Vigan Travel Guide: Travel Back to Colonial Philippines

Vigan

About Vigan

Travel back to colonial Philippines in Vigan, the capital city of Ilocos Sur and one of the very few remaining Hispanic towns in the country.

Established in the 16th century as Villa Fernandina, Vigan is endowed with its timeless and well preserved beauty. It portrays an Spanish-era Philippines with its cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages called “calesa“, ancestral houses and old structures that have survived the war and stood the test of time.

Vigan
Saint Paul Metropolitan Cathedral of Vigan

Undoubtedly, Vigan has successfully preserved its heritage, getting the nod of UNESCO for inclusion in the prestigious World Heritage Site list in 1999 as a best-preserved example of a planned Spanish colonial town in Asia.

Today, Vigan is a fusion of old and new, of east and west, of traditional and modern living. Experience the best of the Philippines in the Heritage City of the North – Vigan!

Vigan
Pagburnayan

How to Get to Vigan

Manila to Vigan by Land

Vigan is at least six (6) hours of land travel from Manila. Several bus lines serve the route including Partas (Contact No: 725-1740, 725-1256, 725-7303, 724-9820), Dominion Bus, Aniceto Bus and Viron Transit that travel directly daily. Meanwhile, Florida Bus Line (Contact No: 731-4473, 781-5894),  Baliwag (Contact No: 524-7111, 525-1067, 525-3064, 525-6769, 525-2338, 525-2294), Fariñas (Contact No: 743-8582), Maria De Leon Bus Lines, RCJ Bus Lines and F. Franco Transit have daily trips to Laoag, passing by Vigan. The shortened trip is via North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) and Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX).

You can book your bus or private transfer from Manila to Vigan and vice versa below.

BOOK YOUR BUS/PRIVATE TRANSFER FROM MANILA TO VIGAN

Manila to Vigan by Air

Mindoro Airport of Vigan is a community airport intended to serve the whole province of Ilocos Sur. InterIsland Airline and Sea Air used to fly there from Manila but the operation of the route was cancelled due to low traffic. To date, the airport serves only chartered flights.

The nearest airport with regular commercial flight is Laoag in Ilocos Norte. Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific fly to Laoag daily from Manila, travel time is an hour. Vigan is only two hours away from Laoag.

Clark to Vigan

For those coming from Diosdado Macapagal International Airport in Clark Field, Pampanga, ride the shuttle or jeepney going to Dau Integrated Bus Terminal, fare is around P50. In Dau Terminal, transfer to a bus going to Vigan or Laoag.

Abra/Tuguegarao to Vigan

If you’re coming from Tuguegarao or Abra, GMW Liner and Florida Liner operate buses between the two with stop in Vigan.

Baguio to Vigan

There are buses at Baguio City Bus Terminal going to Laoag with stop at Vigan. You can book your bus from Manila to Vigan and vice versa below.

BOOK YOUR BUS FROM BAGUIO TO VIGAN

Vigan
Shops at Calle Crisologo

Getting Around and Away

Tricycle is the common method of transportation around Vigan but still the best way to explore its attractions is by riding a “calesa” for P150.00 per hour per carriage. Jeepneys, vans and buses are advised for those going to Sta. Maria, Laoag, Paoay and other neighboring towns.

Where to Stay in Vigan

Experience living in the ancestral houses turned hotels. Some of the favorites include:

Top-Rated / Highly Reccomended Accommodations in Vigan

Hotel Veneto de Vigan

Hotel Veneto de Vigan
Pantay Daya, Vigan
Starts at 2,000 PHP

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Hotel Luna

Hotel Luna
Pantay Daya, Vigan
Starts at 2,500 PHP

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Hotel Felicidad

Hotel Felicidad
Pantay Daya, Vigan
Starts at 2,000 PHP

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Ciudad Fernandina

Ciudad Fernandina Hotel
Town Proper, Vigan
Starts at 2,000 PHP

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Top-Rated Budget Accommodations in Vigan

Escolta Homey Lodge

Escolta’s Homey Lodge
Town Proper, Vigan
Starts at 700 PHP

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Hotel ni Among

Hotel ni Among
Pantay Daya, Vigan
Starts at 750 PHP

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List of Hotels/Inns/Lodges in Vigan

  • Grandpa’s Inn and Restaurant
    #1 Bonifacio St., Vigan City
    Contact No: (077)722-2118
  • Gordion Inn
    V. Delos Reyes St., Vigan City
    Contact No: (077)722-2526
  • Casa Teofila Lodge
    Brgy.Pantay Daya, Vigan City
    Contact No: (077)722-6482
  • Hotel Salcedo de Vigan
    V. Delos Reyes corner Gen. Luna St., Vigan City
    Contact No: (077)722-1200
  • Vigan Plaza Hotel
    Crisologo St., Vigan City
    Contact No: (077)632-0317
  • Villa Angelica Heritage House
    Quirino Blvd., Vigan City
    Contact No: (077)722-2914
  • Casa Rica
    88 Quirino Blvd. Corner Abaya Street, Vigan City
    Contact No: (077)674-0591
  • Ciudad Fernandina Hotel
    26 Mabini corner Plaridel Streets, Vigan City
    Contact No: (077)722-3765
    E-mail: info@ciudadfernandinavigan.com.ph
  • Condotel Asuncion
    Florentino corner Jacinto Streets, Vigan City
    Contact No: (077)722-8777
  • Cordillera Family Inn
    Florentino St., Vigan City
    Contact No: (077)722-2727
  • Cordillera Inn
    Crisologo St., Vigan City
    Contact No: (077)722-2727
  • El Juliana Hotel
    Quirino Blvd. corner Liberation Blvd., Vigan City
    Contact No: (077)722-2994
  • Green R Hotel
    Alcantara Ext., Vigan City
    Contact No: (077)722-6106
  • Hem Apartelle
    A. Reyes St., Vigan City
    Contact No: (077)722-2173
  • Hotel Felicidad
    Blk.4 #9 V. Delos Reyes corner Florentino Streets, Vigan City
    Contact No: (077)722-0008
  • La Feliza Tourist Inn
    #8 De Los Reyes Corner Florentino Streets, Vigan
    Contact No: (077)722 2926
  • Playa de Oro
    Brgy. Mindoro, Vigan City
    Contact No: (077)673-0919/+639175850137
  • R.F. Aniceto Mansion
    Crisologo St., Vigan City
    Contact No: (077)722-2383
  • Social Pastoral Center
    Nueva Segovia St., Vigan City
    Contact No: (077)722-2018
  • UNP Guestel
    University of the Philippines Compound
    Brgy. Tamag, Vigan City
  • Vigan Heritage Mansion
    Crisologo St. corner Liberation Blvd., Vigan City
    Contact No: (077)722-6495
Bantay Church
Bantay Church

Things to Do in Vigan and Nearby Areas

  • Walk along the cobblestone street of Calle Crisologo and Calle Plaridel and admire its old structures
  • Visit the century-old St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral and Simbaan a Bassit
  • Checkout Crisologo Museum, Father Burgos Residence & Museum, Religious Museum, Leona Florentino Ancestral House, Fil-Spanic Friendship Park, Buridek Museum, Baluarte Vigan (Vigan Fortress), Hidden Garden, Plaza Burgos , Plaza Salcedo and Syquia Mansion
  • Experience jar-making at Pagburnayan
  • Try Vigan Heritage River Cruise
  • Watch the dancing fountain in Plaza Salcedo Lagoon
  • Shops for antiques and other native products
  • Watch the abel weavers in action
  • Swim and see the sunset at Mindoro Beach
  • Taste Empanada, Vigan Longanisa, Dinengdeng, Poqui-Poqui and other Ilocano delicacies
  • Visit the nearby St. Augustine Churh of Bantay and its detached belfy
  • Go to Magsingal Church, Belfry & National Museum
  • Dine in Cafe Leona, Cafe Uno, Bistro Amarillo, Granpa’s Inn Restaurant, Caferia en la Veranda, Caferia del Maestro or Gordon’s Hotel Garden by the Ruins
  • Buy Royal Bibingka, Vigan Longanisa and other pasalubong at Tongson’s Royal Bibingka
  • Drop by at the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Asuncion in Santa Maria, another UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Head to Laoag, Paoay, Burgos, Bangui and Pagudpud
Vigan
The cobblestone street of Calle Crisologo

Sample Vigan Itinerary

Here a sample three-day itinerary of Laoag and Vigan:

Day 0: Departure
2000H: Depart by bus from Cubao

Day 1: Laoag
0800H – 0830H: Arrive in Laoag / Proceed to hotel to leave bags
0830H – 0930H: Breakfast at Cuisine de Iloco
0930H – 1200H: Stroll in and around the historic plaza: see the sinking bell tower, St. William’s Cathedral, Provincial Capitol, Tobacco Monopoly Monument and Museo Ilocos Norte
1200H – 1300H: Lunch at Saramsam Ylocano Restaurant
1300H – 1500H: Rest at hotel / Waash-up
1500H – 1800H: La Paz Sand Dunes
1800H – 1900H: Back at hotel / Wash-up
2000H onwards: Dinner at Kahel de Luna / Socials / Lights off

Day 2: Paoay and Santa Maria
0600H – 0800H: Call time / coffee / pack-up / check-out / proceed to jeepney terminal
0800H – 0830H: Laoag to Paoay
0830H – 1000H: Explore Paoay Church / Breakfast at Herencia Cafe
1000H – 1200H: Proceed to Bus Stop / Paoay to Vigan
1200H – 1300H: Check-in at hotel / Rest
1300H – 1400H: Lunch in Cafe Leona
1400H – 1800H: Proceed to Santa Maria Church and Pinsal Falls
1800H – 1900H: Return to hotel / Wash-up
1900H onwards: Dinner at Lampong’s Restaurant / Night walk at Calle Crisologo, Socials /Lights off

Day 3: Vigan
0500H – 0600H: Blue hour at Calle Crisologo
0600H – 0730H: Breakfast! Empanada!
0730H – 1200H: Vigan Cathedral, Calle Crisologo, Simbaan a Bassit, St. Augustine Chuch of Bantay, Crisologo Museum, Father Burgos Residence and Museum, Religious Museum, Leona Florentino Ancestral House, Fil-Hispanic Friendship Park, Buridek Museum, etc.
1200H – 1400H: Lunch / Proceed to Bus Terminal
1400H: Departure for Manila

Santa Maria
UNESCO World Heritage Our Lady of Assumption Church of Santa Maria

Other Tips

  • Best time to visit is during dry season from November to May
  • There are ATMs in town and credit cards are accepted in major establishments
  • Globe, Smart, Sun, Touch Mobile and Talk n’ Text have mobile signal

First published: 02-May-2010 | Updates: 10-Nov-2013; 19-Apr-2016; 07-Jan-2018; 18-Aug-2019; 26-Feb-2020

Comments

  1. […] it as side-trip to Ilocos Norte. I haven’t got a chance to stay long in here. You can check Lakwatsero.com‘s list of inns and restaurants you can consider in staying at Vigan. Besides the main […]

  2. sey

    if mag rent a car po kmi from manila to vigan how much it cost??? if anyone can provied me some info pls..
    tnx.

    1. isay

      Hello po.may kilala po akong tao n pwede nyo pong irent..hi ace commuter po ung car nya and lagi po syang may trip to ilocos vigan laoag pagudpod ung tour nya. Comment lng po ulit kayo pag interested kau and i will giv3 you the details

      1. ivy

        how much po rent nung van?

  3. sey

    im coming from manila going to vigan how to get there?? i need help

  4. JOVY AYING

    hi
    how about if im from cebu..
    whats the best route that i will take???
    tnx

  5. ThinkWarren

    Hi 😉 happy new year! My family will be there this month, would like to confirm ln po if ok ln isama nmin ang pet chihuahua nmin during the trip, i mean allowed po b s lodging? Thanks

    1. mark edison respicio

      Ok lng po…

  6. erik

    nice place……

  7. Jhem

    Cheap hotel but cozy, please. Advise and post link if u may,, planning to go there on sept. Eh,, please thanks.. ^_^

    1. Mark

      I’m looking for a buddies to visit this place

      1. John

        I want to go there when I go to Philippines in October

      2. Trix Dela Vega

        Hey, are you looking for companion. are you going to vigan as well? Im planning by myself, we can go there. Message me at my facebook if you’re going. Trix Dela Vega

      3. aries basmayor

        I am also planning to go to Vigan.

  8. how to get to hidden garden and baluarte from the plaza burgos?any map?

  9. angelito almero

    how to get to baluarte and hidden garden , from the vigan pplaza , metropolitan cathedral

  10. Yaqui Llorca

    Hi. I heard that there are new express ways to pass thru to shorten the travelling time: SCTEX & the latest one towards La Union. Would you know how long the travelling time will be if we pass thru those Express Ways? Also since i am a PWD, i will be using my wheelchair in going around. I am just unsure if the cobblestone roads could accommodate my already wobbly wheelchair. Aside from the kalesa, are there bicycles with sidecars that can be rented instead? Thank you!

    1. timtam

      Hello Ms. Belinda,

      From NLEX exit, go straight to SCTEX (more or less 30 minutes). From SCTEX, enter TPLEX (more or less 30 minutes) then the exit will be in Carmen, Rosales in Pangasinan. From there, turn right to Villasis-Rosales Bridge.

      By the way, TPLEX connecting Pangasinan to Rosario, La Union is still under construction. More or less, it will take you four to five hours to travel from TPLEX exit to Vigan City, Ilocos Sur.

      Have fun! =)

      1. bong

        My family will have plans to go to vigan what 8s total eatimate travel time from manila to vigan. Iam planning to bring my car. Also have read in your site that after nclex have to enter sctex (what us my exit point going again inside the TPLEX)
        thank you and i find your site a good help fir us first timers going to the north. More power and god bless

        1. Lakwatsero

          Hi, SCTEX and TPLEX cut the travel time from Manila to Vigan to at least seven. Take NLEX, exit/enter at SCTEx (after Dau Exit), then enxit/enter at TPLEx (after Hacienda Luisita).

    2. timtam

      Sorry, Ms. Yaqui po pala. Hehe. =)

  11. Belinda

    I’ve follow your trip quite a while and I find it very interesting! you stay up to date from all your trips. Soon I’m travelling Philippines partly Luzon
    I have done it a ages ago, memory faded 😉

    My question is: Is it posibble to take a bus from Vigan to Bontoc or Sagada without going to Bagiuo? Thanks!

    Greetings from Belgium

  12. cendy

    Is that place safe to a foriegner?

    1. edwin

      Precisely cendy, its safe.

  13. frelyn centeno

    hello, i would like to ask if its safe to go there alone? cause im planning to go there on May to explore..please give me some advice
    ..thanks

    1. thirdy

      Im planning to go there alone as well 🙂

    2. edwin

      Friend its very safe we been there last week.

  14. Romil Arieta

    Hi there! Vigan is always my dream vacation. I am from zamboanga city and i want to know how can i get to vigan from here. can you let me know the travel to get there?

  15. Erica Marie Amores

    Hi. i was hoping na pwede kayo magsend ng updates through email? Pano ba magsubscribe sa inyo?

  16. ‘going there on the 14th 🙂

  17. Emma

    Vigan, interesting place would like to see when I visit the Philippines…thanks for all information…

  18. My brother has been wanting to visit Vigan too, he’s been planning for it and I hope it can be fulfilled next time he goes home to the Philippines.

    1. Ariane anep

      Weve been der grabe sa ganda, kaso one whole day lang km ng family k kc galing ng kami ng pagudpod n laoag bitin tlga vigan escapade ko, ryt now honestly gustong gusto kng bumalik dun try da empanada hanap
      K s heritage at bagnet s palengke its da best

  19. wwooowww..I nice shot..ganda ng mga kuha mo mga pics…

  20. 1P

    This is nice guide for those who want to go and see the heritage city of Vigan. Just don’t forget to get some good eats near the plaza burgos such as empanada and sinanglao.

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