5 Things to Do in Ilocos Norte

The province of Ilocos Norte is described as one of the sunniest regions in the Philippines. This is mainly the reason why tourists pick the province as one of their top destinations, most especially during the summer season. Still on a search on how you can enjoy your vacation? Here are some of the top things to do in Ilocos Norte to make your stay memorable:

Paoay Church, Ilocos Norte
Paoay Church, Ilocos Norte

Go sandboarding

Did you know that the province of Ilocos Norte is rich with sand dunes? If you didn’t, I bet this is a must to know! The most popular is the La Paz Sand Dunes in Laoag which is highly visited by those who want to go sandboarding. You just need to ride a 4×4 in order to get to this destination, and from there, you can enjoy cruising down the deep mountains of sands. People who love the hype will definitely experience some thrill and adrenaline rush!

Enjoy the wind from Bangui’s windmills

These windmills are the most popular subjects for the photographers as they give a breathtaking scenery. Not only that, but the windmills also power 40% of the region’s electricity. How cool is that? Beautiful and useful at the same time! So be sure to drop by at Bangui to check out not only these giant windmills but also the Bangui Bay located just in front of them. It’s like hitting two birds with one stone!

Bangui Windmills, Ilocos Norte
Bangui Windmills, Ilocos Norte

Zip lining at Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon can be found in Pagudpud. This crystal blue water and white sand beach feel like almost a home for all the beach lovers. Swimming is just one of the many things that you can do here. You can also try banana boat riding, and even surfing! But what really amuses the tourists is the zip line which can give you a ride across the sea. Imagine seeing the beautiful waves and the vibrant color of the water from above. It is just breathtaking! And mind you, that’s just one of the many things to do in Ilocos Norte.

Blue Lagoon, Pagudpud
Blue Lagoon, Pagudpud | Bigstock Photos

Go on a food trip

Ever wonder what to eat while in Laoag? Might as well try their Ilocos-style pizzas! Longganisa and Pinakbet are two of their local delicacies, and in Ilocos Norte, they serve pizzas in these flavors. Who would have thought that they make such a good taste? If you want to try one, don’t miss out on their Pinakbet Pizza and Longganisa Pizza at Herencia Cafe near Paoay Church.

Crispy Dinuguat at Herencia Cafe
Crispy Dinuguat at Herencia Cafe

Visit Paoay’s World Heritage Church

Paoay Church is also known as The Church of St. Augustine. This is an old and famous Baroque church in Paoay, Ilocos Norte. The ancient church, with green grass surrounding it, combined with the fresh air in the area are what make tourists visit this historical place. This is absolutely a perfect place to pray and to stroll around with your loved ones.

Paoay Church
Paoay Church

The Ilocos Region is really diverse when it comes to culture. But one thing’s for sure, this region doesn’t disappoint anyone who pays a visit. So if it happens that you plan on going up north, here are some of the things to do in Ilocos Norte for you to try.

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