Ilocos is really an amazing place! The beautiful landscapes, the places, the activities offered, the unique food, and the friendly people, everything is just incredibly perfect! From historical sights, to pristine beaches, to jaw dropping natural resources, super fun activities, it’s all here. This place definitely has a lot to offer!!!
Without a doubt, I am really pushing you to visit Ilocos -even just once in your whole life. . It’s really rich with a lot of attractions you will surely love. And upon visiting, here are the top places that will definitely crave you to visit Ilocos. (Click individual photos for a larger view)
1. Calle Crisologo, Vigan
A glimpse of the past, a piece from the spanish time, this place is perfect for an ultimate throwback experience during the Spanish Era. Vigan is actually considered as one of the 7 wonders Cities of the WORLD as it was described as the “best-preserved example of a planned Spanish colonial town in Asia.” While Calle Crisologo is also considered as a UNESCO Heritage Site.
This place is surrounded by old structures, cobblestone streets, and cutie patootie kalesas (horse carriage), and yep you can ride on them!
2. Paoay Church
Also considered as a UNESCO world heritage site, Paoay Church will surely awestruck you! This church is build with corals, stucco, lumber, and tree sap. Interesting diba. The view itself, is actually enough for you to be awed, while the story behind this church will fascinate you more.
3. Lapaz Sand Dunes
I consider this as one of the highlights of our trip to Ilocos. AHHH IT WAS SO MUCH FUN!!! We rode a 4×4 ride around the Lapaz Sand Dunes, and it wasn’t just a normal chill ride. IT WAS EXTREME! And I tell you, you wouldn’t miss this adrenaline rush voyage for the world. Included in the package of the 4×4 ride, is a sand boarding activity which is also a fun one! Unfortunately, we lack time, so we weren’t able to try this. Pero swear, alam ko, it’s fun!
4. Kapurpurawan Rock Formation
Imagine being in a different world. Unique creamy white and streamlined limestone formations, complimented by the fresh sea breeze, magnificent view of the South China Sea and the beautiful giant Windmills, it was beyond amazing. You can also do a horseback riding activity during your visit in the place!
5. Bangui Windmills
Check out these amazing giants. Ilocos is known for this attraction. So yep, you shouldn’t miss this place kundi lugi ka hihi.
6. Cape Bojeador Lighthouse
One of Ilocos’ national historic site, Cape Bojeador Lighthouse may not be the tallest. But this is actually the highest elevated original and active Spanish era lighthouse in the country. Yep, even it was more than a hundred years old, it is still active and still acts as a welcoming flare to ships from the North.
7. Blue Lagoon
Of course, you can’t leave Ilocos without a beach getaway. White sand, clear aquamarine waters, with its aesthetic landscape, this beach is a must visit place during your tour. You have to experience this, and swim with its perfect waves!!!
Travel Guide to Ilocos
Now that you are already convinced to visit Ilocos, the next step is to plan and organize your trip to this place.
Travel Galore offers cheap & awesome tour packages to Ilocos. They provide a 3 days & 2 nights adventure in Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte. I also recommend this tour agency since they don’t just have a quality tour service, but also is one of the cheapest!
For rate and inquiries, visit TRAVEL GALORE on facebook.
Check out my super duper mega ultra detailed travel guide to this place (ok i made it as detailed as possible, hihi)
- Ilocos Norte Escapade: 3D 2N Ilocos Tour Travel Guide- Part 1
- Ilocos Sur Escapade: 3D 2N Ilocos Tour Travel Guide- Part 2