One of the most popular tourist destinations in southern Philippines is Cebu City. It is as busy and bustling as Manila, but still retains its rich cultural flavor. It is dotted with numerous attractions in the city that reflects its provincial lifestyle. Aside from being the Queen City of the South, Cebu is known as the city where the Spaniards first landed and stayed for over 300 years. Though you will see temples of other religions, Cebu is predominantly Catholic and you will notice the strong Spanish influence in its structures and way of life.
To have a feel of what Cebu is all about, why not take a 6 hour tour of the city? You can book with a tour group and van for hire company can pick you up from the seaport, resort or hotel. You just need to provide your travel details like the date, location and time of pick-up. You don’t need to give a down payment but you have to fully pay when you get to Cebu City.
Sto. Nino Church
This ancient basilica has been in existence since the 1500s and is one of the oldest churches around. It is where the annual Sinulog festival is held in honor of the Child Jesus.
It is a small chapel located within the Sto. Nino Church property. It contains the first cross brought by Ferdinand Magellan.
Fort San Pedro
This stone fort was constructed in 1565 by the Spaniards as a defense structure. The gate bears the Castile and Leon coat of arms with the year 1738, around the year it was rebuilt.
San Diego-Yap Ancestral House or Museo Sugbo
This provincial museum was formerly Carcel de Cebu meaning Cebu’s provincial jail. It was made over into a museum and it features historical artifacts from Cebu and the Visayas islands. The Ancestral House of the San Diego-Yap family is among the oldest in the entire Philippines. It is managed by the heirs and it features a lot of antiques.
It is the highest temple in Cebu in terms of location rising 300 meters from sea level. It provides you a spectacular view of the entire Cebu City.
This splendid sculpture is the creation of a local artist named Eduardo Castrillo. It features the historic events and landmarks of Cebu.
Shopping of Pasalubong if time permits
Pasalubong shopping is the Filipino tradition of buying souvenirs to give back as gifts when you get back home. Buy the little trinkets or local delicacies like the famous Dried Mango Chips and Chicharon (pork crackling) to remember your trip to Cebu.
Temple of Leah
The temple sits on top of a mountain overlooking Cebu City and was constructed by TeodoricoAdarna to honor his deceased wife Leah. A visit to this place takes you back to Ancient Rome where it also features a museum and art gallery.
Tops is one of the view decks in Cebu where you have an awesome sight of the entire Cebu City. It is better to go at night where you can have a fantastic vista of the city lights.
Sirao Flower Garden
It’s a virtual feast for the eyes because of the various flowering species you will find in this garden. It is best to go during peak season (around April to May or October to November) when all the flowers are in full bloom!