Vigan City © Obra19
Vigan is said to be Asia's best-preserved example of a planned Spanish colonial town. The charming destination ranks among UNESCO's World Heritage Sites for this reason. Visitors will encounter cobblestone streets and buildings that fuse Spanish-Colonial architecture with Filipino and Oriental designs. Its list of attractions include the hugely impressive Baroque-style St Paul's Cathedral, a horse-drawn-carriage ride through the cobbled streets, and the chance to spend a night in one of the grand colonial houses in the city's 'Mestizo' district. Many of the streets are lined with shops selling clothes, trinkets, and souvenirs. January is the best time to visit, as the annual Fiesta celebrations bring parties, beauty contests, variety shows, and a carnivalesque atmosphere to the streets.