Cebu

Cebu

It’s easy to see why the people of Cebu take great pride in their heritage. This thriving province in Visayas is where history, modern living, and stunning natural wonders all come together. Get lost in Cebu’s white-sand beaches, beautiful coral reefs, and majestic structures and discover this famed hub of Visayan culture.

One of the first things you should do once you reach Cebu is to grab a bite of its famous Cebu lechon, the province’s take on the country’s slow-roasted suckling pig delicacy. You can’t go wrong with joints like CnT Lechon, Alejo’s Lechon, and Zubuchon in Cebu City. Just make sure to come early, since the lechon of these places usually gets sold out in the morning.

Once you’ve gotten your fill of the lechon’s succulent meat and crispy skin, you can start journeying around the province’s capital, Cebu City. You’ll never find a dull day in this famous “Queen City of the South.” Be it during the vibrant Sinulog Festival or any other time of the year, the city is always bustling with locals and tourists alike.

As the first Spanish settlement in the Philippines, it is home to some of the country’s most iconic heritage sites. Check out religious landmarks like the Basilica del Santo Niño and the Magellan’s Cross, learn about the colonial-era life in Cebu at Casa Gorordo, or visit the country’s smallest Spanish outpost, Fort San Pedro.

You can also learn more about the city’s history by touring Museo Sugbo or walking along Colon Street, the oldest street in the Philippines. Outside of Cebu City, you’ll find countless other historical structures in heritage towns like Carcar, Oslob, and Boljoon.

If you want a taste of the Queen City’s modern side, head over to popular nightlife spots like IT Park and Crossroads. Visitors can also enjoy breathtaking views of the city by heading to the romantic observation deck, Tops, or trying out the thrilling Edge Coaster and Sky Walk activities at the Crown Regency Cebu.

Less than an hour away, you’ll find Lapu-Lapu City, a prime tourist destination and urban hub in Mactan Island. The city is home to the Lapu-Lapu Shrine, which celebrates Mactan’s Chief Lapu-Lapu and his historic stand against Magellan’s forces during the Battle of Mactan in 1521.

Mactan also houses some of Cebu’s most well-known diving resorts and marine sanctuaries. Go parasailing and windsurfing in Mactan’s pristine waters, join an island hopping tour around the Pandanon, Olango, and Talima Islands, or try out diving or snorkeling in Kontiki Reef, Tambuli Reef and the Hilutungan Island Marine Sanctuary.

Cebu’s reputation as a diver’s haven doesn’t come solely from Mactan Island. Go around the province and you’ll find several prime diving spots teeming with marine life. Witness Cebu’s spectacular undersea world by swimming with whale sharks, or butanding, in Oslob, exploring the thriving coral reefs of Moalboal, or diving with thresher sharks in Malapascua Island.

Those who want to relax by the sea can lounge on the picturesque beaches of Bantayan Island and Camotes Island. One place you shouldn’t miss is Santa Fe Beach, whose unspoiled, powdery white sands and magnificent sunsets are sure to enchant any traveler.

Of course, beaches and marine sanctuaries aren’t the only natural wonders you’ll find in Cebu province. Mountain lovers can head down south to Osmeña Peak in Dalaguete and experience a breathtaking view of mountains, islands, and the sea from Cebu’s highest peak.

Adventure lovers can also explore Cebu’s sophisticated cave systems or trek to the cascading crystal waters of Kawasan Falls, Tumalog Falls, Mantayupan Falls and Inambakan Falls.

Bring home some favorite Cebu souvenirs or pasalubong like dried mangoes, otap and rosquillos biscuits, and Mandaue City’s special masareal (ground peanut and sugar syrup candy) to munch on after your trip.

And if you want a signature piece of Cebuano craftsmanship, buy a guitar or ukulele from Lapu-Lapu City. These finely-crafted string instruments, born from a guitar-making tradition dating back to the Spanish colonial era, have become favorite souvenirs for foreigners and locals alike.

Top Rated Restaurants in Cebu Browse All

  1. Calea Pastries and Coffee
    4.5 Stars
    Café
    92 Reviews View
  2. Casa Verde
    4.5 Stars
    American
    49 Reviews View
  3. Bohol Bee Farm
    4.5 Stars
    Vegetarian
    62 Reviews View
  4. Aida's Chicken Bacolod
    4.5 Stars
    Filipino
    35 Reviews View
  5. Calea Pastries and Coffee
    5.0 Stars
    Café
    29 Reviews View
  6. Casa Verde
    4.5 Stars
    American
    110 Reviews View
  7. Rico's Lechon
    4.5 Stars
    Filipino
    48 Reviews View
  8. Maya Mexican Restaurant
    4.5 Stars
    Mexican
    28 Reviews View
  9. STK ta Bay! Sa Paolito's Seafood House
    4.5 Stars
    Filipino
    53 Reviews View
  10. Phat Pho
    4.5 Stars
    Vietnamese
    29 Reviews View

Top Rated Hotels in Cebu Browse All

  1. Shangri-La Mactan Resort & Spa
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    52 Reviews View
  2. Movenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    47 Reviews View
  3. The Bellevue Resort
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    32 Reviews View
  4. Panglao Island Nature Resort
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    15 Reviews View
  5. Anika Island Resort
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    15 Reviews View
  6. Crimson Resort and Spa
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    33 Reviews View
  7. JPark Island Resort and Waterpark
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    14 Reviews View
  8. The Henry Cebu
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    13 Reviews View
  9. Bohol Beach Club
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    9 Reviews View
  10. Crown Regency Hotel & Towers Cebu
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    28 Reviews View

Top Rated Tourist Attractions in Cebu Browse All

  1. Oslob Whale Shark Watching
    4.5 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    40 Reviews View
  2. The Ruins
    4.5 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    42 Reviews View
  3. Chocolate Hills
    4.5 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    47 Reviews View
  4. Magellan’s Cross
    4.5 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    24 Reviews View
  5. Loboc River Cruise and Floating Restaurant
    4.0 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    30 Reviews View
  6. Tops
    4.5 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    11 Reviews View
  7. Simply Butterflies Conservation Center
    4.5 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    10 Reviews View
  8. Bohol Tarsier Conservation Area
    4.0 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    20 Reviews View
  9. Cebu Taoist Temple
    4.0 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    14 Reviews View
  10. Loboc Hanging Bridge
    4.5 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    7 Reviews View

Top Rated Places in Cebu Browse All

  1. Calea Pastries and Coffee
    4.5 Stars
    Café
    92 Reviews View
  2. Shangri-La Mactan Resort & Spa
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    52 Reviews View
  3. Casa Verde
    4.5 Stars
    American
    49 Reviews View
  4. Bohol Bee Farm
    4.5 Stars
    Vegetarian
    62 Reviews View
  5. Tumalog Falls
    5.0 Stars
    Great Outdoors
    31 Reviews View
  6. Oslob Whale Shark Watching
    4.5 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    40 Reviews View
  7. Aida's Chicken Bacolod
    4.5 Stars
    Filipino
    35 Reviews View
  8. Calea Pastries and Coffee
    5.0 Stars
    Café
    29 Reviews View
  9. Casa Verde
    4.5 Stars
    American
    110 Reviews View
  10. The Ruins
    4.5 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    42 Reviews View

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