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Ilocos Sur

Calle Crisologo in Vigan Ilocos Sur Ilocos SurIlocos Sur, a province situated in the northern part of the Philippines, is rich in history, culture, and natural beauty. With a history dating back to the pre-colonial era, Ilocos Sur holds a special place in the annals of Philippine history. Today, it has become a must-visit destination for travelers seeking a glimpse into the country’s past and an escape into its picturesque landscapes.

The ancient Kingdom of Namayan intertwined with Ilocos Sur’s history, playing a significant role in shaping the region’s culture.

Later, during the Spanish colonization, the province became part of the vast Ilocos region.  During the 16th century, Vigan, the capital, was founded and emerged as a prominent center for trade and commerce during the Spanish colonial era. In 1999, Vigan earned the prestigious title of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, preserving its well-preserved Spanish colonial architecture, cobbled streets, and ancestral houses.

calle crisologoOne of the highlights of Ilocos Sur is undoubtedly the city of Vigan.  Take a calesa (horse-drawn carriage) ride and explore the city’s charming streets while listening to the rhythmic clatter of horse hooves on cobblestones.

Aside from Vigan, Ilocos Sur boasts other enchanting destinations. Quench your thirst for adventure in the stunning landscapes of Pinsal Falls, which cascade gracefully into crystal-clear pools, inviting visitors to take a refreshing dip. For history enthusiasts, the town of Santa Maria offers the majestic Santa Maria Church, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for its distinct earthquake baroque architecture.

Bantay Church Bell Tower is another historical gem in Ilocos Sur, offering panoramic views of the surrounding countryside from its vantage point. Adventure seekers can also hike up the town of Caoayan’s Abot-Tanaw windmills, where breathtaking views of the coastline and wind farm await.

Ilocos Sur’s unique blend of history and natural beauty makes it a destination that leaves a lasting impression on every traveler. Whether you’re wandering through the cobblestone streets of Vigan or exploring the province’s picturesque landscapes, Ilocos Sur offers an unforgettable experience that captures the essence of the Philippines’ rich cultural heritage.

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