Top Tourist Spots in Ilocos Sur [And How To Get There]

The Ilocos Region is definitely a land of destinations for tourists from across the world. After visiting Ilocos Norte, you can head to its twin province, Ilocos Sur, to find more interesting places to cross off your list. To maximize your north experience, pay a visit during the months of January to August so you can avoid typhoons and rains. In case you don’t have a solid plan of your go-to places in Ilocos Sur yet, here’s the list of the top tourist spots in Ilocos Sur.

Top Tourist Spots in Ilocos Sur
Top Tourist Spots in Ilocos Sur

Must-Visit Tourist Spots in Ilocos Sur, Philippines

Vigan

The city of Vigan in Ilocos Sur is a tourist destination alone. If you think wandering a whole city is boring, Vigan will prove you wrong. You can do Crisolgo Shopping here and visit places such as the RG Jar Factory Pottery, Syquia Mansion Museum, and Calle Crisolgo. One fascinating quality of this place is that it serves as a preserved haven of Spanish colonial and Asian architecture.

Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
Vigan City, Ilocos Sur

Bantay Church Bell Tower

This place is one of the top tourist spots in Ilocos Sur and is located in Bantay. It is not just a regular bell tower, in fact, it is the favorite date place of Gabriela and Diego Silang when they were living in the 17th century. For those who want to do a quick watch over the town of Bantay and Vigan, this is definitely the right tower for you!

Santa Maria Church

Don’t let your Ilocos Sur trip end without visiting Santa Maria Church as this one of the historical places in this province as well. Built in 1810, Santa Maria Church was inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1993 along with other three baroque churches in the Philippines. Regardless of whether you are religious or not, this is a must-visit spot.

Santa Maria Church, Ilocos Sur
Santa Maria Church, Ilocos Sur

Plaza Salcedo

You will surely enjoy your family get-together if you drop by the Plaza Salcedo. This place is built in honor of Juan de Salcedo, a Spanish conquistador who founded the Villa Fernandina colony. You can tour around the plaza, shop from nearby stores and have a photoshoot in the beautiful lagoon.

Plaza Salcedo
Plaza Salcedo

Syquia Mansion Museum

The mansion museum is one of the top tourist spots in Ilocos Sur. It was the home of the late President Elpidio Quirino in 1830 and since then, it became a museum of opulent rooms, arts, and furnitures.

Baluarte Resort and Mini Zoo

This destination is more than just a zoo. If you visit this place, you will see a 100-hectare park where all of the hunting trophies of the owner are displayed. Have your best view of the Philippine Sea and Vigan while enjoying the mini zoo of animals from the Philippines and other countries.

Baluarte Resort and Mini Zoo
Baluarte Resort and Mini Zoo

Vigan Cathedral

This is another admiration of Ilocos Sur started by Juan de Salcedo, the man behind the Plaza Salcedo. Called the Metropolitan Cathedral of St. Paul the Apostle, this is a reminder of historical events like the take over of Colonel Juan Villamor’s revolutions in 1896.

Vigan Cathedral
Vigan Cathedral

How to get to Ilocos Sur

There is no commercial airport in Ilocos Sur and the nearest airport is in Laoag City in Ilocos Norte. You can fly to Laoag from Manila and then take a bus to Vigan.

Alternatively, you can also take a bus from Manila to Vigan City.

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