The Spectacular Tourist Delights Of Vigan

September 28, 2014

With its eye-catching cobbled walkways, centuries-old mansions and horse-drawn carriages, it is definitely hard not to fall in love with Vigan city’s idyllic old world charm. Nominated as one of the world’s New 7 Wonders, this lovely 16th century town is a true of reflection of the Philippines’s rich history and culture. One of the country’s earliest Spanish settlements, this historic city was also designated as a UNESCO Heritage Site in 1999, thanks to its undying Catalan colonial influence.

In spite of its relatively small size, this beautiful city has an endless array of delights in store for its foreign and local day-trippers. In this blog, we will unveil some of the top sights and most sought-after attractions in this burgeoning tourist destination. Open your trip builder app, and take note of these spectacular Vigan delights:


Get lost in a maze full of mesmerizing sights

When planning a trip to Vigan through your trip builder app, don’t forget to include a visit to the Mestizo District, the city’s gorgeous old town. Here, you can take a leisurely stroll, and get lost in a historical maze of awe-inspiring colonial-era architectural wonders and ancestral homes. As you wander around this district, you will be able to feast your eyes on unique and beautiful mansions with Spanish and Chinese architectural influences. For movie junkies, you are probably going to recognize the area’s streets from the 1989 film “Born on the Fourth of July” starring Tom Cruise.

Gaze on a spectacular cathedral

Another point of interest that you should include to your trip builder is the St. Paul’s Metropolitan Cathedral. Built in 1790 by the Augustinians, this historic hallmark showcases a unique design known as “Earthquake Baroque”, a style designed to minimize the damage caused by earthquakes. As a visitor in this one-of-a-kind cathedral, take time to take a look at the communion brass handrails, which were forged in China, and designed with Chinese characters. Also, make sure to pay homage to the tombstone of Leona Florentino, a talented Ilocano poet.

A unique nightlife experience

When the sun sets in Vigan, make your way to Calle Crisolo, and have a drink in any of its cafes. It’s, for sure, a different kind of nightlife, as the heritage homes and the muted light from antique-style muted lamp would give an otherworldly feel.


Learn more about the country’s gripping history

There is no shortage of museums in this small Filipino town. Every house or mansion, here, paints historical pictures of the town’s yesteryear. The Syquia Mansion, for one, is home to a cluster of antique Western and Asian pieces, such as the presidential memorabilia of Elpidio Quirino, the country’s sixth president. Likewise, the Padre Burgos Museum and Crisologo Museum are old enclaves that highlight the lives of some of the most important figures in Philippine history. If you are a history junkie, instilling a visit to these houses to your trip planner app is an absolute must.

Delectable culinary offerings

As a thriving tourist destination, the city of Vigan offers a myriad of sumptuous gastronomic delights that will surely please your palate, including the malunggay, sinanglao (beef innards stew), pan de sal (moringa bread), empanada, sinanglaw, and longganisa.


Shopping is a leisurely activity that Vigan visitors often forget to include in their trip planner app. While this city isn’t known as a shopping destination, it offers plenty of opportunities for shopping antiques and unique items like handmade textiles and burnay (traditional jar).

By the way, you can vote for Vigan as one of the New7Wonder Cities in their website:

Do you want to explore more of Vigan’s pleasurable delights? Then, plan your trip to this historic city now with Trekeffect. Mabuhay!

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Peach Anne Nacion
"I believe in traveling. I believe that it gives your soul what it needs from time to time. It answers your need to be free every now and then, your longing to be by yourself once in a while and your cry for life to awaken your spirit. Traveling will always be the answer for me."

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