Ilocos Norte

Ilocos Norte

Ilocos Norte may not be the nearest of destinations from the metro but its rich local heritage, natural wonders, and delicious Ilocano cuisine make it well worth the trip. So if you’re itching to get away from the city, the enchanting northwest corner of Luzon is definitely a good place to visit.

Kickstart your adventure by exploring Ilocos Norte’s capital city of Laoag, the hub of everything Ilocano. Learn about the rich history and culture of Ilocos by visiting the Museo Ilocos Norte. Nicknamed Gameng, from the Ilocano word for “treasure,” the museum brings pride to the province by showing its varied ethnicities and cultural heritage.

Laoag is also home to famous Spanish-era structures like the Sinking Bell Tower and the Tobacco Monopoly Monument, which was erected by the Ilocanos in 1882 to celebrate their freedom from the Spanish tobacco monopoly. Adventurous travelers can also ride a 4×4 or go sand boarding around the La Paz Sand Dunes in Laoag.

Less than an hour away from Laoag, you’ll find the famous Paoay Church. This UNESCO World Heritage Site and popular wedding venue is truly a sight to behold with its Spanish-era Baroque architecture and coral stone walls.

If it’s beaches you’re looking for, the coastal province of Ilocos Norte has a lot to offer. Check out the brown sands of Currimao for a different kind of beach experience. And for the ultimate Ilocos Norte beach experience, head to the famous white sand beaches in Pagudpud.

Don’t forget to stop by the Bangui Wind Farm on your way to Pagudpud. Here, by the shores of Bangui Bay, stands a row of majestic 50-meter-tall windmills that power 40% of Ilocos Norte’s electricity with sustainable energy.

Another essential stopover along the way is the municipality of Burgos, where you’ll find the century-old Cape Bojeador Lighthouse. After climbing the lighthouse, take a horseback ride up to the shining white Kapurpurawan Rock Formation along the shores of Kapurpurawan beach.

Once you reach Pagudpud, head towards the breathtaking white sands of Saud Beach or the peaceful, secluded shores of Blue Lagoon. Aside from beach-bumming, visitors can also watch the colorful sea creatures swimming around the Dos Hermanos Islets, visit the enchanting Kabigan and Saguigui Falls, or marvel at the Bantay Abot Caves and Timmangtang Rock.

Go on a culinary tour while sightseeing around Ilocos Norte and try Herencia Café’s signature longganisa (local sausage) and pinakbet (vegetables stewed in fish sauce) pizzas. You can also sample other local dishes like imbaliktad (Ilokano stir-fry beef), kilawen nga kalding (goat ceviche), sarabasab (roasted pork), and seaweed salad.

You can also grab a refreshing buko (young coconut) shake at the popular Kangkang’s Windmill Cafe. Snap a selfie while you’re at it, because the cafe’s location by the Bangui Windmills makes it the perfect place for that signature Ilocos Norte traveler photo-op.

Top Rated Restaurants in Ilocos Norte Browse All

  1. Saramsam Ylocano Restaurant
    4.5 Stars
    Filipino
    42 Reviews View
  2. Herencia Cafe Restaurant
    4.0 Stars
    Filipino
    46 Reviews View
  3. La Preciosa
    4.0 Stars
    Filipino
    37 Reviews View
  4. Greenwich
    4.5 Stars
    Pizza
    6 Reviews View
  5. Bergblick Deutsches
    4.0 Stars
    Eastern European
    12 Reviews View
  6. Johnny Moon Café
    4.0 Stars
    Filipino
    9 Reviews View
  7. Macy's Diner
    4.0 Stars
    International
    10 Reviews View
  8. Kookee
    4.5 Stars
    Filipino
    3 Reviews View
  9. Glomy's Empanada
    4.5 Stars
    Filipino
    3 Reviews View
  10. Eagle's Nest Bar & Restaurant
    4.5 Stars
    International
    3 Reviews View

Top Rated Hotels in Ilocos Norte Browse All

  1. Fort Ilocandia Resort and Casino
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    21 Reviews View
  2. Kapuluan Vista Resort
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    11 Reviews View
  3. Playa Tropical
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    7 Reviews View
  4. Hannah's Beach Resort and Convention Center
    4.0 Stars
    Hotel
    23 Reviews View
  5. Java Hotel
    4.0 Stars
    Hotel
    9 Reviews View
  6. Saud Beach Resort
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    4 Reviews View
  7. AA Travellers Pad Hotel
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    3 Reviews View
  8. Plaza del Norte Hotel and Convention Center
    4.0 Stars
    Hotel
    5 Reviews View
  9. Ziur Inn
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    2 Reviews View
  10. Evangeline Beach Resort
    4.0 Stars
    Hotel
    4 Reviews View

Top Rated Places in Ilocos Norte Browse All

  1. Paoay Sand Dunes
    5.0 Stars
    Great Outdoors
    37 Reviews View
  2. Bangui Windmills
    4.5 Stars
    Landmarks
    53 Reviews View
  3. Paoay Church
    5.0 Stars
    Historical Site
    26 Reviews View
  4. Kapurpurawan Rock Formation
    4.5 Stars
    Great Outdoors
    46 Reviews View
  5. Saramsam Ylocano Restaurant
    4.5 Stars
    Filipino
    42 Reviews View
  6. Herencia Cafe Restaurant
    4.0 Stars
    Filipino
    46 Reviews View
  7. Fort Ilocandia Resort and Casino
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    21 Reviews View
  8. Patapat Viaduct
    4.5 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    15 Reviews View
  9. La Preciosa
    4.0 Stars
    Filipino
    37 Reviews View
  10. Kapuluan Vista Resort
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    11 Reviews View

Popular Areas in Ilocos Norte

  1. Laoag

    Laoag

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  2. Pagudpud

    Pagudpud

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  3. Paoay

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  4. Batac

    Batac

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  5. Currimao

    Currimao

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