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It is a World Heritage Sitein that it is one of the few Hispanic towns left in the Philippines where its structures remained intact, and is well known for its cobblestone streets and a unique architecture that fuses Philippine and Oriental building designs and construction, with colonial European architecture. Because of this, According to a report of Editorial Insider, Vigan City was officially recognized as one of theNew7Wonders Cities together with Beirut, Doha,Durban, Havana, Kuala Lumpur, and La Paz. ~Wikipedia
WHERE: Province of Ilocos Sur, Philippines
HOW TO GET THERE:
Manila to Vigan by Land
Vigan is an 8-9 hour travel from Manila. Take a bus from Cubao or Pasay from Metro Manila. Partas and Florida Bus are two of your options. The trip will pass through NLEX (North Luzon Expy) and the roads going north via provinces of Bulacan, Pampanga, Tarlac, Pangasinan and La Union.
Manila to Vigan by Air
The nearest airport with regular commercial flight is Laoag in Ilocos Norte. Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific offer flights daily routing Manila-Laoag and vv. Vigan is just a 2-hour bus ride from Laoag City.
Clark to Vigan by Land
For those who are coming from Clark, you can go straight to Dau Bus Terminal via shuttle or jeepney. There are buses passing by the terminal from Manila going to Vigan.
WHAT TO EXPECT: A live experience and a “throwback” of the Spanish colonial era in the Philippines.
WHERE TO GO AND STAY: When I visited the city twice last 2012 and 2013 with friends, we did it as side-trip to Ilocos Norte. I haven’t got a chance to stay long in here. You can check Lakwatsero.com‘s list of inns and restaurants you can consider in staying at Vigan. Besides the main attraction of the city, you can also some familiar places just nearby the heritage village such as Baluarte and Bantay Church and bell tower.
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WHERE TO EAT: There are a lot of food choices in Vigan. You can try a decent dine-in at Cafe Leona or try Vigan’s streetfood where some food stalls standing near the plazas are selling their famous empanada, and others such as dinengdeng, poqui-poqui and Vigan longganisa. There are also some foodchains around the area.
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