the local fabrics turned into linens, clothing and other souvenirs at cheap prices.

Here’s a video showing the craft of Abel Iloco below

Bantay Belfry in Vigan City

10. Bantay Belfry

The Bantay Belfry is in another section far from the historic district – you can catch a tricycle to get to this destination. The entrance to the tower requires you to sign in and give an optional donation to visit the tower. Once you enter, you climb up a nicely landscaped area and then enter the door where you climb two sets of stairs to two observation areas, but the top deck has great views and a nice cool breeze flowing through which made me want to stay longer to enjoy the great views from the top. The name Bantay means to watch and was used as a lookout for raiders coming close to the town.

Poultry section at the Vigan public market

I head back down the tower and enjoy a nice last view and spot the wedding couple again taking pictures in the garden. Just outside the gate are a few more vendors selling crafts and snacks and I stop again to try another savory empanadas and fried shrimp okoy with a spicy vinegar sauce. When the temperatures are hot I usually just stick to small snack foods to keep me going instead of the typical heavy meals served in the restaurants. There are also a few cafes and small eateries just outside of the church if you are looking for a bigger meal.

Bantay church in Vigan City

11. Bantay Church

The church is quite elaborate with a beautiful exterior and interior – a wedding photo shoot was in progress which made it fun to also take photos with a wedding couple. I checked out the lovely outside garden and chapel before heading out to climb the massive bell tower.

Interior details of Bantay Church in Vigan City

Bantay church gardens and outdoor chapel

outdoor gardens of Bantay Church in Vigan City

Here’s a view of Bantay Church and the belfry from a drone view above

12. Plaza Burgos in Vigan City

Located in the historic district, Plaza Burgos is the starting point of the cobbled streets of Calle Crisologo along with a variety of fast food, take out eateries and the popular empanada shacks that Vigan city is known for its famous snack – the empanada. Old colonial structures line the square along with very well established restaurants serving a variety of Ilocano specialties from the region. If you’re looking for food venues, take a walk around the square and then to Calle Crisologo and check out the menus and daily specials to the various places you pass through.

Plaza Burgos in Vigan City

Old colonial buildings around Plaza Burgos

Plaza Burgos in Vigan City

What to eat in Vigan city and where

There are many must eat types of specialty foods to try here in Vigan that are local, authentic and delicious to try. Here’s what we recommend

Vigan empanadas

By far the most popular snack food or side dish in Vigan is empanadas. You will find empanada stands almost anywhere within the crowded plazas of Vigan, Empanada is something Vigan takes pride in.

Made with a combination of ingredients including Longganisang Iloko, beans, shredded cabbages, grated unripe papayas, onion, garlic and egg makes up the core of orange-colored Empanada.

It’s good to visit the many stands where sellers make it right before your very eyes which is also another interesting sight.

Pinakbet or Pakbet called locally is a delicious vegetable dish made with eggplants, okra, string beans, chili peppers, and bitter gourd. If you’re feeling a bit conscious about your health, this is the perfect meal to try out in Vigan and a very popular local favorite dish to enjoy.

This popular Vigan style sausage is all the rage around the Philippines with the popular pork belly styled meat dish. Made traditionally and dried under the sun, marinated then deep-fried to make it super crispy with tender meat on the inside.  Bagnet is recognized as the region’s delicacy symbol and is delicious and crunchy on the outside in fried perfection and so cholesterol-rich but oh so good to eat as a local delicacy.

Longganisang Iloko

A favorite local sausage, the Longganisang Iloko is known as Vigan Longganisa and a must try local sausage made and sold in the various markets around town. Very aromatic, plump, full of garlic, tatty and seen as a bit yellowish compared to usual sausages but one will convince you of the amazing flavors and aromas that is so well loved for this iconic sausage.

Filipinos cook them in a pan with a bit of water. After the water evaporates, the longganisa is fried using its own fat and is further fried until it turns slightly brown. It brings out its best flavor when dipped in vinegar and eaten with a plate of rice and eggs.

Royal Bibingka

For any sweet tooth, this is a must-try local dessert. The royal bibingka one of Vigan’s specialties of a spongy rice cake dessert. The crusty top and the sticky but soft cupcaked-sized body makes up the crowd favorite bibingka. Topped with cheese and butter, you can never go wrong with a Royal Bibingka.

Empanada food stalls plaza Burgos

Empanada food stalls

Located on the far end of Plaza Burgos, you’ll find the empanada food stalls where all the fried specialties including empanadas, okoy, grilled barbeques and soups are made fast and are an inexpensive snack or quick meal.  Around the square are a variety of shops and small malls selling a variety of souvenirs, t-shirts and clothing and other local made crafts and food items.

 Here’s a video of the famous Vigan Empanadas

eating out vigan city at Sitio food park

13. Sitio Food Park

Just outside of Vigan city is the cool new venue called Sitio Food Park which are old containers refashioned into a hip new dining, bar and hangout space with live music. Popular all day, the scene is really active at night time with live bands, neon and spotlights to create a fun vibe with many food choices to choose from snacks, desserts to local traditional food or even fusion food.  Come to Sitio if you’re looking for something different and lively at night time in Vigan City.

Traditional to fusion at Sitio Food Park

eating out vigan city at Sitio food park

Where to eat around Vigan city

With fantastic food from the Illocano region, you’ll love eating out and trying out all the delicious local food and specialties from the area.

Here are some popular places where you can indulge in the city’s mouthwatering food offerings:

Calle Crisologo: This iconic street not only offers a glimpse into Vigan City’s Spanish colonial past with its well-preserved ancestral houses but also serves as a culinary haven. Numerous cafes and restaurants line the street, offering traditional dishes such as Vigan longganisa (local sausage), bagnet (crispy fried pork), and empanada (a savory pastry filled with ground meat, vegetables, and egg). You can savor these delectable treats while immersing yourself in the charming ambiance of the historic surroundings.

Plaza Burgos: Located near the St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral, Plaza Burgos is a bustling area filled with food stalls and eateries. Here, you can sample Vigan’s famous street food, including the iconic Vigan empanada, which is a must-try. The empanada features a crispy orange crust filled with a savory mixture of ground pork, vegetables, and egg. You can also find other local delights like okoy (deep-fried shrimp patties), sinanglaw (beef innards stew), and various grilled skewers.

Hidden Garden: Tucked away from the busy streets, Hidden Garden is a tranquil oasis that not only boasts beautiful gardens but also houses a restaurant serving authentic Vigan dishes. You can savor traditional favorites like poqui-poqui (grilled eggplant with tomatoes and onions), pinakbet (mixed vegetables sautéed in shrimp paste), and igado (pork and liver stew). The serene ambiance and lush surroundings add to the dining experience.

Bantay Abot Cave and Sitio Food Park: Located near Vigan City, Bantay Abot Cave offers a unique dining experience at Sitio Food Park. Set amidst the stunning landscape, the food park features various food stalls serving a range of local specialties. From traditional Ilocano dishes to grilled seafood and refreshing drinks, you can enjoy a scrumptious meal while taking in the breathtaking views of the cave and the coastline.

Check out this video of places to eat around the city now and the best street food venues in town.

Here’s another Vigan inspired food visit below

Where to stay in Vigan City

  There are plenty of fantastic accommodations, but the best stays are in some of the beautiful homes repurposed into inns or hotels. Here are some of the wonderful choices for inns to add to your stay and visit to Vigan City below.

Hotel Luna – nicely restored with a swimming pool, the comfortable rooms and modern amenities make this stay and close proximity to Calle Crisologo ideal in the historic district.

Hotel Salcedo de Vigan – Beautifully restored colonial home in the heart of the historic district with spacious rooms, fantastic buffet breakfast and friendly front desk service.

Vigan Plaza Hotel – A grand colonial home restored with beautiful antiques, large rooms with historic details and features in the rooms and main room. In the historic district with comfortable sized rooms.

Check out these other listing reviews with Trip Advisor here for current prices and availability.

Weather and best time to visit Vigan City

Planning a trip to Vigan City? Here’s your guide to the weather and the best time to visit this historic gem:

Weather Overview: Vigan City experiences a tropical climate with distinct wet and dry seasons.

Dry Season (November – April):

  • Best Time to Visit: The dry season, particularly from December to February, is considered the best time to visit. Expect sunny days and pleasant temperatures, making it ideal for exploring the city’s heritage sites, such as Calle Crisologo and the Vigan Cathedral.

Wet Season (May – October):

  • Rainy Months: June to September see the most rainfall.
  • Considerations: While the wet season can bring lush greenery to the surroundings, heavy rains may hinder outdoor activities. Flooding is also a possibility during this time.
  • Viva Vigan Festival (First Week of May): If you’re interested in cultural celebrations, consider visiting during the Viva Vigan Festival, which showcases street dancing, parades, and various cultural events.

Weather Tips:

  • Light Clothing: Regardless of the season, lightweight and breathable clothing is recommended due to the city’s warm and humid climate.
  • Umbrella/Rain Gear: If visiting during the wet season, carry an umbrella and rain gear to stay dry during sudden showers.

Conclusion: The best time to visit Vigan City for ideal weather conditions is during the dry season, from November to April. However, if you don’t mind occasional rain and want to experience the city’s cultural festivities, consider the Viva Vigan Festival in May. Whatever time you choose to visit, Vigan City’s rich heritage and captivating history await your exploration.

More details about visiting Vigan City, Illocos Sur

It’s relatively easy to get around the city by taxi or tricycle, you can also hire a Kalesa ride to take you to any of the historic places around the city.

Try some of the local Ilocano specialty dishes like empanadas or okoy, loggonnisa (local sausages), and popular main dishes like pinakbet, bagnet (fried pork belly)

There are quite a few spas around Vigan City which are a fantastic and inexpensive way to wind down after touring around the city. You can check out the various spas here for more details

Stay in the historic district so it is easier to just walk around and see some of the main attractions and take taxis to the outlying areas..

How to get to Vigan city in Ilolos Sud

Located in the Northwest sector of the Philippines on Luzon Island, the city is very far to get to in the Ilocos Sud Region. The main way to get there is by plane, bus or private transportation. The distance from Manila to Vigan is about 264 miles and average time to get there is from 5.5 to 6 hours or quicker by plane.

Getting there by plane

The easiest way to get to Vigan City is by flying from Manila to the closest airport at Laoag and taking a bus or hired car to Vigan City. There are about 4 main bus lines from Laoag to Vigan City and the best schedule is with Partas Bus lines and you can check out their availability here .

Getting to Vigan by Bus

Getting to Vigan from Manila by bus takes about 9 hours but is the cheapest option to getting to Vigan City. If you are ready for the long ride from Manila to Vigan city there are many bus lines from Manila that cover this route. You can check out the many bus routes here for more information and current prices.

Getting to Vigan by taxi or private car

You can go by private car or taxi to Vigan for more privacy and even stop at various places of interest along the way. Or you can easily rent a car and do the trip yourself, if you want to explore many attractions and other historic sites to visit along the way.

Getting around Vigan City

Once you arrive in Vigan, you can easily explore the city on foot or hire a tricycle, a common mode of transportation in the area. Enjoy your journey to Vigan City, filled with historical charm and cultural wonders.

More inside tips to visiting and enjoying Vigan City

Here are some insider tips to enhance your visit to Vigan City:

Early Morning Walk: Start your day early and take a leisurely stroll along Calle Crisologo, the city’s iconic cobblestone street. The early morning hours offer a quieter and less crowded experience, allowing you to fully appreciate the preserved heritage buildings and capture stunning photos.

Kalesa Ride: Explore the city in a traditional horse-drawn carriage called a kalesa. It’s a unique way to tour Vigan’s narrow streets and enjoy the charming ambiance. Negotiate the price beforehand and agree on the duration of the ride to avoid any misunderstandings.

Try Local Delicacies: Don’t miss the chance to savor Vigan’s famous delicacies. Indulge in authentic Vigan longganisa (sausages), empanada (savory pastry), and sinanglao (beef soup). Visit the local market or try renowned eateries like Café Leona or Hidden Garden’s Café to sample these delectable treats.

Visit Baluarte: Take a trip to Baluarte, a wildlife sanctuary and mini zoo owned by former Governor Chavit Singson. Explore the vast grounds and get up close with animals like tigers, ostriches, and reptiles. The entrance is free, making it a great place for families and animal enthusiasts.

Attend the Vigan Heritage Festival: If your visit coincides with the Vigan Heritage Festival, make sure to participate in the festivities. This annual event celebrates the city’s cultural heritage with parades, street performances, and various traditional activities. It’s a fantastic opportunity to immerse yourself in the vibrant local culture.

Visit Hidden Gardens: Escape the bustling city center and unwind at Hidden Gardens. This picturesque garden showcases beautiful landscapes, native plants, and antique collections. You can also enjoy a relaxing meal at their restaurant, which offers a serene ambiance.

Take a Pottery Workshop: Engage in a hands-on experience by joining a pottery workshop at RG Jar Factory. Learn the art of pottery-making from skilled craftsmen and create your unique souvenir to take home.

Remember to stay hydrated, wear comfortable shoes for walking, and respect the city’s cultural heritage by following local customs and regulations. Enjoy your time exploring the captivating city of Vigan!

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Have you been to Vigan City in the Philippines?

We have covered a lot of fun things to do around Vigan City, but if we missed anything, please do share your experiences in the comments section below.

You’ll enjoy your visit and stay around Vigan to explore this wonderful Unesco site and walk around this city of restored homes, public buildings and shopping venues around the regional capital city of Ilocos Sud.

Conclusion on visiting Vigan City, Ilocos Sur region

Discover the enchantment of Vigan City, where history comes alive amidst preserved colonial architecture. From strolling Calle Crisologo to savoring local delicacies, each moment is an immersion into a bygone era. Experience vibrant festivals, pottery workshops, and the tranquility of Hidden Gardens. Vigan’s warm hospitality and authentic charm invite you to embrace its rich cultural heritage. Let this captivating city leave an indelible mark on your heart as you explore the timeless allure of Vigan—an unforgettable destination that exceeds expectations and creates cherished memories.

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SirangLente by DDalisay

Planning to do a backpacking in Ilocos Norte and Sur to discover the new destinations. Crossing my fingers to visit all within 24-48 hours.


Enjoy,hope you get to these must see Vigan tourist spots in Ilocos Sur

Anita Hendrieka

I never knew this place existed! I would love to take a visit to the watchtower and the markets. It sounds like there is lots of great stuff to do in Vigan!

Vigan City is one of those rare colonial cities in the Philippines that remained relatively intact and is definitely worth a visit


Whenever I think of Philippines, I think about beaches and never the colonial city. But the Vigan city in Ilcos Sur looks quite impressive and interesting. Riding by Kalesa horse buggies to experience the colonial lifestyle will be on top of my list. Plaza Salcedo and Abel illoco is another attraction I would love to hang and shop around. Great pictures and thanks for sharing.

Most people think of the Philippines as beaches and islands, but there are some cultural gems worth visiting like Vigan city in Ilocos Sud

Anneklien Meanne

I was born and bred here, its so nice reading articles about my home town Vigan City…. you missed going to PAGBURNAYAN a local pottery neighbourhood. Did you try to visit places making the VIGAN longanisa (local sausage)

Oh yes I visiting some of those places that do make and sell Longonissa, the Vigan Sausage specialty. Thanks for suggesting this.


I am nostalgic abut our tour of Ilocos. I can never forget how we were overtaken by the cyclone and reached Manila after a delay of many hours. Your photos are just too good Nathan. Especially the street photos :).

It looks like its back to normal and Vigan city is shining with beautiful architecture, food and places to explore


I had never heard of Vigan city. A little bit of Spain in Philippines! 🙂 Loved the quirky, rustic charm on the streets with colonial architecture and an authentic character of it’s own! Calle Crisologo looks like a superb place for street shots and people watching. Loved the architecture of St. Paul’s Metropolitan Cathedral and the vintage charm of Father Burgos Museum and Home! I’d love to visit the traditional raft centres of Abel Iloco! Thanks for such an insightful post!

It’s well preserved and well worth the Unesco designation, a must visit to Vigan City


Vigan City looks like a great place to explore. I still haven’t made it to the Philippines, but I hope to fix that next year. I would certainly head for that food market, and climb up Bantay Belfry to get a view of the town. I had no idea this would be a UNESCO World Heritage Site. I do try to get to as many of those as I can.

Vigan city is very compact and easy to explore with all the interesting monuments, public squares and architecture – very unique for the Philippines


I still need to see more of the Philippines and Vigan will definitely make it to my itinerary next year.

It is beautiful in Ilocos Sud and Vigan City

Hannah Lukaszewicz

Yet another place in the Philippines we need to visit. We spent in the Philippines back in 2014 but I think you could spend YEARS there exploring. So many amazing places.

If you like Unesco sites then you would definitely enjoy exploring Vigan City Hannah


Vigan City looks so different to my perception of The Philippines. I guess I just imagined great beaches and didn’t realise there were such fabulous historic districts. Really eye opening.

This is unique for the Philippines, it really is a special city.

Melanie Klien

I want to see the Philippines so badly and I think this place looks much more attractive than Manila (although I am not very aware of things to do in Manila). I loved to read you enjoyed the empanadas and now I am hungry 🙂 Bantay Belfry looks really cool. I think I wouldn’t enjoy the market with all the dead animals and I am a bit worried that the horses have to work a lot with carrying people around. The place looks really cool and I hope I can visit one day.

Vigan city is very unique to the Philippines and not like the busy metropolis of Manila

alison abbott (@GreenWithRenvy)

What a beautiful Unesco site. I spend many years in and out of Manila in the 80’s, but never had the opportunity to visit other pieces of the country. clearly I missed a lot. Vigan City reminds me a bit of Cuba with all the colonial influences. Thanks for the visit, your photos really tell a story.

Vigan city is very different than the rest of the country and really maintains its heritage, hence the Unesco status, thanks for visiting.

McCool Travel

This is quite a comprehensive look at Vigan and Ilocos Sur. Those food stalls are calling my name. Mmmmmmm, empanadas.

Vigan City is very historic, cool and fun at the same time.

Rhonda Albom

I love the architecture and style of this city. While I enjoy seeing all the church interiors, there is so much more to this city. I would definitely visit the Sitio food park.

Vigan City is definitely a beautiful Unesco city in Ilocos Sur, I think you would definitely enjoy touring the entire region Rhonda


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Last updated on August 5th, 2022 at 02:18 am

We will tell you all the Vigan tourist spots and things to do in Vigan that you can try.  Vigan is a city in the Philippines located in   Ilocos Sur . It’s known for its preserved Spanish colonial and Asian architecture.

And because of its beauty and its well-preserved Spanish-era streets, Vigan has been listed as a  UNESCO World Heritage Site . Vigan is one of the oldest towns in the Philippines, so if you go there, you will experience the ancient feels of the city. You can not just enjoy the view, but Vigan can also make your tummy happy with the delicacies they have!

Read here our travel guide  where to stay in Vigan   things to do in Laoag   and Baguio tourist spots


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Getting to vigan by plane from manila.

If you are getting to Vigan via plane, you can book a flight from Manila to Laoag thru Cebu Pacific. After arriving in Laoag, you can take a bus with  Laoag-Vigan route or buses heading to Manila  then drop off at Vigan. This trip will take about 2 hours and will cost  100 PHP .


If you are getting to Vigan from Manila by bus. There are buses that are en-route directly to Vigan like Viron, Ancieto and Partas bus. The ride will take at least  8 hours  on the road and will costs around  700 PHP.  This is perfect if you want to enjoy the sight seeing on the way to Vigan.

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If you are getting to Vigan from Clark Pampanga, you can ride the shuttle or jeepney going to Dau Integrated Bus Terminal. Look for a bus going to Vigan or Laoag. Travel time can take up to  8-9 hours depending on the traffic.  From Dau to Vigan there are Parta buses going there and it costs  600 PHP  one way.

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If you are getting to Vigan from Baguio, the trip will take 3-4 hours. You can take a bus going to Laoag and drop off at Vigan along the way. Fare is about  400 PHP one way . Read here how to get from  Baguio to Vigan .

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The main transportation around Vigan is tricycle. There’s also a calesa, or a carriage that will be pulled by a horse. You can ride a  calesa  while exploring and sight seeing around Vigan. Prices for an hour around Vigan can be 200-300 PHP and it can fit until 4 people maximum. There are jeepneys vans or buses for longer distances.

Vigan isn’t a big city and you can go walking to most of the places.


There are a number of ATM Machines in Vigan, but most are in the town area. There are different banks as well. There are also hotels that has ATM machines nearby the vicinity but it is still advisable to always bring cash for emergencies. There are also exchange offices if you are bringing cash.

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Hotels and other establishments in Vigan offers free wifi for guests and tourists. The internet in Vigan used to be pretty slow, but recently it become pretty reliable but can still experience slowness at times. Luckily the connection improved and you can get  LTE with Globe and Smart  around Vigan.

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Vigan enjoys two kinds of seasons,  the dry season from November to April  and the  wet season from May to October.  It is recommended that travelers visit during dry season, especially from  December  to  February  when temperatures are much cooler and touring will most likely not be interrupted by rains and will not be really hot going around.

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For budget or DIY travelers, you’ll surely choose cheaper options especially when it comes to accommodation. before,  Vigan used to be expensive to go  to, but since the place began one of the  best destination for travelers , foreign or local, DIY or budget travel is now very possible.

Including accommodation, food, transportation and some entrance fees on the side, you can go around Vigan for  a day for 1500 PHP or even less!

With  1500 PHP  can be a good budget with food, transportation and accommodation plus entrance fees to some spots since msot of them are with donation or free of charge.

You can go for local food for  50-70 PHP  in local carenderias and around 150 PHP in local restaurants in Vigan where you will find Filipino and Western food.

For accommodation a  budget room  would cost minimum  1000 PHP ($20 USD) and you can go up to 5000 PHP . There are Airbnb options starting from  $15-25 .




If you want to explore Vigan and its charming colonial beauty, there are a lot things to do in Vigan. You can either book a tour package but of course, a DIY trip is also possible! Here are the activities and things you can try to do while you are in the beautiful place of Vigan.


The first in the list of Vigan tourist spots is Plaza Salcedo. The Main Plaza is Vigan is the first thing that we saw. It’s really beautiful for waking around. Next to Vigan Plaza you will find a few places to eat street food and restaurants around.


Vigan Cathedral is also known as the Metropolitan Cathedral of St. Paul the Apostle. Vigan Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral and it’s located closed to Crisologo Street and Plaza Burgos.


Dancing Fountain Show at Plaza Salcedo​ at 7 pm during weekdays and during the weekends there is a second show qt 8 30 pm. It;s so beautiful and is one of the Vigan tourist spots that you can’t skip.


The Syquia Mansion is a Majestic,  19th-century stone mansion  that features grand,  opulent rooms , period furnishings & art.  The Syquia Mansion tour is free,  but a donation may be given to the caretaker.


Padre Burgos House  or also called  National Museum,  is  the ancestral house and birthplace of priest patriot Fr. Jose Burgos. It is one of the  notable historic structures of Vigan , the capital of the province of Ilocos Sur.  It is a two-story structure  located near the Provincial Capitol and close to St. Paul’s Metropolitan Cathedral.


Calle Crisologo dominates the  Mestizo district,  with its cobblestone streets, malecón,  horse-drawn carriages  and rustic mansions, you will surely  feel like you’ve been transferred to a different place, rather, to a different time!

Full of souvenirs and picturesque everywhere, you feel like walking around old towns in Spain. You can’t miss in the list of Vigan tourist spots.


This Museum is the house of the late former politician Floro S. Crisologo. It is now turned into a museum with memorabilia & furniture.  The Crisologo Museum is found along De Los Reyes Street in Vigan. 


Baluarte Chavit Singson or Baluarte Zoo is a zoological park in Vigan, Ilocos Sur Philippine s that is owned by  Chavit Singson .   Baluarte  is just ten minute drive from  Vigan  City. It features a number of live animals like ostrich, tigers, lions, ducks, camels, kangaroos, and deers among others that lives peacefully at the zoo.

There is also a  butterfly garden  and a gallery which showcases the owner’s collection from his trip to Safari.  There is no entrance fee. Operating hours is 6AM to 6PM.


Mestizo River is a stream and is located in Province of Ilocos Sur, Ilocos, Philippines. Mestizo River has so much importance in history in Vigan. It was used to transport goods in the old times.


Pagburnayan Jar Making is also a well know activity that most tourists that visits Vigan wants to experience. It is located in Brgy. Pagburnayan in Vigan. Pagburnayan is a place where they used the  old and authentic methods in pottery.

The root word “burnay” is an  earthenware jar crafted by potter’s hands  with the aid of a potter’s wheel. It uses fine sand (anay) as a tempering material and fired at a high temperature in a  huge brick-and-clay ground kiln  that make it is harder and more durable than other terra cotta.


The Abel is the traditional woven used in Vigan. The Abel cloth is strong and colorful. Abel is made from yarns of cotton or sagut from the North Luzon where they are growing of this plant.


Experience riding the colonial era’s way of transportation!  Kalesa is a horse-drawn carriage used during the Spanish colonial era in the Philippines. 

Up to this day, Kalesas can be seen anywhere in Vigan City and it’s one of the  must experience activity  while you are there.  You can ride it for 200-300 PHP for an hour  to move around these Vigan tourist spots.


The  Saint Augustine Parish Church , commonly known as  Bantay Church , is a  Roman Catholic   church  in Bantay, Ilocos Sur in the Philippines. The church was dedicated to St. Augustine of Hippo. It is also known as the  Shrine of Our Lady of Charity. 

Bantay Bell Tower is one of Vigan’s most iconic structure. Built in 1951, you can see the panoramic view of Vigan in this historical tower.


14. mindoro beach.

This beach is located in  Barangay Mindoro , located five kilometers east of the town center. The beach, which faces the West Philippine Sea, has dark but fine sands. It’s also one of the favorite places to go to by the the tourists because like most places on the Philippines in west coast, it offers a  beautiful view of the sunset .

There are cottages where guests can chill and rest. One of the features that grabs the attention of the people visiting is the  concrete breakwaters  that looked like giant jackstones.


Twin Bridge Quirino Bridge and Banaoang Bridge are located 15 kilometers far from Vigan crossing along the Abra River. Nowdays are only one of the Vigan tourist spots but it’s not used since it was damaged with the typhoon.

If you like adventure you can try the zip line in Vigan for  300 PHP  one way. And there are also kayaks and you can climb and do rappeling.


16. try longaniza.

Vigan longanisa is an Ilocano sausage delicacy with plenty of garlic and spices in the mixture. This longganisa is distinct from other native longganisa version because it is small and plump, it is not sweet unlike how the more popular longganisa tastes like.

Instead, The way to describe its taste is, it is spicy, salty, tangy and garlicky. You can see  longaniza everywhere  as street food, in local carinderias and restaurants in Vigan.


The  Vigan empanada  is much in keeping with the  Vigan  people’s love for vegetables in their cuisine. It is similar to a thin taco that is fried to a crisp, with vegetable and meat filling. Rice flour is used for making the crust or the shell.

The galapong or rice flour dough is made a day before it is used so it is a must taste if you are in Vigan. Empanadas with meat and vegetables you can find them everywhere.  For 35 PHP as street food you can taste a good ones!


Sinanglao is beef or  carabao innards boiled in beef soup stock . The seller would then slice the innards and coagulated blood in your bowl and pour the  boiling stock flavored with vinegar and kamias on it.  You then add leaks and  onion rings, according to your taste.  The best energy for visiting all the Vigan tourist spots.


Cafe Leona is a good place to have dinner. We liked it the pizza. They offer different cuisines with Western food and also local choices. The price was affordable. One of the Vigan tourist spots that you can find around Crisologo.

Bagnet  is the double-fried crispy pork specialty of Ilocos. It’s  a cross between chicharon and lechon kawali  where the lean  meat is crispy but not dry  and the pork skin is  fried to a crisp.  You’ll taste the natural taste oh so yummy taste of the pork!


Tinubong is another unique kakanin of the Ilocanos.  They usually come from  Magsingal a town up north of Vigan.  Tinubong is made up of ground glutinous rice cooked in coconut milk and sugar with strips of young coconut meats sealed in bamboo tubes.

Tinubong is a rice cake of sorts in Ilocos where  sticky rice is cooked with coconut milk inside bamboos.


From modern to colonial era style hotels to budget friendly and luxury hotels, Vigan has it all for you! You can splurge on the most luxurious stay or do a DIY and be on the budget side. No matter what you choose, Vigan will still ne enjoyable, for sure.


Set in a restored, colonial heritage house, Hotel Felicidad offer Spanish-inspired architecture and air-conditioned rooms and suites with free WiFi. Located in Vigan, the hotel has a 24-hour front desk. Each soundproofed room and suite features a flat-screen cable TV and safe. A seating area, dining table and private bathroom with shower and free toiletries are included.

Other facilities include a tour desk, airport and shuttle services at a surcharge. Free parking is also available. Hotel Felicidad Restaurant serves both local and international cuisine. Room price starts at  3000 PHP  a night.

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Bermudez Transient Rooms in Vigan is located in Vigan, within 1.8 km of Calle Crisologo. With free WiFi and private parking are available on site. The private bathroom is equipped with a shower. An Asian breakfast is available every morning at the guesthouse. Room starts at  1000 PHP  a night.


Located in Vigan, Paradores de Vigan has a fitness center. The rooms has air conditioning, a microwave, a fridge, a electric tea pot, a shower, free toiletries and a desk. Featuring a private bathroom, rooms at the hotel also have free WiFi, while some rooms also feature a balcony.

All guest rooms in Paradores de Vigan are equipped with a flat-screen TV and a hair dryer. An Asian breakfast is served at the property. Room starts at  4999 PHP  a night.


A garden and a terrace, as well as a shared lounge are offered in-house at Balay Kahel, which is located in Vigan, just one kilometer away from Bantay Bell Tower. The apartment is in an area where guests can engage in activities such as fishing and darts.

This air-conditioned apartment comes with 1 bedroom, a flat-screen TV, and a kitchen. There’s a bathroom with a bath, a bidet and free toiletries. A car rental service is available at the apartment. One night can costs 1400 PHP.



Viva vigan festival.

The Viva  Vigan Festival  of Arts is held during the first week of May. It includes dancing and music; and the highlight is the religious celebration on May 3 (Tres de Mayo), which starts with a Mass at  Vigan’s  cemetery chapel and continues with dancing in Crisologo Street and a kalesa parade.


Vigan Town Fiesta  is a week-long celebration consisting of carnivals, parades, musical extravaganzas, beauty contests and nightly cultural shows. It culminates on January 25 with the celebration of the conversion of St Paul the Apostle, the town’s patron saint.


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Vigan Travel Guide 2023: Travel Back to Colonial Philippines


Walk back in time in Vigan and feel the vibes of colonial Philippines. This Vigan travel guide provides relevant information to help you plan your visit to the famed UNESCO World Heritage City of Ilocandia. Know the latest travel requirements, information on getting there, accredited accommodation, activities, sample itinerary, budget and more.

About Vigan

Travel back to colonial Philippines in Vigan , the capital city of Ilocos Sur and one of the very few remaining Hispanic towns in the country.

Established in the 16th century as Villa Fernandina, Vigan is endowed with its timeless and well preserved beauty. It portrays an Spanish-era Philippines with its cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages called “ calesa “, ancestral houses and old structures that have survived the war and stood the test of time.


Undoubtedly, Vigan has successfully preserved its heritage, getting the nod of UNESCO for inclusion in the prestigious World Heritage Site list in 1999 as a best-preserved example of a planned Spanish colonial town in Asia.

Today, Vigan is a fusion of old and new, of east and west, of traditional and modern living. Experience the best of the Philippines in the Heritage City of the North – Vigan!


How to Get to Vigan

Manila to vigan by land.

Vigan is at least six (6) hours of land travel from Manila. Several bus lines serve the route including Partas (Contact No: 725-1740, 725-1256, 725-7303, 724-9820), Dominion Bus, Aniceto Bus and Viron Transit that travel directly daily. Meanwhile, Florida Bus Line (Contact No: 731-4473, 781-5894),  Baliwag (Contact No: 524-7111, 525-1067, 525-3064, 525-6769, 525-2338, 525-2294), Fariñas (Contact No: 743-8582), Maria De Leon Bus Lines, RCJ Bus Lines and F. Franco Transit have daily trips to Laoag , passing by Vigan. The shortened trip is via North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) and Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX).

You can book your bus or private transfer from Manila to Vigan and vice versa below.


Manila to Vigan by Air

Mindoro Airport of Vigan is a community airport intended to serve the whole province of Ilocos Sur. InterIsland Airline and  Sea Air used to fly there from Manila but the operation of the route was cancelled due to low traffic. To date, the airport serves only chartered flights.

The nearest airport with regular commercial flight is Laoag in Ilocos Norte. Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific fly to Laoag daily from Manila, travel time is an hour. Vigan is only two hours away from Laoag.

Clark to Vigan

For those coming from Diosdado Macapagal International Airport in Clark Field, Pampanga, ride the shuttle or jeepney going to Dau Integrated Bus Terminal, fare is around P50. In Dau Terminal, transfer to a bus going to Vigan or Laoag.

Abra/Tuguegarao to Vigan

If you’re coming from Tuguegarao or Abra, GMW Liner and Florida Liner operate buses between the two with stop in Vigan.

Baguio to Vigan

There are buses at Baguio City Bus Terminal going to Laoag with stop at Vigan. You can book your bus from Manila to Vigan and vice versa below.



Getting Around and Away

Tricycle is the common method of transportation around Vigan but still the best way to explore its attractions is by riding a “ calesa” for P150.00 per hour per carriage. Jeepneys, vans and buses are advised for those going to Sta. Maria, Laoag, Paoay and other neighboring towns.

Where to Stay in Vigan

Experience living in the ancestral houses turned hotels. Some of the favorites include:

Top-Rated / Highly Recommended Accommodations in Vigan

Top-rated budget accommodations in vigan, list of hotels/inns/lodges in vigan.

  • Grandpa’s Inn and Restaurant #1 Bonifacio St., Vigan City Contact No: (077)722-2118
  • Gordion Inn V. Delos Reyes St., Vigan City Contact No: (077)722-2526
  • Casa Teofila Lodge Brgy.Pantay Daya, Vigan City Contact No: (077)722-6482
  • Hotel Salcedo de Vigan V. Delos Reyes corner Gen. Luna St., Vigan City Contact No: (077)722-1200
  • Vigan Plaza Hotel Crisologo St., Vigan City Contact No: (077)632-0317
  • Villa Angelica Heritage House Quirino Blvd., Vigan City Contact No: (077)722-2914
  • Casa Rica 88 Quirino Blvd. Corner Abaya Street, Vigan City Contact No: (077)674-0591
  • Ciudad Fernandina Hotel 26 Mabini corner Plaridel Streets, Vigan City Contact No: (077)722-3765 E-mail: [email protected]
  • Condotel Asuncion Florentino corner Jacinto Streets, Vigan City Contact No: (077)722-8777
  • Cordillera Family Inn Florentino St., Vigan City Contact No: (077)722-2727
  • Cordillera Inn Crisologo St., Vigan City Contact No: (077)722-2727
  • El Juliana Hotel Quirino Blvd. corner Liberation Blvd., Vigan City Contact No: (077)722-2994
  • Green R Hotel Alcantara Ext., Vigan City Contact No: (077)722-6106
  • Hem Apartelle A. Reyes St., Vigan City Contact No: (077)722-2173
  • Hotel Felicidad Blk.4 #9 V. Delos Reyes corner Florentino Streets, Vigan City Contact No: (077)722-0008
  • La Feliza Tourist Inn #8 De Los Reyes Corner Florentino Streets, Vigan Contact No: (077)722 2926
  • Playa de Oro Brgy. Mindoro, Vigan City Contact No: (077)673-0919/+639175850137
  • R.F. Aniceto Mansion Crisologo St., Vigan City Contact No: (077)722-2383
  • Social Pastoral Center Nueva Segovia St., Vigan City Contact No: (077)722-2018
  • UNP Guestel University of the Philippines Compound Brgy. Tamag, Vigan City
  • Vigan Heritage Mansion Crisologo St. corner Liberation Blvd., Vigan City Contact No: (077)722-6495

Bantay Church

Things to Do in Vigan and Nearby Areas

  • Walk along the cobblestone street of Calle Crisologo and Calle Plaridel and admire its old structures
  • Visit the century-old St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral and Simbaan a Bassit
  • Checkout Crisologo Museum, Father Burgos Residence & Museum, Religious Museum, Leona Florentino Ancestral House, Fil-Spanic Friendship Park, Buridek Museum, Baluarte Vigan (Vigan Fortress), Hidden Garden, Plaza Burgos , Plaza Salcedo and Syquia Mansion
  • Experience jar-making at Pagburnayan
  • Try Vigan Heritage River Cruise
  • Watch the dancing fountain in Plaza Salcedo Lagoon
  • Shops for antiques and other native products
  • Watch the abel weavers in action
  • Swim and see the sunset at Mindoro Beach
  • Taste Empanada, Vigan Longanisa, Dinengdeng, Poqui-Poqui and other Ilocano delicacies
  • Visit the nearby St. Augustine Churh of Bantay and its detached belfy
  • Go to Magsingal Church, Belfry & National Museum
  • Dine in Cafe Leona, Cafe Uno, Bistro Amarillo, Granpa’s Inn Restaurant, Caferia en la Veranda, Caferia del Maestro or Gordon’s Hotel Garden by the Ruins
  • Buy Royal Bibingka, Vigan Longanisa and other pasalubong at Tongson’s Royal Bibingka
  • Drop by at the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Asuncion in Santa Maria, another UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Head to Laoag, Paoay, Burgos, Bangui and Pagudpud


Sample Vigan Itinerary

Here a sample three-day itinerary of Laoag and Vigan:

Day 0: Departure 2000H: Depart by bus from Cubao

Day 1: Laoag 0800H – 0830H: Arrive in Laoag / Proceed to hotel to leave bags 0830H – 0930H: Breakfast at Cuisine de Iloco 0930H – 1200H: Stroll in and around the historic plaza: see the sinking bell tower, St. William’s Cathedral, Provincial Capitol, Tobacco Monopoly Monument and Museo Ilocos Norte 1200H – 1300H: Lunch at Saramsam Ylocano Restaurant 1300H – 1500H: Rest at hotel / Waash-up 1500H – 1800H: La Paz Sand Dunes 1800H – 1900H: Back at hotel / Wash-up 2000H onwards: Dinner at Kahel de Luna / Socials / Lights off

Day 2: Paoay and Santa Maria 0600H – 0800H: Call time / coffee / pack-up / check-out / proceed to jeepney terminal 0800H – 0830H: Laoag to Paoay 0830H – 1000H: Explore Paoay Church / Breakfast at Herencia Cafe 1000H – 1200H: Proceed to Bus Stop / Paoay to Vigan 1200H – 1300H: Check-in at hotel / Rest 1300H – 1400H: Lunch in Cafe Leona 1400H – 1800H: Proceed to Santa Maria Church and Pinsal Falls 1800H – 1900H: Return to hotel / Wash-up 1900H onwards: Dinner at Lampong’s Restaurant / Night walk at Calle Crisologo, Socials /Lights off

Day 3: Vigan 0500H – 0600H: Blue hour at Calle Crisologo 0600H – 0730H: Breakfast! Empanada! 0730H – 1200H: Vigan Cathedral, Calle Crisologo, Simbaan a Bassit, St. Augustine Chuch of Bantay, Crisologo Museum, Father Burgos Residence and Museum, Religious Museum, Leona Florentino Ancestral House, Fil-Hispanic Friendship Park, Buridek Museum, etc. 1200H – 1400H: Lunch / Proceed to Bus Terminal 1400H: Departure for Manila

Santa Maria

  • Best time to visit is during dry season from November to May
  • There are ATMs in town and credit cards are accepted in major establishments
  • Globe, Smart, Sun, Touch Mobile and Talk n’ Text have mobile signal

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We are tertiary students (a lady and gentleman), have searched from websites to learn that there will be a week-long celebration of “art-festival” called “Viva Vigan” in May in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur, Philippines, two of us tourists from Hong Kong attempt to travel Vigan City to join such an amazing experience for a Four to Five-days (4 ~ 5) trip, the details of the trip are followings :–

4 days trip – 01/05 (Sunday morning am) – 04/05/2016 (Wednesday evening pm); or 5 days trip – 30/04 (Saturday evening pm) – 04/05/2016 (Wednesday)

We have a numbers of Questions as follows :–

What is the shorter or faster ways (transportation) to get Vigan City such as direct flight to Laoag City, Baguio–Loakan Airport, or Tuguegarao Airport, to shorten the long–distant transportation, 1–hour bus travelling from Laoag City to Vigan City instead of 6–hour bus travelling from Manila to Vigan City ?

How many flight within (to and from) Manila and Laoag City ?

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Vigan Travel Guide

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Experience Vigan

Vigan City

Calle Crisologo

Baluarte Resort and Mini Zoo

Baluarte Resort and Mini Zoo

Padre Burgos House

Padre Burgos House

Hidden Garden

Hidden Garden

Dancing Fountain

Dancing Fountain

Bantay Bell Tower

Bantay Bell Tower

Syquia Mansion Museum

Syquia Mansion Museum

Crisologo Museum

Crisologo Museum

Metropolitan Cathedral of the Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle

Metropolitan Cathedral of the Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle

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Rhyss & Robin's Spoonful of Goodness

Rhyss & Robin's Spoonful of Goodness


Ate EM's Bakeshop

Lampong's Restaurant

Lampong's Restaurant



Coffee Break Vigan

Coffee Break Vigan

Mira Hills Bar and Restaurant

Mira Hills Bar and Restaurant

Max's Restaurant

Max's Restaurant

Cafe Uno

Comida Del Norte Bistro

Mang Inasal

Mang Inasal

Lilong and Lilang Restaurant

Lilong and Lilang Restaurant

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Midori Clark Hotel and Casino

Midori Clark Hotel and Casino

Clark Marriott Hotel

Clark Marriott Hotel

Aurora Villas and Cabin Resort

Aurora Villas and Cabin Resort

Fields Plaza Condo

Fields Plaza Condo

ABC Hotel

Top 4 4-star Select Hotels Near Vigan

The Plaza Garden Hotel and Residences

The Plaza Garden Hotel and Residences

The Manor at Camp John Hay

The Manor at Camp John Hay

Hilton Clark Sun Valley Resort

Hilton Clark Sun Valley Resort

Park Inn By Radisson Clark

Park Inn By Radisson Clark

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  1. 10 things you can do while in Vigan

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  2. Visit Vigan on a trip to The Philippines

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  3. Vigan Tourist Spots You Can Visit In A Day

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  4. Top 20 Ilocos Sur Tourist Spots: Host of the Heritage City of Vigan

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  5. 13 Vigan Tourist Spots That You Shouldn't Miss

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  6. Visit Vigan: 2021 Travel Guide for Vigan, Ilocos Region

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  1. Top 13 Vigan City Tourist Spots: Historic UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Top 13 Vigan City Tourist Spots: Historic UNESCO World Heritage Site By Jinger Cabillen Verified expert Jump to chapter Discover the history of the Philippines through the preserved old streets and attractions in Vigan. Learn about the top tourist spots and must-do activities in this guide.

  2. THE 15 BEST Things to Do in Vigan

    1. Calle Crisologo 1,082 Historic Walking Areas By elasardido I was stunned and amaze of the vintage road and buildings for restaurants, fast food chains and souvenir shops. 2. Dancing Fountain 389 Points of Interest & Landmarks • Fountains By coolexplorer313

  3. 13 Vigan Tourist Spots That You Shouldn't Miss

    Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Vigan is one of the best places to visit if you want to travel back to the Spanish-era. From beautiful ancestral houses to centuries-old churches, you'll definitely have a fun-filled trip in this historical city. Here are the top Vigan tourist spots you shouldn't miss when you visit.

  4. Vigan

    Best time to visit Exploring Vigan's many attractions, especially its cobblestone streets, is best done by foot. So it is highly recommended to visit the town when it is sunny and dry. Here are other information about Vigan's weather and local situations that will help you decide when to go: Cheapest time to visit Vigan

  5. 15 Best VIGAN TOURIST SPOTS (Ilocos Sur)

    The first one on the list and probably the ultimate destination in Vigan City is the iconic Calle Crisologo which beautifully embodies the historic Spanish Colonial Era in the Philippines.

  6. Wonders of Vigan: 17+ VIGAN Tourist Spots + Things to Do

    Of the numerous Vigan tourist spots, Calle Crisologo is perhaps the most popular. This heritage street spans half a kilometer and features a cobblestone street and ancestral houses. The Spanish-era ancestral houses feature traditional architecture, including multiple doors at the ground floor and large open layout on the top floors.

  7. Vigan Ilocos Sur Travel Guide: What to Do + Hotels + Itinerary

    8 hours From 2,850 PHP Group discount Ilocos Sur Tour to Baluarte Zoo & Nature Park for Half-Day with Transfers from Vigan Tour starts Vigan City, Ilocos Sur, Philippines Duration 5 hours From 3,110 PHP See all tours Established way back in the 16th century, Vigan was once a stop on the Silk Route that made it a relevant trading post.

  8. 11 Things to do in Vigan + Ilocos Sur Tourist Spots

    Visiting Vigan City in Ilocos Sur, Philippines, transports you to an old-fashioned world—as old as the Spanish colonial era. It's a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the best-preserved towns of its kind in Asia. Expectedly, the top Vigan attractions are quaint structures dating back to as far as the 16th century.

  9. Vigan, Philippines 2023: Best Places to Visit

    60 Historic Walking Areas, Neighborhoods Bantay Bell Tower 412 Observation Decks & Towers, Points of Interest & Landmarks Crisologo Museum 156 Speciality Museums St Paul Metropolitan Cathedral 144

  10. Vigan travel

    Asia. One of the oldest towns in the Philippines, Vigan is a Spanish Colonial fairy tale of dark-wood mansions, cobblestone streets and clattering kalesa (horse-drawn carriages). In fact, it is the finest surviving example of a Spanish Colonial town in Asia and a Unesco World Heritage site. But outside of well-restored Crisologo St (closed to ...

  11. Top 24 Best VIGAN TOURIST SPOTS + Things to do

    Top 24 Tourist Spots in Vigan, Ilocos Sur Historical Landmarks Walking Tour of Calle Crisologo Visit Syquia Mansion Crisologo Museum Vigan Cathedral Bantay Church Bell Tower Padre Jose Burgos House Arce Mansion Cultural Experiences Visit Pagburnayan Abel Weaving Experience Vigan Kalesa Ride Ilocos Museum Regional Complex Local Cuisine Empanada

  12. Top 10 Activities and Tours in Vigan Ilocos Sur UNESCO World Heritage

    10. Mindoro Beach Tour 9. Ilocos Sur Adventure Zone Tour 8. Baluarte Zoo Tour 7. Ilocano Food Tour 6. Weaving Tour 5. Pagburnayan Jar Factory Tour 4. Vigan Cathedral Tour 3. Bantay Church Bell Tower Tour 2. Museum Tour National Museum Crisologo Museum Syquia Mansion Arce Mansion 1. Calle Crisologo Tours Relive History in Vigan

  13. Vigan Travel Guide: Top Attractions, Activities, and Culinary Delights

    Some of the best places to visit in Vigan include Calle Crisologo, Bantay Bell Tower, Baluarte, Crisologo Museum, Syquia Mansion Museum, Hidden Garden, Pagburnayan, Vigan Cathedral, and Mindoro Beach. These tourist spots showcase the city's unique blend of Spanish and Filipino cultures and stunning natural beauty.

  14. 12 Tourist Spots In Vigan You Shouldn't Miss During Your Visit

    Vigan, the city known for the best-tasting longanisa, is not your typical Philippine destination of sands, sun, and sea but it sure is one where you can immerse into one of the richest cultures of our land and where you can witness history unfolding with your very eyes.

  15. Vigan Tourist Spot Guide

    Vigan Tourist Spot Guide - 18 Popular Places to Visit in Ilocos Sur by Hungry Traveller October 8, 2020 Listed below is a guide to the best Vigan tourist spot. Learn about the culture and rich history and try some of its outdoor fun activities. Ilocos Sur is not your typical destination for suns and beaches.


    Wednesday, April 06, 2022 Vigan is a city located on the northwestern coast of Luzon in the Philippines. It is the capital of the Ilocos Sur province and the only UNESCO World Heritage City in the country. Recently, it won as one of the New Seven Wonders Cities of the World.

  17. Must-see Vigan tourist spots, Ilocos Sur

    Running over five blocks in the historic center of Vigan City, Calle Crisologo is the popular tourist destination with many of the Spanish colonial homes in the street converted into shops, restaurants, inns and other tourist attractions that give you a taste of what this colonial city looks like with cobble stone streets and kalesa horse buggie...


    21 AMAZING VIGAN TOURIST SPOTS AND THINGS TO DO IN VIGAN (TRAVEL GUIDE) 0 Last updated on August 5th, 2022 at 02:18 am We will tell you all the Vigan tourist spots and things to do in Vigan that you can try. Vigan is a city in the Philippines located in Ilocos Sur. It's known for its preserved Spanish colonial and Asian architecture.

  19. 10 Best Things To Do In Vigan, Philippines(With Pictures)

    Vigan City is beautifully rich in all the significant ways. For a weekend well-spent or maybe for a simple change of scenery, Vigan City makes a great travel destination. It features amazing things to do and places to eat. Enjoying the people, the food, sights, and long walks will surely make each one of its guests feel like a Filipino.

  20. Vigan Tours and Activities

    Vigan City is popular for being the best-preserved Spanish colonial town in the Philippines. Its cobblestone streets, ancestral houses, and horse-drawn carriages are a testament to the city's historical past. You can also explore tourist attractions within the city like the Calle Crisologo, Crisologo Museum, Baluarte Zoo, and many more.

  21. Fun Things to Do in Vigan

    Popular attractions in Vigan include: 1. Calle Crisologo, a street lined with colonial-era buildings and cobblestone paths.. 2. Plaza Salcedo, the city's main square featuring a fountain illuminated by multicolored lights at night.. 3. St Paul's Metropolitan Cathedral and Archbishop Palace, which feature Spanish Baroque architecture.. 4. Bantay Church and Bell Tower, an important ...

  22. Vigan Travel Guide 2023: Travel Back to Colonial Philippines

    Travel back to colonial Philippines in Vigan, the capital city of Ilocos Sur and one of the very few remaining Hispanic towns in the country. Established in the 16th century as Villa Fernandina, Vigan is endowed with its timeless and well preserved beauty.

  23. Vigan Travel Guide 2023

    Top things to do in Vigan 2023.10. Trip.com features the best things to do in Vigan Ilocos Sur, including travel-guide, attractions, restaurants, and cheap hotels.