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There is a plethora of things to do when you visit the Queen City of the South. From its pristine beaches to urban crawls, you will never run out of things to do in Cebu City. But with so many choices presented right in front of you, how will you make the final decision of what places to see and what things to do?
To give you a hand, we’ve compiled a list of popular tourist destinations in Cebu City that you should check out while you’re in town.
Oslob. If you’re more of the adventurous type, located in the South of Cebu is Oslob, a town famous for its close proximity to the whale sharks. In Oslob, you have the chance to watch the whale sharks, and for the more thrill seeking types, swim with them.
If the thought of swimming with the whale sharks leaves you feeling wary, there are other things to do in the town. From the Tumalog Falls to seeing the more historical sites such as the Cuartel and the Baluarte Ruins, there is something for everyone in Oslob.
10,000 Roses Café in Cordova, Cebu. Although fairly recent in its popularity, the 10,000 Roses Café made quite a buzz on social media when they opened their doors in early 2017. Famous for their 10,000 artificial, LED lit roses, people have been taking the time to go out of their way to visit the café despite it being a significant distance from the main city.
The best time to visit this unique attraction would be sometime between dusk and evening so that you and your loved ones can enjoy the full beauty of the roses.
Tops Lookout. Enjoy a full panoramic view of Cebu in Tops Lookout. Located about 2000 meters above sea level, The Tops is the perfect place to enjoy a full view of the entire city of Cebu. Best seen at night to admire the city lights and stars, Tops is a great place to hang out with your friends and loved ones. You can enjoy a snack or a meal from any of the food stalls located there while taking in the view.
To get there, you can go the safe route and flag down a taxi or hire a private car to take you to the top. If you’re in the mood for a little risk, there is a large number of motorbikes at the base of the mountain available for hire to take you to the top. The thrill of going up the mountain with the cold air whipping at your face is incomparable.
Magellan’s Cross. One of Cebu’s iconic attractions, Magellan’s Cross is a must see when visiting the Queen City of the South. When Ferdinand Magellan came to Cebu City in 1521 as the first European to set foot on Filipino soil, he planted a cross to commemorate the event.
Because of its age, it has been said that the original cross is encased in another wooden cross for protection, especially when people began chipping away at it because of the belief that it contained healing properties.
The Cebu Taoist Temple. While this particular destination is not exactly a tourist spot, a lot of people are interested in visiting this particular location because of its striking architecture, and what it represents. For those who are believers of the faith, they view this site as a kind of pilgrimage, and for those who don’t, they choose to visit it for its aesthetic and the amazing view. When visiting the Taoist Temple, remember to be respectful and to maintain silence, as there are people who visit the temple for religious purposes.
This is only the tip of the iceberg of things to see when in Cebu City, but these destinations are excellent places to start your tour of the city.
From the budget friendly to the extravagant, dating in Cebu is sure to be an event that you’ll never forget. If you’re looking for the right spot to have a date within Cebu, you’ll never run out of options. From restaurants to romantic getaways, here is a short guide to a few of the best date spots that Cebu has to offer you and your significant other.
La Vie Parisienne/ La Maison Rose. If French food and a relaxed ambience is your idea of a perfect date, then head on over to these two restaurants, which are located right next to each other. If you want something more casual like a glass of wine with some delightful pastries, then La Vie Parisienne might be more up your speed. If you’re looking for something a little fancier, La Maison Rose is the place for you.
Chateau de Busay. For those looking to take a break from the bustle of the main city, Chateau de Busay Inn and Restaurant sits atop a hill, offering you a breathtaking view of the city. Offering a variety of continental cuisine that is the farthest thing from being boring and the option to dine al fresco on their veranda so that you can enjoy the sights while on your date, Chateau de Busay is everything you want on a romantic date: good food, good wine, and good company.
Bantayan Island. Sometimes you just want to take a weekend away with your significant other to enjoy each other’s company without getting caught up with work and the city noise. If you’re looking for the perfect romantic getaway in Cebu City, Bantayan Island is the place for you.
Gorgeous white sand beaches and crystal clear waters, this is the perfect place for you and your significant other to get away from the hassle of everyday life. You can go island hopping together, take a tricycle ride around the island, and if you’re looking for an adventurous splurge, go skydiving. There are endless options of things to enjoy on Bantayan Island with your significant other.
As mentioned before, there is no end of things to do in Cebu City. However, you might find yourself at a loss of what to do first. To help you down, we’ve narrowed down a list of things you can get a start on in Cebu City.
See the sights. We’ve provided you with a handy list of sights you can see while in Cebu City, so right now, it’s up to you to choose which ones to take a look at. There is always something to see in Cebu City, from their beautiful beaches to their amazing historical sites.
Eat delicious Cebuano food. While you’re in town, give the local cuisine a try. From the famous Filipino adobo, to the more controversial balut, give your taste buds a food trip they’ll never forget by trying out the different kinds of food that Cebu has to offer.
Check out their fantastic dive spots. There are some great dive spots found across Cebu, not just for deep sea divers, but for snorkelers as well. From seeing the coral reefs to swimming with whale sharks, there is no limit to what you can do in the crystal waters of Cebu.
Try out their public transportation. While you’re here, try out the local public transportation! Get on the back of a habal-habal and see if you can stay on with no hands holding on to the drive like the locals do, or try riding on one of the local jeepneys for a taste of the typical Cebuano’s daily commute.
Immerse yourself in the local history. Cebu City is steeped in history, and there are locations that feature these bits of history all over Cebu. From Magellan’s Cross to Fuerza de San Pedro, there is something for the history buff in you.
Shopping! Enjoy the shopping malls of Ayala and SM, or snag a great deal from Carbon Market. From brand names to affordable quality items, there are no worries about budget constraints when shopping in Cebu.
Enjoy yourself. Most of all, enjoy yourself! You’re in a beautiful city with some of the friendliest and accommodating people you’ll ever meet. Take the time to enjoy every second you spend in Cebu.
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