Established in the 16th century, Vigan is the best-preserved example of a planned Spanish colonial town in Asia,” states UNESCO about this World Heritage Site.
One of the oldest town in the Philippines, its cobbled streets lined with elegant European-style merchant houses, with horse-drawn carriages trottling by every now and then.
Here’s how this charming city will instantly transport you to an idle Spanish town that you’ll love.
Photography buffs and Instagram addicts should walk around Calle Crisologo at dawn. The spectacular sunrise makes for some beautiful pictures.
NEXT: Relive history in traditional Filipino costume →
Get a taste of life as a fashionable ilustrado (educated social class) from the late 19th century at The Arce mansion. Try on traditional Filipino costumes and take photos: There are 300 costumes to choose from, and a selection of original antiques on display.
NEXT: Weave around →
Known for being durable and colourful, abel weaving is a popular woven fabric made from cotton fibre. Visit Rowilda’s Weaving Factory to see abel weavers in action and buy items like placemats, blankets, tablecloths, men’s shirts and even colourful evening clutches and bags.
NEXT: Explore the outdoors →
Pack a picnic lunch and head to Mira Hills Municipal Ecological Park in the nearby town of Pagburnayan. Aside from a quick splash in the swimming pool, a quiet lunch under the shady trees and a great panoramic view of the Vigan skyline, you can also learn more about the popular burnay pottery industry at Ruby Jar Factory. Keep an eye out for national folk artist Fidel Go.
NEXT: Watch the famed fountain come alive with lights →
Catch a free, 30-minute musical fountain and laser light show at Plaza Salcedo at 7 p.m. each evening. The lights are synced to popular modern music. Plus, there’s an open fountain at one of the ends of Plaza Salcedo where the kids can splash before dinner (remember to bring dry clothes to change into). Come early because the plaza gets packed.
NEXT: Be transported to a quaint Spanish town →
By Hazel Joanne Vincent De Paul, The Finder / Updated September 2019
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