We only have one day in Vigan and we have to make the most our one day there, so after going swimming at the hotel, we decided to roam around. Our feet took us to Plaza Burgos, the smaller of the two major plazas in the city found just right beside Saint Paul Cathedral’s Bell Tower.
Around Plaza Burgos are street food and fastfood alike. You’ll also find lots of stores that sells the famous Vigan Bagnet and Vigan Longganisa.
Calle Crisologo during the day is hot but this is the major attraction of Vigan, so walking here is a must. It is filled with Spanish-style houses that will instantly take you back to the Philippine Spanish Colonial Times.
Phoyo Opps are a must too and buying of souvenirs, chichacorn, t-shirts and bags.
Baluarte is a local zoo owned by Gov. Chavit Singson. There’s no entrance fee and children will definitely love the different kinds of animals that they’ll be able to see.
You can even take photos with some of them for ₱50.
Donkey ride is ₱40.
Kalesa rides are a must when in Vigan. That’s our activity the next morning before checking out of Hotel Luna. We had two Kalesas, the traditional Kalesa is for ₱150 for 30 minutes and Hotel Luna’s Kalesa for ₱250 for 30 minutes.
Bantay Bell Tower
We were taken to the Bantay Bell Tower, which is said to have historical and cultural significance to the city. But this bell tower is mostly known because of its commanding view of Vigan from the highest portion of it that can be climbed. We weren’t able to climb it though because Twinkle fell asleep on the Kalesa ride going there.
Earthenwares made in Vigan is sought after because of its quality. At the Pagburnayan, you’ll be able to see and experience how a burnay or jar is made.
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This looks like such a wonderful and fun family vacation!
Kamira G. says
What a fun adventure!
After looking at all the funny face photos I do believe a wonderful day was had by everyone involved. The girls silliness was very engaging.
Mary Burris says
These are some awesome memories that you are building for your children. Beautiful place to visit. it looks like they had an enjoyable time.
Melissa Chapman says
That was a great place tosee. Love the cobblestone streets. Those parrots looked so friendly and so much fun to take pictures with.
Looks like you had an amazing time and that the kids enjoyed all the activities! I’d love to visit the Pagburnayan Pottery it looks so interesting!
This looks like a great place to visit. I really enjoyed reading this post and seeing your photos. I don’t get to travel much, but I really wish I did. I just need the budget to allow it.
Sounds like an amazing family vacation! I would love to visit Bantay Bell Tower – I always enjoy views from higher places.
Shannan P says
Gorgeous pics and cutie pie kiddos! Looks like a stunning place to visit. Definitely one I’d like to see one day.
Jenn Mitchell says
I have never heard of this place but it looks like it would be so much fun! Thank you for opening my eyes to a part of the world I never would have even known about.
Wow, this looks like such a fun family visit! My daughters are nine and three and would love a day excursion like this.
Jocelyn @ Hip Mama's Place says
I love the Philippines! Never been to Ilocos Sur though. Thank you for showing us your gorgeous photos and fun experience with your family!