Vigan City – One of the new 7 wonder cities of the world.
Vigan City, the capital city of my province, Ilocos Sur. Vigan is an island, which used to be detached from the mainland by three rivers – the great Abra River, the Mestizo River and the Govantes River. It is unique among the Philippine towns because it is the country’s most extensive and only surviving historic city that dates back to the 16th century Spanish colonial period.
Vigan was an important coastal trading post in pre-colonial times. Long before the Spanish galleons, Chinese junks sailing from the South China Sea came to Isla de Bigan through the Mestizo River that surrounded the island. On board were sea-faring merchants that came to barter exotic goods from Asian kingdoms in exchange for gold, beeswax and other mountain products brought down by natives from the Cordilleras. Immigrants, mostly Chinese, settled in Vigan, intermarried with the natives and started the multi-cultural bloodline of the Bigueños.
What I love about Vigan is the Calle Crisologo during night time, the vibe of walking along the streets would really take you back to old times. The good time to visit is during the month of Nov – February where Amihan prevails which brings breezy and cold weather.
The city is accessible via a 7-8 travel time via NLEX, SCTEX and TPLEX, there are various bus companies operating for Vigan. You may take Partas directly bound to Vigan, or Farinas Transit, Viron , Florida bound to Laoag, just get off at the Vigan signage and take trike for 5 minutes.
Things to do in Vigan
Drop by at the old Quirino/Banaoang Bridge.
Try the Zipline on Quirino Bridge.
Walk along the old calle crisologo
Watch the dancing fountains and light at night in Vigan Plaza
Visit Crisologo Museum, Hidden Garden, Plaza Burgos.
Experience pottery making in Pagburnayan
Buy souvenirs and other native produce.
Eat local famous empanada and poque poque
Try Vigan Longanissa
Visit Bantay Bell tower
Try Café Luna and Café Uno
Side trip to nearby towns like, Sta Maria ( visit the old church and falls), swim in Sabangan Cove in Santiago. Drop by in Candon for special kalamay.
Or you may head to Laoag and Pagudpud. Would be 4-6 hours from Vigan
Or you can add La Union Surfing on your Itinerary. Just 3 hours away from Vigan.
For complete Ilocos tour package it is good to have a group package so you can visit all the places and for convenience. Try Ilocos Tour Package from SJA Transport Tours