What to see in Cebu

Cebu Attractions

Cebu is the oldest city in the Philippines and there are a number of interesting colonial buildings and historical attractions for tourists to discover. Some of the most popular sightseeing stops are the Basilica Minore de Santo Nino, which houses the oldest religious relic in the Philippines; the fascinating Casa Gorordo Museum, a restored 19th-century Filipino home; Fort San Pedro, the old coastal Spanish fortress; the Yap Sandiego Ancestral House, a living museum dating back to the Spanish colonial era; Jesuit House Museum, built in 1730; and the ornate Taoist Temple.

Of course, Cebu is most renowned for the magnificent beaches in the region, and sightseeing is only possible if travellers manage to drag themselves off the white beaches and out of the colourful underwater world which attracts so many scuba divers and snorkellers. Mactan Island, Olango Island and Kansatik are all easily accessible from the city and the area is bursting with paradise islands.

Cebu is the gateway to a stunning region of the Philippines. Popular travel destinations in the region include: Bohol Island, to the southeast of the city, where tourists flock to see the remarkable Chocolate Hills and Tarsier monkeys (one of the world's smallest primates); and Oslob, a small village on the southern tip of the island, where travellers can experience swimming with whale sharks.

Basilica Minore de Santo Nino

The oldest religious relic in the Philippines, an icon of the infant Jesus, is housed in the Basilica Minore de Santo Niño (Basilica of the Holy Child). The icon has miraculously survived fire…

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Numerous islets and beaches are connected to, or easily accessed from, the Cebu metropolitan area and can make for some exciting day trips and excursions. Mactan Island is linked to Cebu City by a…

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The island province of Bohol is one of the loveliest in the Visayas group, and lies southeast of the city of Cebu. It has plenty to offer in the form of historical and natural attractions: the world's…

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Casa Gorordo Museum

The Casa Gorordo Museum was originally the home of the first Filipino Bishop of Cebu. Four generations of the Gorordo family lived in the house between 1863 and 1979. It is now restored and serves…

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Fort San Pedro

Fort San Pedro, located in Cebu City's wharf area, was the nucleus of the first Spanish settlement in the country. It began as a single triangular bastion, built in 1565, and was expanded and fortified…

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Jumalon Museum

Located in the Basak district, this private museum, art gallery and miniature nature reserve was created by late lepidopterist, Professor Julian Jumalon, and houses his impressive butterfly collection…

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The Chocolate Hills

The Chocolate Hills are the most famous tourist attraction of the Filipino province of Bohol and a regular feature on lists of the top 10 things to see in the Philippines. The area known as the Chocolate…

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