Want some educational trip? For those who like histories vigan is one of the finest historical place. The beauty of the past is preserved just for you…..
Vigan is a city in the Philippines, on the west coast of Luzon island. It’s known for its preserved Spanish colonial and Asian architecture. Calle Crisologo dominates the Mestizo district, with its cobblestone streets, malecón, horse-drawn carriages and rustic mansions. Near the white baroque Vigan Cathedral are Plaza Salcedo, offering fountain light shows, and Plaza Burgos, known for its street-food stalls.
BANTAY BELL TOWER —–> served as a watchtower for centuries, protecting against pirates and robbers since 1591. The Neo-Gothic tower stands out with its vibrant red brick color and use of clay. The Breathtaking stairs will lead you to the tower to see the view of the city.
As you can see the Bell there has words that are written for decades.The bell is used to alarm the village in case of emergency. The fresh air above is nice but you have to be careful because some of the foundation due to the age isn’t good enough to accommodate few people upstairs.
Honestly what i liked the most is the local people here. The food are good and some hotels are preserved Spanish style houses. You will really feel the difference of the culture compare to other parts of the Philippines. I truly recommend this place to the backpackers who love histories.
How to get there?
Vigan is at least eight (9) hours of land travel from Manila with bus stop in the other terminal heading to north. Several bus lines serve the route including Partas (Contact No: 725-1740, 725-1256, 725-7303, 724-9820), Dominion Bus, Aniceto Bus and Viron Transit that travel directly daily. Meanwhile, Florida Bus Line (Contact No: 731-4473, 781-5894), Baliwag (Contact No: 524-7111, 525-1067, 525-3064, 525-6769, 525-2338, 525-2294), Fariñas (Contact No: 743-8582), Maria De Leon Bus Lines, RCJ Bus Lines and F. Franco Transit have daily trips to Laoag, passing by Vigan. The trip is via North Luzon Expressway and Manila North Road passing through the provinces of Bulacan, Pampanga, Tarlac, Pangasinan and La Union.