Top 10 Places to Visit in Ilocos

By on August 31, 2014

Ilocos Norte is located in the Northwest corner of Luzon bordering Apayao & Cagayan to the east and Ilocos Sur & Abra to the west.  Ilocos Norte offers a unique adventure to those who crave for fun, excitement and ecstatic experience.

10. The Patapat Viaduct. The Patapat Viaduct is the 4th longest bridge in the Philippines that connects the Maharlika Highway from Laoag to Cagayan Valley Region. It is a 1,300-meter concrete coastal bridge with an elevation of 31 meters over sea level. The scenery from this vantage point is breathtaking and you will definitely be enthralled by the views and the landscape around. It’s a perfect place to have some photo opportunity. Vehicles seems to be nonexistent so you can take some photos even in the middle of the road.

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9. Marcos Museum & Mausoleum. This place displays political doings and achievements of President Ferdinand Marcos. Here, you can see the preserved body of the late President. It is rich in history and pictures of Marcos’ glory days.


8. Bantay Abot Cave. Getting to this hole of a cave is quite a bit of a challenge because you need to get down from the highway and trek through the rocks. Find a perfect angle to aim your camera so that the foreground is the water & the rocks while the background is the green scenery and the mountain. Perfect Photo! If you go with with a guide, ask him to tell you the story of the cave to make everything more interesting.

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7. Calle Crisologo in Vigan. The place will take you back to the Spanish colonial era. Old structures still stand today making it the most famous place to visit in Ilocos Sur. Check out hotel accommodation in Vigan City HERE.

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6. Blue Lagoon A perfect place to dip for a swim. There are numerous cottages and you’ll be surprise by the number of local and foreign tourist visiting here. The blue lagoon is a white sand beach and a light blue water.

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5. Kapurpurawan Rock Formation. It is a must-see sight and one of the best that Ilocos can offer. With its amazing views, it will simply take your breath away. You will be amazing by these rock formation and imagine how they were made. It should be in your Ilocos Norte Itinerary.

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4. St. Agustine’s Church. The structure of this church is fantastic. The church reveals our history as it stands strong amids past earthquake and natural calamities.

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3. Baluarte. The Baluarte  is owned by Chavit Singson and open to the public for FREE.


2. Bagui Windmills I always like the view from this angle. ilocos norte 7

1. Paoay Sand Dunes is a must-try experience if you are heading north. Take a bumpy ride in a 4×4 jeep and enjoy the famous sand boarding. It may be too hot around 10am to 4pm so if you don’t want to get toasted avoid going there around that hours. ilocos norte 13

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ilocos norte12Althea, many thanks for the pictures 🙂

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