Travel North - What not to miss when visiting Ilocos

These are the days when many Filipinos have the means to travel at least around the Philippines – to discover a wealth of cultures, sights, sounds and great taste in their own backyard.

If there is one destination or region that will never disappoint, it is the Ilocos region. The two provinces – Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte are not close to the national capital of Manila, but the 7-8 hour trip (for the first touchdown) is all worth it.

When you do find yourself here, don’t forget to visit/experience the following:

  • Calle Crisologo (Vigan City) – This is perhaps the most popular site in Ilocos Sur. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in that it is one of the few towns left in the Philippines whose old structures have mostly remained intact, and it is well known for its cobblestone streets and a unique architecture of the Philippine colonial era which fuses Native Philippine and Oriental building designs and construction, with colonial Spanish architecture.

  • Bantay Tower - The old historic belfry of the church known as the Bantay Tower, which served as a watchtower for pirates back in the Spanish colonial era, gave the town its name - Bantay (meaning to guard). Bantay is also the name of the municipality it is in.

  • Pagburnayan – This is the place where handmade pottery is done. You can have a first hand experience of getting your hands dirty, molding your own figures of clay

  •  Santa Maria Church – Although not as popular as other destinations in Ilocos, this church was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site on December 11, 1993 as part of the only four Baroque Spanish-era churches in the Philippines

  • Paoay Church - The Saint Augustine Church commonly known as the Paoay Church, is famous for its distinct architecture highlighted by the enormous buttresses on the sides and back of the building. It was declared as a National Cultural Treasure by the Philippine government in 1973 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Paoay Sand Dunes Extreme 4x4 ride – This may well be the highlight of The Great Ilocos Escapade, where guests get a thrill of their lives, riding at the back of an open 4x4 jeep as they go through exciting terrain and a short stop by the beach. Onse Reef 4x4 offers a very exciting course as well as an amazing sunset. 

  •   The Sinking Bell Tower (Laoag City) -  sinks into the ground at a rate of an inch a year. It has an Earthquake Baroque style. The tower, built presumably after the 1707 earthquake, has a foundation of 90 meters. 

  •  Cape Bojeador Lighthouse - It was established during the Spanish Colonial period and was first lit on March 30, 1892, set high on Vigia de Nagpartian Hill overlooking the scenic Cape Bojeador where early galleons used to sail by. After over 100 years, it still functions and serves ships that enter the Philippine Archipelago from the north and guide them safely away from the rocky coast of the town. 

  •  Kapurpurawan Rocks - are rock formations created by forces of the ocean on the rocky coast of Burgos, located just a few minutes further from the lighthouse. In Ilocano, "Puraw"means white whereas "Kapurpurawan" means the whitest or fairest.

  • Burgos Wind Farm - is the second wind farm built in the province of Ilocos Norte and the largest project of its kind in the Philippines. It consists of 50 Vestas V90 wind turbines with a rated capacity of 3MW each.

  •  Bangui Wind Farm – When you hear the word Bangui, you hear Wind Farm or Windmills. It consists of 20 units of 70-metre (230 ft) high Vestas V82 1.65 MW wind turbines, arranged on a single row stretching along a nine-kilometer shoreline off Bangui Bay, facing the West Philippine Sea.

  • Kabigan Falls requires a 1.8km trek from the jump off point along the national road and can be reached in about 30-45 minutes. It is approximately 87-feet high and the water drops into a concave basin.

  • The Patapat Viaduct, located in the municipality of Pagudpud is a concrete coastal bridge 1.3 km long and connects the Maharlika Highway from Ilocos Region to Cagayan Valley. It is the 4th longest bridge in the Philippines and a must-see place for those Instagrammable pics and selfies

  •   Blue Lagoon - Another white sand beach can be found at Maira-ira Point in Sitio Malingay, considered the northernmost tip of the whole island of Luzon. It is even said to be better than Saud Beach because of its blue waters. There are more activities here due to the development of the largest resort, Hannahs


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