Laoag & Vigan

Magnificent preserved ancient city, time machine to revisit colonization
And outstanding geographical diversity

About Laoag & Vigan

Ilocos is the province occupied the north western of
Luzon Island. Formerly, it is the coastal trade city with
Southeast Asia and China before it was under the Spanish
rule during the colonization period in 16th century.
Ilocos province could be divided into two parts,
Ilocos Norte (northern area) and Ilocos Sur (southern area).
Laoag is the capital of Ilocos Norte, which is a vibrant city
with modern private and government offices, educational
institutions, entertainments and shopping centers. However,
it still has charming atmosphere of ancient town, with a lot
of scared religious sites and historical landmarks. Vigan is the
capital city of Ilocos Sur which is more peaceful and perfectly
maintains the unique combination of Asia and European
colonial architecture and city planning.
Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur have many diverse attractions
ranging from UNESCO heritage sites, colonial architectural
buildings, coastal line with white beaches and sand dunes.
With plentiful activities like city hopping, sightseeing, driving
4*4 in sand dune and sandboarding, they constantly gaining
popularity from world tourists to visit here.

Ilocos is the province occupied the north western of Luzon Island. Formerly, it is the coastal trade city with Southeast Asia and China before it was under the Spanish rule during the colonization period in 16th century. Ilocos province could be divided into two parts, Ilocos Norte (northern area) and Ilocos Sur (southern area). Laoag is the capital of Ilocos Norte, which is a vibrant city with modern private and government offices, educational institutions, entertainments and shopping centers. However, it still has charming atmosphere of ancient town, with a lot of scared religious sites and historical landmarks. Vigan is the capital city of Ilocos Sur which is more peaceful and perfectly maintains the unique combination of Asia and European colonial architecture and city planning. Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur have many diverse attractions ranging from UNESCO heritage sites, colonial architectural buildings, coastal line with white beaches and sand dunes. With plentiful activities like city hopping, sightseeing, driving 4*4 in sand dune and sandboarding, they constantly gaining popularity from world tourists to visit here.

About Laoag & Vigan

Experience & Fun in Vigan & Laoag

Calle Crisologo

Calle Crisologo

Calle Crisologo is located in Vigan, Ilocos Sur. And it is the most popular destinations in Vigan because it was recognized as UNESCO heritage site in 1999. Calle Crisologo is valuable to Philippines as it preciously created a unique fusion of Asian building design (Chinese and Philippines) and construction with European colonial architecture and planning (Spain). This can be reflected in street of old Spanish structures, mostly houses of wealthy families and Filipino-Chinese traders with the remarkable cobblestone streets. Recommended activities are taking a history tour, visiting museum, riding a kalesa (Spanish-style horse carriage) and dining at night in wonderful atmosphere.

Paoay church

Paoay church

Paoay church, Saint Augustine church, is a roman catholic church majestically located in Ilocos Norte. Paoay Church is a best example of the localized Baroque architecture with its monumental and massive appearance. Paoay church’s facade is the combination of Spanish, Chinese, and Filipino influences with its gothic, baroque, and oriental design.  Hence, it was awarded the UNESCO heritage sites in 1993. The majestic standing of the church, picturesque landscape surrounding the church and the vibrant blue skies as background all perfectly combined resulting in one of a kind scenic attraction.

La Paz Sand dunes

La Paz Sand dunes

The La Paz Sand Dunes is one of the most visited tourist spots in Laoag city. It is 85 square kilometers long coastal beach and sandy desert area. The sand dunes of Ilocos were created by the interaction of the wind, sea, and river that together cause erosion and deposition.
The average height of the sand dunes is about 10-30 meters which creating adventurous activities for many tourists such as thrilling 4x4 off road riding and famous sandboarding. This is must-try activity when coming to La Paz sand dunes.

The La Paz Sand Dunes is one of the most visited tourist spots in Laoag city. It is 85 square kilometers long coastal beach and sandy desert area. The sand dunes of Ilocos were created by the interaction of the wind, sea, and river that together cause erosion and deposition. The average height of the sand dunes is about 10-30 meters which creating adventurous activities for many tourists such as thrilling 4x4 off road riding and famous sandboarding. This is must-try activity when coming to La Paz sand dunes.

Bangui windmills

Bangui windmills

The Bangui Wind Farm is located in the Province of Ilocos Norte.
These 20 windmills showing a gracefully shaped which reflecting
the shoreline alongside Bangui Bay, and facing the West Philippine Sea. This windmill is 70 meters height with 40 meters blade
diameters and they stretching along the shore with a distance of
9 kilometers. It is considered as one of Southeast Asian's biggest
wind farms. Travelers will surely enjoy sightseeing the panoramic
view of these windmill and the scenic shore. Taking a nice
photograph is recommended here.

The Bangui Wind Farm is located in the Province of Ilocos Norte. These 20 windmills showing a gracefully shaped which reflecting the shoreline alongside Bangui Bay, and facing the West Philippine Sea. This windmill is 70 meters height with 40 meters blade diameters and they stretching along the shore with a distance of 9 kilometers. It is considered as one of Southeast Asian's biggest wind farms. Travelers will surely enjoy sightseeing the panoramic view of these windmill and the scenic shore. Taking a nice photograph is recommended here.

Kapurpurawan Rock Formation

Kapurpurawan Rock Formation

Kapurpurawan Rock Formation, located in Ilocos Norte, was naturally created thousands of years ago by the sedimentation of particles accumulated on the shores by sea waves and wind. Thus, it is natural creation of distinctive geological rock formation. Today, it is one of popular destination and it is next to the giant Bangui windmill. From different angles, different shapes can actually be seen including a head, a cradle, and even a resting dragon. Travelers came here for
the purpose of chilling and taking photography this natural wonder.

Kapurpurawan Rock Formation, located in Ilocos Norte, was naturally created thousands of years ago by the sedimentation of particles accumulated on the shores by sea waves and wind. Thus, it is natural creation of distinctive geological rock formation. Today, it is one of popular destination and it is next to the giant Bangui windmill. From different angles, different shapes can actually be seen including a head, a cradle, and even a resting dragon. Travelers came here for the purpose of chilling and taking photography this natural wonder.

Longganisa

Longanisa is a flavorful Spanish sausage made from pork, traditionally flavored with cinnamon, aniseed, garlic, nutmeg, paprika, and vinegar. Vigan longganisa is famous sausage delicacy with plenty of garlic and spices in the mixture. It is distinct from other cities because it is small and plump, it is not sweet unlike the popular longganisa in other areas. Best description of Vigan longganisa is spicy, salty, tangy and garlicky.

Bagnet

Bagnet is another Ilocos cuisine made with deep fried pork chunks that are marinated with Ilocano Sauce and are served together with tomatoes, bagoong and garlic. Once fried, the pork belly is air dried up to drain the fat. This process is repeated over and over until the pork reaches its maximum crispiness. Nowadays, it is very popular dish in Ilocos which can be served together with rice as a meal, or eat with beer for the sake of a snack.

Dodol

Though it is also popular in Malaysia and Indonesia. Dodol is a traditional dessert you will find in Ilocos. Dodol is made of rice flour, coconut milk, sugarcane juice and anise. The secret to making a good dodol is to patiently and continuously stir the ingredients under a slow fire. It is best described as Sticky, thick and sweet snack. Dodol is also prepared as local treat during festival in Paoay.

By air

The main airport in Laoag city is Laoag international airport which is only one airport in Ilocos Norte and serving Laoag city and northern territory. There is only Philippines Airline flying from Manila to Laoag city and the flight will take around 1.50 hours. And it is regarded the fastest mode of transportation to visit Laoag city

The main airport in Laoag city is Laoag international airport which is only one airport in Ilocos Norte and serving Laoag city and northern territory. There is only Philippines Airline flying from Manila to Laoag city and the flight will take around
1.50 hours. And it is regarded the fastest mode of transportation to visit Laoag city

By ferry

There is no ferry service from Mania to Laoag city. Consequently, travelers need to use flight, bus or car option.

By bus

There are 2 operators that run from Manila to Laoag City, with
3 departures per day which are Partas Transportation Company
and Farinas Transit. The duration between Manila to Laoag city is approximately 9-10 hours.

There are 2 operators that run from Manila to Laoag City, with 3 departures per day which are Partas Transportation Company and Farinas Transit. The duration between Manila to Laoag city is approximately 9-10 hours.

By car

Travelers can hire a car and drive to Laoag city. The distance between Manila and Laoag city is approximately 500 kilometers which will consume approximately 7-8 hours of car driving.

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