VIGAN: Travel Guide, Tips, Cheap Hotels and More 1


VIGAN is a fourth class city in the province of Ilocos Sur in the Philippines. It also is the province capital city. It is famous for cobblestone streets and colonial houses built during the Spanish regime with rich European architecture. It has been declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO being one of the few places in the country who has kept its Hispanic infrastructure intact.

HOW TO GO THERE

1. By Air – From Manila, take a flight to Laoag City through Cebu Pacific Air or PAL Express. Travel takes 45 minutes to an hour. From Laoag City, ride a bus (Partas, Florida etc) to Vigan. Travel normally takes 2 hours at most.

2. By Land – From Manila take a bus (Partas, Florida, Farinas)  to Vigan which may take 8 to 9 hours travel depending on the traffic condition. Fare as of January 2014 was 665php. For people who will not be coming from Manila, it’s best to check Partas website or inquire through these phone lines: Laoag Terminal: (6377) 771-4898, 771-1514 | Abra Terminal: (6377)752-8262, 752-861 | La Union Terminal: (6372)242-0465 | Baguio Terminal: (6374) 444-8431.

WHERE TO STAY

  • Green R Hotel at Alcantara Street Extension. Rates start at P750
  • Metro Vigan Regency Hotel at the Northern Side of Vigan Comercial Complex, Alcantara St. Rates start at P900. Contact No. 0920-5813 484 | 0923-8928 790 | 0917-799 0699.
  • Vigan Plaza Hotel located adjacent to Plaza Jose Burgos. Rates start at P2500. Contact No. 0917-799-9874
  • Cordillera Inn at #29 Mena Crisologo St. Rates start at P1500. Contact No. 0927-313-5616 and look for either April Antiporda or Gaizel Pacpaco
  • Gordion Hotel at V. delos Reyes corner Salcedo Streets. Contact No. 0917-568-4656
  • Hotel Ni Among at Rivero St. Contact No. 0917-568-4656

PLACES TO VISIT

  • Calle Crisologo – where you can find what made Vigan famous, the colonial houses built during the Spanish era
  • St. Paul Cathedral – one of the religious landmarks in the country and probably one of the oldest ever built.
  • Arzobispado – is said to be the only archbishop’s palace built during the spanish colonization to endure up until the present day
  • Burgos Mansion – was the birthplace of Father Jose Burgos one of the three Martyr Priests
  • Paburnayan – where earthen-jars are made
  • Hidden Garden – a man-made landscape garden
  • Baluarte – owned by former Governor Chavit Singson houses a mini zoo, butterfly garden, shooting range and a picnic area.
  • Crisologo Museum – the ancestral house of Floro Crisologo.
  • Syquia Mansion – this was where former President Elpidio Quirino used to live.
  • Vigan Bell Tower – this gives a perfect view of the Cordillera mountains and South China Sea
  • Nuestra Senora dela Caridad Church  – also known as the Bantay church, it houses the miraculous image of Virgin Mary as the Lady of Charity.
  • Plaza Salcedo – where you can witness the grandiose Dancing Fountain

HOW TO TOUR THE CITY

  • Through kalesa (horse-drawn calash) – P150/hour for 2 pax. You can contact Norbert Malto thru 0910-917-8607 | 0915-609-4768 for a reliable and educational tour around the city.
  • Through the river tour – this is operated by the city government and is a 45 – minute tour through the Mestizo River tracing the historical timeline of Vigan from pre-history to the present.

THINGS TO KNOW

  • Fare for tricycle is only P10/pax
  • Most of the hotels are found adjacent to Plaza Burgos and along Calle Crisologo but the inexpensive ones are a few walks away from Partas bus terminal near the Public Market such as Green R Metro Vigan Regency Hotel.
  • Vigan City celebrates its Longanisa Festival every January 22 but the celebration starts during the middle and will last up until the end of the month.
  • It’s best to tour Calle Crisologo at night
  • The dancing fountain starts at 7PM.

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