Historic Vigan City - Can You Live Here?
Vigan City, located in the province of Ilocos Sur in the northern part of the Philippines, is known for its well-preserved Spanish colonial-era architecture. In 1999, Vigan was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, recognizing its unique cultural value. With its cobblestone streets and 16th-century houses, a visit to Vigan City feels like a step back in time.
Explore Calle Crisologo
One of the most popular tourist destinations in Vigan is Calle Crisologo, a street lined with heritage houses. This street shows off the vintage architectural design, showcasing the traditional fixtures, and decor. It’s a treat for the eyes to see a bygone era amid modern-day hustle and bustle. Visitors can have a leisurely walk down the quaint street, and snap some Instagram-worthy shots.
Visit the Museums
Experience more of the rich history of Vigan by visiting the Museums. The National Museum Ilocos complex features several fascinating museums, including the Museum of the Constitution, the Pagburnayan Jar Factory, and the Syquia Mansion Museum. These museums showcase the rich cultural heritage of the region and keep alive the stories that have been passed on for generations.
Take a Kalesa Ride
To add more charm to your trip, take a Kalesa ride, the traditional mode of transportation adorned with vibrant hues. These carriages are driven by a horse with a carefree trot. The rides usually take 20 to 30 minutes and take you to some of the top attractions in town, including the Bantay Bell Tower and St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral.
Try the Local Delicacies
Don't leave town without trying some of the local delicacies. Vigan is known for its famous dishes like Ukoy, Vigan Longganisa, and Pinakbet. You can enjoy the culinary experience at the famous eateries like Cafe Leona or any of the local food stalls along the street. It's also a great chance to relax and soak up the atmosphere while enjoying mouth-watering cuisine.
Witness the Nighttime Delight
Don't miss out on the opportunity to experience the enchanted evening of Vigan City. The streetlights' yellow hues add more charm and warmth to the already stunning street structures on Calle Crisologo. You can enjoy a leisurely stroll along Calle Crisologo, where the area comes alive at night, with its lively ambiance and sweet night air. Enjoy the souvenirs from the street vendors and witness the traditional dances and the musically-inclined street performers.
Vigan City is a great destination for those who seek a break, appreciate the culture, and value the history of the place. It is a perfect blend of tradition and modernity, experience of leisure, and appreciation of rich and storied past. A visit to this place is more than just a tourist spot, but a happy experience that will always stay with you.
My expense breakdown for three nights and four days of adventure is below in PDF format so you can snag it if you want. It really is affordable in the Philippines!