Thursday, March 26, 2015

Top 10 Tourist Spots in Ilocos

Calle Crisologo, Vigan

Calle Crisologo, Vigan
Photos by: Mark Albert Alejo Cruz
 The most famous and major tourist magnet in Vigan, Calle Crisologo is full of Spanish-styled houses that gives people of this generation a glimpse of the Spanish era. This street also features the prosperous lifestyle of the said era because of the Manila-Acapulco trade.

Pagudpud Beaches

White sand Beach at Saud
Saud Beach Resort in Pagudpud
Saud Beach – one of the finest beaches in the Philippines, Saud beach is actually what people usually refer to when they talk about Pagudpud beach. The beach boasts of white sandy shores with a great backdrop of coconut palm trees arrayed beautifully perfect for a humming sound and gentle breeze during one’s stay here.

Blue Lagoon (1)
Blue Lagoon
Blue Lagoon – this beach used to be a secret, however, as many tourists find the place to be relaxing and cozy many have to come to see the place themselves. Blue Lagoon also known as Maira-Ira Point is a crescent-shaped beach with soft white sand lining its pristine blue waters. The beach is the perfect place to stay if you want to rest your tired bodies from the day’s event in Ilocos.

Baluarte

Baluarte
There are two good reasons why you should visit Baluarte, also known as the Fortress: first, because of its mini-zoo that serves as the home of many endemic animals in the Philippines and second, is that it is actually owned by Mr. Chavit Singson, a well-known politician in the country.

Cape Bojeador Lighthouse

Cape Bojeador Lighthouse

Dubbed as the tallest lighthouse in the Philippines, Cape Bojeador sets conveniently atop of a hill. The lighthouse is just so tall that it gives the best panoramic view of the South China Sea.

Bangui Windmills

Bangui Windmills 1

These windmills have become one of the major attractions of Ilocos and have since become a symbol for Ilocos Norte. It was constructed primarily to provide electricity throughout the province. It is conveniently located at a 9 kilometer stretch farm that faces the South China Sea, the right spot for strong winds.

Kapurpurawan Rock Formation

kapurpurawan rock formation 5
Found in the rocky parts of Burgos, Ilocos Norte, these rock formations cannot be classified as something common as they are formed over years and years to a formation that you’d unexpectedly see. For some reasons, seeing Kapurpurawan Rocks makes you realize that when nature works, it’s definitely something that no human can ever accomplish.

Kabigan Falls, Pagudpud

Kabigan Falls, Pagudpud

If you are on a tour to Pagudpud, don’t miss visiting the Kabigan Falls. It’s a good breather actually to have about 30-40 minutes lazy trekking en route to Kabigan and swim into its concave basin or simply enjoy the bountiful trees and ferns surrounding the mighty falls.

Bell Tower Bantay, Ilocos Sur

Bell Tower Bantay, Ilocos Sur

Sitting on top of a hill, the historical Bantay Belfry is not only a must-see sight in Ilocos because of its historic and cultural significance but also because of the panoramic view of the entire Ilocos Sur when one goes to its top part.

St. Augustine Church in Paoay

St. Augustine Church in Paoay

The Paoay Church’s history is dated back in 1694 when its construction was started by the Augustinian friars. If you’ll look at it, the church’s design is a combination of Oriental, Baroque and Gothic styles. The Paoay Church has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Paoay Sand Dunes

Sand dune

Who says you need to go to Dubai to experience sand boarding and dune bashing? Our very own Paoay Ilocos Norte boasts its sand dune adventure and sport for its tourists who wish to try how it feels like playing in the sand. Sand dunes in Paoay is uniquely Ilocos.