Iloilo

Iloilo

Warm smiles and cheery welcomes are among the first few things you’ll encounter in Iloilo, whose people are said to be some of the sweetest in the country. Home to the country’s famed “City of Love,” Iloilo’s old world charm, delicious cuisine, natural wonders, and kind locals will have you falling in love with the province in no time.

Begin your journey in the “City of Love” itself, Iloilo City. Go on a sightseeing tour of the provincial capital’s historical Spanish-era churches, starting with the Miag-ao Church, one of the “Baroque Churches of the Philippines.” This UNESCO World Heritage Site is famous for its stunning colonial architecture and intricately carved facade.

Take a walk along Iloilo City’s heritage street, Calle Real, where you’ll find a stretch of buildings dating back to the 1930’s and 40’s. From here, you can make your way towards Plaza Libertad, where the flag of the First Philippine Republic was raised after Spain surrendered Iloilo in 1898.

Venture outside of Iloilo City and and continue your heritage tour around the entire province. Head over to central Iloilo for a visit to the Santa Barbara Church and Convent, whose yellow sandstone walls once housed the revolutionary forces against Spain. Other interesting stopovers are the 400-year-old Guimbal Church, the Latin-American Tigbauan Church, and the San Joaquin Church, which is famous for its “militaristic facade.”

Once you’re done touring Iloilo’s historical landmarks, make your way to the province’s northern countrysides, where you’ll find the scenic seascapes of Concepcion and Gigantes. Go island hopping around Concepcion’s 16 islets and enchanting, coral-filled waters. Sink your toes into the white sands of Guimaras Island and feast on its waters’ bountiful seafood offerings.

Travel to Iloilo’s southern coast and you’ll be greeted by the peaceful gray sand beaches of Miagao, Guimbal, Tigbauan, and Oton. Along San Joaquin’s coastline you’ll find several marine sanctuaries preserving the rich biodiversity of the area’s stunning azure waters.

Trekkers and adventure-lovers will also enjoy exploring the wonders of Iloilo’s cool highlands. Take the challenging trek up to Leon, where you’ll find the verdant rice terraces and towering pine trees of Barangay Bucari tucked within the mountains.

One famous trekking destination you shouldn’t miss is the majestic Nadsadjan Falls in Igbaras. At the end of its boulder-dotted trail you’ll find crystalline waters gushing into a huge natural basin. Visitors can also conquer Mt. Napulak, Igbaras’ highest mountain, and marvel at the breathtaking 360-degree view of Iloilo and Antique.

Other must-see places include the secret jungle of Pawikan Cave and the rich mangrove forest of Barangay Pedada in Ajuy. Brave the steep limestone cliffs of Isla Gigantes del Sur and you’ll discover Tangke Lagoon, a natural saltwater pool hidden behind the island’s rock formations.

Complete your Iloilo experience by munching on some biscocho (baked bread topped with butter and sugar), pancit molo (dumpling soup), batchoy (pork noodle soup), and dishes made with the freshest seafood during your stay. Whether it’s in a restaurant or a small eatery by the shore, the people of Ilocos are sure to greet you with a joyful “ka-on ta!,” or, “let’s eat!”

Top Rated Restaurants in Iloilo Browse All

  1. Calea Pastries and Coffee
    4.5 Stars
    Café
    92 Reviews View
  2. Aida's Chicken Bacolod
    4.5 Stars
    Filipino
    35 Reviews View
  3. Calea Pastries and Coffee
    5.0 Stars
    Café
    29 Reviews View
  4. Tatoy's Manokan and Seafoods Restaurant
    4.5 Stars
    Seafood
    25 Reviews View
  5. Pendy's Snack Bar and Restaurant
    4.5 Stars
    Filipino
    26 Reviews View
  6. Breakthrough Restaurant
    4.5 Stars
    Seafood
    32 Reviews View
  7. 21 Restaurant
    4.5 Stars
    Filipino
    38 Reviews View
  8. Byron's Backribs Grille & Co.
    4.5 Stars
    BBQ Joint
    16 Reviews View
  9. Aboy's Restaurant
    4.5 Stars
    Filipino
    17 Reviews View
  10. Felicia's Pastry Café and Steak Room
    4.5 Stars
    Dessert
    31 Reviews View

Top Rated Hotels in Iloilo Browse All

  1. Avenue Suites
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    9 Reviews View
  2. Mambukal Mountain Resort
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    9 Reviews View
  3. Gigantes Hideaway Tourist Inn
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    4 Reviews View
  4. Smallville 21
    4.0 Stars
    Hotel
    10 Reviews View
  5. Campuestohan Highland Resort
    4.0 Stars
    Hotel
    5 Reviews View
  6. Injap Tower Hotel
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    3 Reviews View
  7. L'Fisher Hotel
    3.5 Stars
    Hotel
    14 Reviews View
  8. Richmond Inn
    4.0 Stars
    Hotel
    6 Reviews View
  9. Iloilo Midtown Hotel
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    4 Reviews View
  10. Pleasant Travelers Pension House
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    2 Reviews View

Top Rated Tourist Attractions in Iloilo Browse All

  1. The Ruins
    4.5 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    42 Reviews View
  2. Islas de Gigantes
    5.0 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    6 Reviews View
  3. Gaston Mansion Ancestral House
    5.0 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    1 Review View
  4. Peñalosa Farm
    5.0 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    1 Review View
  5. Trappist Monastery
    3.5 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    2 Reviews View

Top Rated Places in Iloilo Browse All

  1. Calea Pastries and Coffee
    4.5 Stars
    Café
    92 Reviews View
  2. Aida's Chicken Bacolod
    4.5 Stars
    Filipino
    35 Reviews View
  3. Calea Pastries and Coffee
    5.0 Stars
    Café
    29 Reviews View
  4. The Ruins
    4.5 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    42 Reviews View
  5. Tatoy's Manokan and Seafoods Restaurant
    4.5 Stars
    Seafood
    25 Reviews View
  6. Pendy's Snack Bar and Restaurant
    4.5 Stars
    Filipino
    26 Reviews View
  7. Breakthrough Restaurant
    4.5 Stars
    Seafood
    32 Reviews View
  8. 21 Restaurant
    4.5 Stars
    Filipino
    38 Reviews View
  9. Byron's Backribs Grille & Co.
    4.5 Stars
    BBQ Joint
    16 Reviews View
  10. Aboy's Restaurant
    4.5 Stars
    Filipino
    17 Reviews View

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