Welcome to Cebu, Philippines
Cebu is the Gateway to a Thousand Journeys, a traveller’s fantasy of a tropical island come true. Cebu has blossomed into a choice tourist destination, with many leisure establishments taking full advantage of its sea-valley-and-mountain location.
Metropolitan Cebu, the country’s second-biggest metropolis, is the political, economic, educational and cultural centre of the Visayas. The rest of Cebu’s 166 islands and islets are fringed with sandy beaches and sapphire-clear waters teeming with marine life, perfect for divers.
Things to See
See the first-ever terraced flower garden at Terrazas De Flores which is located in Busay, Cebu. Be mesmerized by the jaw-dropping beauty and remarkable floral arrangements. The garden has soothing fresh mountain air and a sleek café where you can get sumptuous snacks.
The Monument of Undying Love, Temple of Leah, is a temple built out of Love. It serves as a symbol of a Great Love of a Husband to his very loving Wife. With its intricate sculptures, wondrous floor design and high pillars, you will feel like you are being transported into a European haven. What’s more, it offers outstanding overlooking panoramic views of Cebu City.
3) 10,000 Roses
10,000 Roses is undeniably the most popular and most sought-after Korean café in Cebu today. These artificial, LED-powered roses, are very beautiful, especially when it lights up in the evening. You can just soak up its magical and extraordinary ambience.
The Oldest Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines. The Church and Convent of Santo Niño were declared a National Historic Landmark in 1941. On Sundays and Fridays, the street outside the church is closed to vehicular traffic, all-day outdoor masses are held and the basilica turns into a sea of pilgrims, water sellers and replica Santo Niño salespeople.
Celosia Flower Farm is situated in the mountainous part of Barangay Sirao, Cebu, an hour travel from Cebu City. This farm is also being called the “Little Amsterdam” in Cebu. The place is lively with the vibrant colours produced by celosia flowers. The entrance fee is PHP 30.00 pesos per person. Be wowed by the fiery medley of blooms at the Celosia Flower Farm in Sirao.
Taboan Public Market offers the best deals for seafood delights. Cebu is popular for the best Danggit, dried salted fish typically fried and served together with rice and vinegar, and the best place to find the Danggit at reasonable prices is at the Taboan Public Market. While the more popular product sold at the market is the Danggit, travellers can find a number of other Cebuano delicacies, including Dried Mangoes and Otap. A trip to Cebu seems incomplete without visiting the Taboan Public Market.
The Carbon Market is vibrant and supremely colourful, where you can buy fresh vegetables and fruits, as well as cheap clothes, handicrafts, shoes, toys and more. Here, not only will you get good deals on products and items, but you will also get a chance to savour exotic Filipino culinary treats, such as Balut and Isaw.
Things to Do
The residents of Cebu City are blessed to have a 752m Mountain with a breathtaking view that they can climb in the morning and reach the peak at lunchtime. Lace up your hiking boots, and go for a slightly challenging hike up Mount Babag, a playground for seasoned mountaineers in Cebu. It is ideal for beginners who want to stretch their muscles while enjoying the beauty of nature.
Sirao Peak is very accessible via numerous trails going to the summit. Pitch a tent and see the Metro Cebu glitter from the summit at night. Sirao Peak is also a perfect mountain for beginners that would like a hiking activity. It takes 2 to 5 hours to reach the top.
For those who are looking for an extra dose of adventure within the city, make your way to the top of Crown Regency Hotel and try their spine-tingling activities like the Vertical Climb, Urban Zipline, and Coaster. This is the best way to test and overcome your fear of heights. The 38-storey hotel tower has a height-defying amusement facility located right in the heart of Cebu.
Cebu City, the second largest city in the Philippines, as well as the capital of Cebu, is also not only the oldest settlement of the Philippines (established by the Spaniards) but the centre of commerce, trade, education and industry in the Visayas. Cebu City is politically subdivided into 80 barangays.
Many people come to Cebu City because they fly into Mactan International airport.
In Cebu City travellers often start their trip to some of the best places on the Philippines like Malapascua Island which is famous for the treasure sharks and well known by divers; Moalboal, another great place for diving or Bantayan island, an amazing island loved by many tourists. From Cebu, it is pretty easy to reach islands like Leyte, Bohol or Negros too.
Cebu City itself is pretty loud, polluted and can get extremely hot. You can find great restaurants, do some shopping in one of the malls or get to see some good live bands. Like in every bigger city you will need more money than in other places in the Philippines. If you go out for food to the nice places of Cebu like Ayala mall or the IT-Park you have to spend between PHP 300 and 500 pesos for a meal.