Cebu is a province in the Philippines’s Central Visayas region. There are more than 150 islands and all of them have a different story. The main place here is the City of Cebu. It is also known as the Queen City of the South and it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the entire country. Compared to Manila, City of Cebu is more affordable, less polluted and has a better geographical position. Even better, it isn’t crowded, which made it perfect for tourists. Some spots here must be visited, so we will mention them below.
TOP 12 Cebu Tourist Spots – The Best Tourist Destination in the country (Philippines)
Minor Basilica of the Holy Child
Minor Basilica of the Holy Child or Basilica del Santo Niño is one of the most important places in the city. It was built in the 16th century when Spanish explorers came to the Philippines. The importance of this basilica is immense. Even the Roman Catholic Church calls it the Mother and Head of all churches in the Philippines.
Each year, thousands of people come from all parts of the world just to see this construction. It was damaged in the earthquake that hit the Philippines in 2013, October, but since then it was completely repaired.
Fuerza de San Pedro
Fort San Pedro is a beautiful place to visit even if you live in the City of Cebu. All tourists must come here in order to see the glimpses of the history Cebu had. The fort was built by Miguel López de Legazpi in 1565. It has been used for centuries and it is one building that made the entire region better-known and richer. In addition, it is located close to Basilica del Santo Niño.
Taoist Table is the most popular tourist attraction of Cebu, so obviously, you will have to spend some time here. The temple is a masterpiece that was constructed back in 1972 entirely by Chinese people living here. Today it is the most important center of Taoism and it is one of the best-known construction in the entire province.
This temple is located in Beverly Hills part of the city. As the name suggests, it is a bit special neighborhood that should be seen as well. Before rushing to visit the temple, make sure you have plenty of energy. There are quite a lot steps to make in order to reach it. On the other hand, this is the best place to start your exploration if you come from parts of the world where these temples don’t exist.
Magellan’s Cross is precise as the name suggests. The cross was placed in the same place where it is known by no other than Ferdinand Magellan. It is important because the cross stands for the first time when Spanish explorers come to the shores of Philippines. Magellan also placed it here as a symbol of newly coming religion to this part of the world. Even if you are coming for the tenth time in the City of Cebu, visiting the cross is highly recommended.
One secret is very interesting. The actual cross is built-in the larger, cross also made from wood. The reason for that is the fact most people were chipping the pieces of the cross, believing that it has miraculous properties. Actually, it doesn’t, but this was the only way to protect the real cross.
Cristobal Colon’s street
In the center of the Queen City of South you will have an opportunity to enjoy Colon Street. There are a few things you should know first. It is the oldest street in the Philippines and it got the name after Cristobal Colon. Nowadays, the street is a modern part of the city, where you can watch, eat, drink and walk while enjoying the atmosphere of modern Philippines.
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All of you who are planning to go shopping, this is the place to start. Here you can get anything you will need, from any vendor you have heard of. Prices are generally affordable, but they are rated as high compared to rest of the country.
In the city center, the Cebu Provincial Capitol Building occupies the main spot. An interesting fact is that you should visit this building two times; once during the day and the second time during the night. During the day, the building looks professional and formal, so make a few photos of it. At night, it is completely illuminated with red lights, which made it one of a kind.
It is a real pleasure being able to see a building like this. All around it, you have places to rest, walk and enjoy the construction in general. It is said that every single tourist should have the picture of the front end of the building as a souvenir.
Shopping Mall City Cebu
One of Cebu Tourist Spots that is extremely beneficial to explore is the main shopping mall of the Cebu. It is actually the 4th largest facility of this kind in the entire Philippines and it is one of the best-known malls in the entire Asia. Exploring the mall will take hours and hours, so make sure you have plenty of time.
This is the place where shopping is done. You will be able to get anything you want, something that is available in the Philippines only and to relax thanks to the IMAX watching a new movie.
Rajah Lapu-Lapu monument (Mactan Shrine)
Rajah Lapu-Lapu was the first hero of this country, who managed to kill Ferdinand Magellan in 1521. The statue is close to the city, but you will have to get a taxi in order to reach it. Why visit this monument? It is a beautiful statue which is 20 meter high! The entire place is superb and ideal for all of the people who want to get in touch with the rich history of the country.
Mactan Shrine is close to a local restaurant where all tourists decide to spend some time, resting after taking dozens of photos of the monument. Addition: Taxi drivers in Cebu are far more polite than those in Manila.
Ayala Center is located in the Business Park. There are several reasons why you should visit this place. First and foremost, it represents a combination of the modern and classic times. There are plenty of coffee houses, restaurants and anything else you will want to enjoy while on your vacation.
Still, the main reason why you should come here is the peace that is always available. You will finally be able to rest and relax in a place that is completely different than all others. Just to add, Ayala Center features some unique and extraordinary buildings and creations, so bring your camera. For weekend parties and nightlife, it is also a recommended place to visit.
At the entrance, you will see a large illuminated logo ‘’Cebu IT Park’’. As you may believe, this is the main place where younger people come. The nightlife is amazing and the entire place it focused on providing as much fun as possible. Restaurants, coffee houses and etc. are available at each step.
During a day, the park is used by businessmen and by companies, but as soon sun goes down, it becomes a party place. Don’t forget that this is the most common place where people jog at the evening, so get used to them. If you want to go somewhere else, a casino is 2 minutes away.
Metropolitan Cathedral is located closely to the Fort San Pedro and it is the next place to visit. The construction began in 1689, but it was completed late in 1909. During the World War II, it was almost destroyed, but the government rebuilt it in 1950.
The full name of this spot is the Heritage of Cebu Monument. You may believe that it is an ordinary monument, but it isn’t. In fact, there is no a similar creation anywhere in the world. The monument consists of several, different creations, all built-in to one composition. The artist of this amazing piece of art is Edgardo Castrillo. He began working on it in 1997 and finished the monument in 2000 (December 8th).
The monument is made to reveal the main events that occurred in the history of Cebu. It is possible to see all main events in a single picture. You will need a brochure to understand a few of the events, so get one in a local store.
Never be left behind on what makes Cebu City the queen of south
Don’t forget the that City of Cebu is known as the origin of Otap (dry rosquillos and mangoes). Locals also say that they are the best when it comes to the Lechon! Invest some time into browsing the shops and the streets experimenting with the local food. Both of these treats are extraordinary in the lack of a better word. At the end, we can just say that spending some time here will mean just one thing. It will be the best time of your life.