Top Places To Visit In Cebu
After Metro Manila, Cebu city is considered to be the next biggest or most developed city in the Philippines. With many establishments that can typically be seen in commercially developed areas, Cebu has long gone urban while keeping its rural charm and provincial appeal.
If you are planning to visit the lower part of the Philippines, Cebu is should be included in your list of places to visit. With its own international airport and with available transportation to almost anywhere in the Visayas and Mindanao region, it is the perfect jump-off point for your travels in that area. There are lots of hotels, inns, and condos in Cebu that can serve as your short accommodation. Nevertheless, Cebu is more than just a place for transiting to other tourist spots; it has a lot of places to offer that are worthy of being visited as well. Below are some of the top places to visit in Cebu.
- Lapu-lapu Monument. Why not start with a historical monument that defines Cebu for a lot of people? Made to immortalize Datu Lapu-lapu’s feat of defeating Ferdinand Magellan, this monument to the Mactan Island chieftain is a must-visit not just for tourists but for every Filipino as well.
- Magellan’s Marker. After visiting the Lapu-lapu monument, why not go over to the remembrance of Ferdinand Magellan’s installation of a wooden cross. This cross is supposedly placed as a symbol of peace between Raja Humabon, the ruler of Cebu, and his wife.
- Basilica Minore del Sto. Nino de Cebu. Located right beside Magellan’s Marker, this 16 century old church is among the oldest in the Philippines.
- Fort San Pedro. Although not comparable to Fort Santiago in Manila, Fort San Pedro is the oldest and smallest fort in the Philippines. Originally built with logs and mud in 1565, this Cebu fort was rebuilt using stones and mortar sometime in 1738.
- Cebu Taoist Temple. The influence of the Spanish period is evident all throughout Cebu and a visit to the Cebu Taoist Temple is just the perfect place to refresh and break the Spanish overdose some may experience. Located 300 meters above sea level in Beverly Hills subdivision, this temple features a replica of the Great Wall of China for its entrance.
- Colon Street. For another historic taste of Cebu, you may visit the oldest street in the Philipines. Do not expect to see any Cebu condo here because the street is a bit run down although it was once the center of business activity in Cebu city which explains the numerous shops and movie houses that can still be found in this area.
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