Are you planning to go to Ilocos Norte? Check my list of the top 10 must-visit tourist spots in the region. Ilocos Norte has a lot to offer and perfect for solo or group travelers. Enjoy historical places and beautiful beaches. It was my 2nd time touring the Ilocos region and it never gets old. Here are the top 10 tourist spots to visit on your trip to Ilocos Norte (in no particular order).
Top 10 Places to Visit in Ilocos Norte:
- Paoay Church– ST. Augustine church was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1993. It has a distinct architectural design, it was completed in 1710. This Baroque style church is located in the town of Paoay, Marcos Ave, Paoay, Ilocos Norte.
- The Sinking Bell Tower– Our very own leaning tower or in this case sinking tower. The tower was built on a sandy ground so it has sunk over the years. Interestingly, the bell tower was built far from the church. Address: A. Bonifacio, Brgy. 14, Laoag City, Ilocos Norte.
- Malacañang of the North-It was the official residence of the Marcos family in Ilocos. The Spanish influence mansion is well preserved and displays memorabilia from the Marcos family. Outside, you can enjoy a scenic view of Paoay Lake. Adress: Paoay, Ilocos Norte, Philippines.
- Marcos Museum and Mausoleum– Museum dedicated to the late president. The Mausoleum housed the body of the late president, cameras or any recording device is not allowed inside the mausoleum. The entrance fee is Php 50 per person while children under the age of four are free. Address: Batac, Ilocos Norte, Philippines.
- Sand Dunes Adventure– If you are a thrill seeker this activity is for you. Get that adrenaline pumping, ride a 4×4 and enjoy the adventurous trail. Enjoy surfing down a steep hill the guides will be glad to document your fall, I mean your adventure.
Address: Paoay, Ilocos Norte, Philippines.
- Kapurpurawan Rock Formation– The names means the color “white” in the Ilokano dialect, it’s a massive rock formation that is colored “white”. This is one of the most instagram worthy place I’ve visited. There are also windmills around the area. Address: Burgos, Ilocos Norte, Philippines
- Cape Bojeador Lighthouse– It is also known as Burgos Light house. Built by the Spaniards in the 18th century. Surprisingly, the lighthouse still functions and it is well-preserved. I thing lighthouses are both romantic and haunting at the same time. Address: Burgos, Ilocos Norte, Philippines.
- Bangui Windmills– Feeling hot? Then turn on the fans. A great example of green energy. It actually provides 40 % to 50 % sustainable energy to entire region of Ilocos Norte. We enjoyed the beautiful sunset before going to our hotel in Pagudpud. Address: Bangui, Ilocos Norte, Philippines.
- Pagudpud Beach– White sand and beautiful blue waters, you can either stay at Saud Beach or Blue Lagoon. If your staying at Saud beach , you can ride a tricycle to Blue lagoon. Get that perfect tan and enjoy fresh sea foods. Don’t forget to try Zip lining in the Blue lagoon. Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, Philippines.
- Patapat Bridge– I t is the fourth longest bridge in the Philippines. Enjoy a scenic view of the ocean and the mountains. I was not able to take a photo due to the bad weather, I’ll add a photo once I get to visit Ilocos again. Address: Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, Philippines.
How to get to Ilocos Norte:
1. By Plane: There are direct flights to Laoag via Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines. After landing, ride a jeep or tricycle to city proper.
2. By Bus: From Manila you can ride a Partas going to Laoag. Other bus companies are Florida bus, Philippine rabbit, Dominion and Farrinas Bus line. Travel time is about 10-12 hours.
We hired a van in Laoag to tour us around Ilokos Norte (Laoag-Paoay-Pagudpud). This is very convenient when travelling in a group we paid 2,500 php. The van usual can accommodate 12 pax. If you are travelling solo you can easily tour Laoag city via public transportation. To go to Paoay hire a Tricycle to tour you around. To go to Pagudpud, from Laoag, ride a bus going to Claveria, Cagayan.
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