Cebu City as one of the larger cities in the Philippines can be said to be like Manila, but without the chaos. Sure, traffic can really congested, but not anywhere close to the insanity of Manila’s highways. While Cebu’s population is mostly Filipino (including those with Spanish and Chinese blood), there is a large contingent of Americans, Europeans and as of late, South Koreans.
The Cebuanos are known throughout the Philippines for their good manners, hospitality and easy going nature. Many foreigners have decided to call Cebu their home for this reason. With an international airport, modern business parks, new large shopping malls, a vast seaport and multiple universites – Cebu has become a very well planned first class municipality with great charm.
Not many know that Cebu was the Philippines first city. Rich with history, excellent food, culture and natural wonders, there are a plethora of things to do in Cebu. The Cebu province is so large that it would take several days to visit most of the great tourist spots and attractions.
Cebu Tourist Attractions
Magellan’s Cross – Directly in front of the Sto. Nino Church, housed in a chapel, the cross is a symbol of the Philippine’s Roman Catholicism.
Basilica del Sto. Nino – Considered to be the Philippines’ oldest Roman Catholic Church, founded in the 16th century, the Basilica del Sto. Nino is one of the most famous landmarks in Cebu. When visiting, the Magellan’s Cross sits directly in front.
Party at Mango Square (Or one of Cebu’s other hotspots) – Cebu has a ton of nightlife options. Moreso than any city in the Philippines other than Manila. One of the top ones is at Mango Square near Fuente Circle.
Hill Top – One of my favorite things to do in the morning, is visit the spot known as Hill Top where you can get the best view of Cebu.
The Skye Experience Adventure – Atop the Crown Regency Hotel and Towers, there are a few heart pounding activities such as the Edge Coaster, the Urban Zipline, ther Vertical Climb and the Tower Walk.
Fort San Pedro – A triangular shaped fort that is both the oldest and the smallest in the country, this military defense structure is located in the new Plaza Independencia in the Pier Area.
Whale Sharks in Oslob – This is a very popular activity when tourists visit Cebu. The tour allows you to swim next to and pet the giant peaceful whales.
How To Get To Cebu
Thanks to Cebu Pacific, one can fly to Cebu from anywhere in the country. Taxis are plentiful.
Other Popular Destinations in the Philippines
From Cebu, two very popular destinations to visit are Bohol and the beautiful Philippine city of Dumaguete.