What to do and see in Vigan, Philippines: The Best Places and Tips

December 10, 2017 Timmy Ribble

Vigan (Ilokano: Siudad ti Vigan; Tagalog: Lungsod ng Vigan; Local pronunciation: [ˈbigän]), officially the City of Vigan, is a 4th class component city and capital of the province of Ilocos Sur, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 53,879 people.
Restaurants in Vigan

Mena Crisologo Street, Vigan, Luzon, Philippines +63 926 125 3085
Excellent
49%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 934 reviews

Calle Crisologo

Reviewed By subtlety - Muntinlupa City, Philippines

This famous cobblestone street flanked by colonial-era buildings glows more beautifully at night, when the yellow halogen lamps cast a magical glow at the entire place. The buildings themselves have been re-purposed into shops and restaurants, a best practice in adaptive reuse of colonial architecture. It can get very busy though with all the horse-drawn carriages and crowds, so be adept with taking photos!

2. Dancing Fountain

Plaza Salcedo Lagoon, Vigan, Luzon, Philippines
Excellent
49%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 338 reviews

Dancing Fountain

Reviewed By marivicjoanlaron - Baguio, Philippines

This is the best way to "call it a day" when you're in Vigan. With the water Fountain springing into life and dancing with the songs, I must say this experience was quite extraordinary. For me, this was one of the highlights of our trip...

3. Bantay Bell Tower

beside St Augustine Church, Vigan, Luzon, Philippines
Excellent
35%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 353 reviews

Bantay Bell Tower

Reviewed By 374esped - Honolulu, Hawaii

A great way to learn history, you must visit a place. This area is a nice place, becuase it's taking care of. The garden around it is very lovely as well.

4. St Paul Metropolitan Cathedral

Opposite Plaza Salcedo, Vigan, Luzon, Philippines
Excellent
38%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 128 reviews

St Paul Metropolitan Cathedral

Reviewed By Missydivatravels - Luzon, Philippines

The Cathedral occupies a huge area just right before going to Calle Crisologo. The interior details looks great and well maintained.

5. Syquia Mansion

Quirino Blvd | Corner Salcedo Street, Vigan, Luzon 2721, Philippines +63 77 674 1643
Excellent
38%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 149 reviews

Syquia Mansion

Reviewed By msminchin23 - Manila, Philippines

The Syquia Mansion is just a large, 2-storey old house, a "bahay na bato" which I guess is a sign of affluence way back in the 19th century. There's a small fee to enter. Kids below 7yo are free to enter and seniors get a discount. We have already spent more than 15 minutes and explored the entire upper floor before a guide showed up. We didn't even realize there was a guide, no one told us at the reception. In any case, the guide is very knowledgeable and offered some good insight on the life of the wealthy back in the day. He also gave a brief history of how Philippine President Elpidio Quirino wed into the Syquia clan. Like any old house of the wealthy, it's chocful of creepy paintings (some by the esteemed Amorsolo but still creepy haha), figurines and huge mirrors (another symbol of the rich back then). It's a nice place to see if you like history. Young children will be bored though.

6. Hidden Garden

Bulala Centro, Vigan, Luzon 2700, Philippines +63 919 644 8566
Excellent
28%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
26%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 290 reviews

Hidden Garden

Reviewed By Richelle E - Malmo, Sweden

I liked walking through this garden and enjoy the different plants. They have good restaurants in the area too.

7. Crisologo Museum

Crisologo Street, Vigan, Luzon, Philippines
Excellent
22%
Good
55%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 134 reviews

Crisologo Museum

Reviewed By Timothy H - Louisville, Kentucky

The museum is the Crisologo family home. It had the old style Spanish archetecture. We took a guided tour which I highly recommend. The furnishings reflect the period and tell the family story. Some very unique pieces of art and antiques adorn the home. Either the visit!

8. Vigan Heritage Village

Vigan, Luzon 2700, Philippines
Excellent
67%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 34 reviews

Vigan Heritage Village

Reviewed By rpangan - Muntinlupa, Philippines

Had a stroll around Vigan Heritage Village and did photoshoots as well when we went here last Feb. It was kinda hot since we got here in the afternoon but it was worth it. Its not everyday that you visit a historic place and you go to Vigan always. Would go back if given the chance.

9. St Augustine Church

Next Door Bantay Belltower Bantay, Vigan, Luzon, Philippines
Excellent
30%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 46 reviews

St Augustine Church

Reviewed By PolarbearDK - Denmark

Having seen a few local churches in the province, this is the most spectacular so far. Very nice and well maintained inside as well as outside.

10. Plaza Salcedo

Ilicos Norte, Vigan, Luzon, Philippines
Excellent
26%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 53 reviews

Plaza Salcedo

Reviewed By Anna May V - Pasig, Philippines

Place looks like ti has been spiffed up a bit - what with the dancing Fountain and fresh paint. You can't deny its roots, though - stores sell different wares from the old days, but they surround the plaza perimeter still. People strolling, taking pictures, partaking of refreshments.
It's a place where people Go, and families gather and visit. Come early to avoid the heat and the crowds.
The center of it all is the Vigan Cathedral. Regardless of your religion, you can appreciate the architecture and the place's historical background.
Make sure to explore, as there is more to see in the surrounding areas.

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