5 Things to do in Ilocos

Txc5U1474033269 - 5 Things to do in Ilocos

Ilocos has always charmed visitors for its historical structures and unique features that you can only find in this true gem of the north. If there are 5 best places that you can visit in this region, I would recommend the following places :

1. Paoay Church

First stop was at Paoay Church, known formally as St. Augustine Church. This UNESCO World Heritage site is one of the most exceptional Baroque churches I have ever found in the Philippines. For a moment when I was staring at this church,  I realized what makes it distinctive. I noticed the gigantic buttresses on the sides and back of the structure which is uncommon and rarely possesed by most Baroque churches I’ve seen.

ilocos - 5 Things to do in Ilocosilocos1 - 5 Things to do in Ilocos

2.Bangui Windmills

Due to the size of this province and the time constraint, it was  inconvenient to travel on our own going to one place to another which we thought would cost us the same or even more than hiring a tricycle driver to bring us to these places. Apparently, we hired one for 800 php to tour us around  the 3 main points north of Laoag. The first main point is to the first power  generating windmill farm in Southeast Asia,  Bangui Windmills. This a distinct feature in Ilocos since I haven’t heard or seen that other provinces in the Philippines has this kind of windmill. If they have one , it might not be a striking as this one.

ilocos7 - 5 Things to do in Ilocosilocos8 - 5 Things to do in Ilocos

3. Cape Bojeador Lighthouse

The second point is the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse or popularly called as Burgos Lighthouse. This is one of the many lighthouses that were constructed during the Spanish colonial period and one of the most preserved. Considering its historical significance, this lighthouse is listed as a cultural heritage site.

ilocos6 - 5 Things to do in Ilocos

4. Kapurpurawan Rock Formation

A piece of heaven on earth. Kapurpurawan rock formation is located on the rocky coast of Burgos, Ilocos Norte. These creamy white sand and streamlined limestone were formed from different oceanic and weather forces. It was just surreal and unbelievable to be part of Earth.

ilocos4 - 5 Things to do in Ilocosilocos9 - 5 Things to do in Ilocos

5. Vigan

The last stop was at Vigan, specifically at its colonial street, Calle Crisologo. Its colonial architecture  is similar to colonist streets in Mexico. I remember there was a movie produced in early 90′ s that includes shots of this street  but indicated in the film as a Mexican town although the actual location is in the Philippines.

ilocos3 - 5 Things to do in Ilocosilocos2 - 5 Things to do in Ilocos

Have you been to Ilocos? What are the best things would you recommend doing in this province?

Related Post

Anna La Viajera on EmailAnna La Viajera on FacebookAnna La Viajera on GoogleAnna La Viajera on InstagramAnna La Viajera on LinkedinAnna La Viajera on PinterestAnna La Viajera on TwitterAnna La Viajera on Youtube
Anna La Viajera
Anna is a travel buff, logophile, choreophile, an adventurous foodie & glossophilia.She loves writing, dancing, traveling & learning languages. She speaks more than 5 languages and have been to more than 20 countries so far. In her leisure time, she loves to listen to music, dance & try cooking.

One comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.