DIY 3 Days 2 Nights in Ilocos (Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte)
Traveling in Ilocos for 3 days and 2 nights it’s not enough if you will include some gastronomic adventure, like us (haha). Since we’d just tour as couple, we used tricycle as our transportation. So some of the tourist spots that listed in our itinerary didn’t follow as much, but still we really enjoy our stay and we still want to go back in Ilocos! Haha! Hope this blog post will help you wanderers!
Our first stop is Vigan, Ilocos Sur, we booked our bus ticket at Biyaheroes website (this is not a Sponsored post mga besh 🙂 ). You just need to fill up the info given (plus may freebie sila mga bes!), just print it and show to the counter of Partas Bus station. We chose a Deluxe bus since we’d travel around 10pm (yes after work mga bes! Haha!) so it is more comfortable to us when we sleep haha! But only in Cubao station (Partas) does have a Deluxe type. Fare is aroung Php 800+ per person.
Vigan, Ilocos Sur
Vigan, Ilocos Sur is considered as one of the best-preserved example of a planned Spanish Colonial town in Asia. Its architecture is the conglomeration of cultural elements from the Philippines, China, and Spain, making it unique in the world.
Where to stay
If you like to experience the Spanish-era style hotel, try those hotels at Calle Crisologo, like the famous Hotel Luna. But since we are in a budget and we’re saving it for our food adventures (hehe) we choose Henady Inn. Located in Bantay along the highway, which is 10-15 mins walk going to Bantay Bell Tower, Plaza Burgos and Calle Crisologo. We booked the superior double which is for only 1,025php per night, yes! The room is small but still ok and comfortable. Only downside is no elevator but still fine haha!
NOTE: We booked thru their FB Page since they don’t have website.
What to see
Calle Crisologo– Vigan famous Colonial houses built in Spanish Era.
Bantay Church and Bell Tower
Bell Tower – built in 1591, served as a people’s watchtower in the Spanish colonial era. Before entering, you just need to sign their guestbook and donate any amount to. At the end of the climb, you will be greeted by a huge bell.
Bantay Church– also known as the Shrine of our Lady of Charity and dedicated to St. Augustine of Hippo. The church was heavily damaged during World War II and rebuilding was started in 1950.
Baluarte– owned by former Governor Chavit Singson.
Dancing Fountain– starts at 7pm at Plaza Salcedo. Dancing lights synced with music and lights, it is very entertaining.
Other historical and cultural places you can visit Burgos Mansion, Arzobispado, Syquia Mansion, and Crisologo Museum.
What and Where to eat
Plaza Burgos– one of the two major Plaza in Vigan, it was built to remember Father Jose P. Burgos (martyr priests-GomBurZa). Now, it is best known as Empanadahan.
Café Leona– located along Calle Crisologo. It is named after the popular Ilocano poet Leona Florentio.
From Vigan to Ilocos Norte, we took a bus along Bantay highway, it was easy for us to find a bus since our hotel is located near on the highway. Ilocos Norte is noted for being the birthplace of former President Ferdinand E. Marcos.
Where to stay
We stayed in Isabel Suites, located at the heart of Laoag City. The hotel is ok and location is really wise since it is on the main road, accessible and near to almost everything but it’s a bit noisy. And one of the staffs offered her brother-in law as to be our tricycle driver for our tour.
What to see
Museo Ilocos Norte– they also called it as “Gameng” Iloko word for “treasure”. The Museo showcase the Ilocandia treasure and pride. Entrance fee is Php 20.
Malacañang of the North– Ilocanos referred as “Malacañang to Amianan”, it was the residence of the family of former President Ferdinand Marcos. It is a two-story mansion overlooking the Paoay Lake, and consists of seven (supposedly a lucky number for Marcos) rooms, with each room having a theme of historical events from the Marcos era: Study, Agriculture, Diplomacy, OFW (overseas Filipino workers), Culture, Nation Building and Family. Entrance fee is Php 30.
Paoay Church– one of the oldest church in Philippines and also known as San Agustin Church. Completed in 1710 and because of the architectural significance it was declared as a National Cultural Treasure by the Philippine government in 1973 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site under the collective group of Baroque Churches of the Philippines in 1993. The design is truly stunning.
Marcos Museum and Mausoleum– the museum shows the memorabilia of the late President Ferdinand Marcos. During our visit, we didn’t get to see the embalmed body of Marcos because the place is under renovation. Entrance fee is Php 50.
Saud Beach– the very best thing in here is, there are not too many people on the beach. The view is very relaxing; the only noise that you will hear is the beach’s wave.
Patapat Viaduct– located at the municipality of Ilocos Norte, this concrete coastal road connects the Maharlika Highway from Ilocos Region to Cagayan Valley.
Bantay Abot Cave– means “a mountain with a hole”. It is an exceptional rock formation embracing the clear blue sea. You need to get down from the main road to get close to the spot.
Bangui Windmills– really excited to see this; I didn’t expect that it was really that huge. Wind is too strong that got me scared because the sound of Windmills was like to be fallen off hahaha!
Kapurpurawan Rock Formation– reaching it, requires to have a short hike but if walking is not your type, you have the option to horseback riding (with a reasonable price). This beautiful and stunning rock formation was the result of different oceanic and weather forces.
What and Where to Eat
Saramsam Ylocano Restaurant and Bar, Laoag Ilocos Norte
– This resto offers a unique menu with a colourful interior design.
These foods are my highly recommend!haha!
La Preciosa, Laoag
– Location is quite near in the hotel we’ve stayed, but it is almost full when we arrived. La Preciosa is one of the Laoag’s oldest restaurant.
This is the best ever carrot cake i have tried, you will not regret to try as well 🙂
Hope this post will help your trip to Ilocos!(especially our food trip hehe) 🙂