Historic Vigan City Travel Guide
Vigan city is famous for its well-preserved Spanish colonial mixed with Asian architecture. It was also declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and in 2015 Vigan City was recognized as one of the New7Wonders Cities.
We arrived in Vigan late in the afternoon, we went straight to our transient house to freshen up and leave our bags. Our first activity was to watch the fountain light show scheduled at 7:30 PM. While waiting for the show to start we went to Plaza Burgos to eat some delicious empanadas and other street foods. After eating, we went straight to Plaza Salcedo to watch the dazzling light show. The show lasts 30 minutes, please check the video at the end of the post for some shots of the show.
Near Plaza Salcedo and Burgos is the white baroque Vigan Cathedral. Walking around in Calle Crisologo is quite romantic, the well-preserved houses and cobblestone streets are really fascinating. Strolling in the streets at night is so magical, it feels like you are being transported back in time. The empty streest with nice lighting is a great setting to capture those perfect photos or selfies. The best time to take photos are in the evening and before the break of dawn.
The best way to getting around Calle Crisologo is by walking but you can also hire a kalesa to tour you to different historical spots. It only costs 150 Php for 1 hr and can fit up to 5 people. We’re not able to visit the museums since it’s already late and most of the shops were already closing.
There are a lot of restaurants in the area but since it’s a little late we went to eat in a restaurant called Bartech. The food was great and they also have a live band performing. After having our dinner and a bucket of beer we went straight to our transient house to rest. Next on our plans was to catch the earliest bus to Laoag and meet up with our guide/van driver. We hired a van service to tour us around Ilokos Norte including Pagudpud.
If you have more time you can visit the different museums and mansions. You may also want to try pottery and make your own vases.
Ilokano dishes are so delicious, I think I gained a few pounds. Must try food: Vigan Longanisa, Bagnet, empanada, Poki-poki (it’s an eggplant dish) and garlic chichacorn.
How to get to Vigan City:
1. By Plane: After landing to Laoag you can ride a Bus going to Vigan.
2. By Bus:
a. From Manila you can ride a Partas going to Vigan or Laoag.
b. From Baguio you can ride buses that goes straight to Vigan/Laoag . Buses are located in Gov. Pack road below SM Baguio.
Partas BUS: Address: 816 Aurora Blvd, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Phone: +63 2 725 7303
Watch Vigan Adventure: