" Vigan City: UNESCO World Heritage Travel Gem "

"See, Live Or Invest In This Must See Historic City"

Vigan City
meets your vintage travel gauge. It lends you the golden, historical marks of a global legacy. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it fulfills.

It can meet your simple-to-elegant wants for a place to see, live or invest in. Its heritage village of 16th-19th century structures enthralls.


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Map and Weather

Three rivers surround Vigan… Abra river, Mestizo river and Govantes river. It’s an island!

November-April is hot. May-October is rainy. Temperature range =21°C-30.9°C.

Brief History

Vigan’s ancient name was Samtoy… a trading settlement. Japanese, Chinese and Malayan traders frequented it for the gold, beeswax and other products from the Cordilleras.

In 1572, Juan de Salcedo reconnoitered Samtoy as a future Spanish center of influence in northern Luzon. In 1574, he subjugated for Spain and called it Ciudad Fernandina de Vigan.

In 2001, Vigan achieved cityhood. Governance emanates from here…

Vigan City Hall
Vigan City City hallImage by: myspace.com

Vigan also sits the…

Ilocos Sur Provincial Capitol
City hallImage by: adventurousfeet.com


Vigan has this annual festival preceding the Flores de Mayo.

Viva Vigan "Binatbatan" Festival of the Arts
City hallImage by: skyscrapercity.com

Getting There And Moving Around

Fly in to Manila. Take a 1-hour local flight to Laoag International Airport in Laoag City. Then take a 1.5-hour bus drive to Vigan City at $3.75 (P150) fare.

You can also take a 10-hour bus drive over the 408-kilometer picturesque Manila-Vigan stretch. Fare 1-way = $16.25-18.75 (P650-750).

When moving around Vigan, these are common…

Vigan Kalesa
Vigan KalesaImage by: skyscrapercity.com

This too…

Vigan Tricycle
Vigan TricycleImage by: anneandmonica.blogspot.com

And this for the long haul…

Partas Bus
Partas bus

Sightseeing and Adventures

Start your Vigan tour at the entrance to the Vigan Heritage Village. Right here...

Leona Florentino House and Monument
Leona Florentino house Image by: skyscrapercity.com

Then wander into this enthralling street…

Calle Crisologo
Calle Crisologo

Promenade at…

Plaza Burgos
Plaza Burgos

Promenade at…

Plaza Salcedo
Plaza Salcedo

See this enclave south of Calle Crisologo, a 15-minute tricycle ride…

Baluarte Zoo

Of the Singson’s
Baluarte2Image by: vivisrandomramblings.com

The landscape of the zoo envigorates…

Of Bonzais and Ponds
Baluarte landscapeImage by: google images

Next, whisk to this gem, just 5 minutes from Baluarte…

Hidden Garden Vigan
Hidden Garden

This garden has a restaurant where you can have your lunch…

Lilong at Lilang Coffee Shop
Garden restaurantImage by: triptoeing.com

It speaks more…

I’m Green Penguin on the Rocks
Bonzai trimmingsImage by: voxph.com

Next, visit the potteries at Barangay Pagburnayan…

Pagburnayan Jars
Pagburnayan jarsImage by: lnbvigan.com

Lots of Jars
Pagburnayan jars2Image by: trekearth.com

Motley of Jars
Pagburnayan jars3Image by: skyscrapercity.com

Just by this method…

Pottery Sans Power Machines
Pagburnayan jars4Image by: flickrhivemind.net

Next, see this park near the jar factories…

Mira Hills Fil-Spanish Friendship Park
Mira Hills Fil-Spanish friendship park

Then see Vigan beach, a 30-minute tricycle or kalesa ride from the town proper.

Playa De Oro Hotel and Resort
Playa de oro hotel and resort

Look into the sea which is really a stretch of blue starting from Zambales up to Ilocos Norte. Feel the rough seas and strong winds of Mindoro Beach.

Mindoro Beach
Mindoro beach

Then switch to this 45-minute Mestizo River tour (cruise rate=$2.50)…

Vigan Heritage River Cruise
Vigan river cruiseImage by: golflifestyleasia.blogspot.com

Next, go to…

Museums, Schools and Churches

Buridek Children's Museum
Buridek Children MuseumImage by: thesoulexplorer.blogspot.com

Crisologo Museum
Crisologo museumImage by: worldwanderings.net

Padre Burgos Museum
Padre Burgoz museum

Museo San Pablo
Museo San Pablo

Syquia Mansion and Museum
Sequia mansion and museumImage by: psychosanctom.com

Museo de Nueva Segovia
Sequia mansion and museumImage by: lakbaypinas.ph

Magsingal Museum
Magsinal museum

Done with antiquity? Visit schools next.


University of Northern Philippines
University of Northern Philippines
Image by: skyscrapercity.com

Divine Word College Vigan
Divine Word College-Vigan

Done with schools? It’s time to pray. See this church built in 1574 and rebuilt in 1641 after an earthquake…

St. Paul Cathedral
St Paul cathedral

See where priests and bishops live… built in 1525.

Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia
 Bishops and priests quarters

BTW, don’t miss this heritage ride ($3.75/hour)…

Kalesa Ride
Kalesa ride
Image by: wallofjoel.blogspot.com

Not yet tired? You’re ready for…


Pick your buy at...

Calle Crisologo

You’ll find these native enticing souvenirs…

Woven Bags
Woven bags
Image by:

Mixed Native Prodducts
Mixed native items

Or go where the prices are not ‘tourist’…

Vigan Public Market
Mixed native items

Why not buy some delicacies here…

Marsha’s Delicacies
Marsha delicacies
Image by: coffehan.blogspot.com

This is real exotic (3 pcs=$2.5)…


Pick any of these?

Ilocos Wines
Ilocos wine

After sightseeing and adventuring, you deserve a
$12.50 massage…

La Mirada Spa & Restaurant
La Mirada spa and resto

For the episode next...

Vigan Nightlife

It’s laid back here… different atmosphere to enjoy. Drift here…

Calle Crisologo at Night
Calle Crisologo at night

Jampacked Calle Crisologo at Night
Calle Crisologo at night2
Image by: travelthephilippineislands.blogspot.com

Stroll here…

Plaza Salcedo at Night
Plaza Salcedo at night

Try street dining here…

Plaza Burgoz at Night
Plaza Burgos at night

Eat or drink here…

Café Leona at Night
Café Leona

Eat or drink here…

Legacy Superclub
 Legacy superclub
Image by: skyscrapercity.com

Lodging and Restaurants


Vigan accommodations are largely ancestral houses converted into hotels.

Try this $40-60 bed & breakfast villa, at #26 Quirino Blvd…

Villa Angela Heritage House(5 Star)
Villa Angela
Image by: eazytraveler.com

And this $26.25 bed & breakfast at Calle Crisologo…

Cordillera Inn
Cordillera inn
Image by: annzventures.com

Or this 21-room $52.85 bed & breakfast at V. De Los Reyes St. cor. Salcedo St.…

Gordion Hotel
Cordillera inn
Image by: biyahilo.privateshelter.com

Or this $73 bed & breakfast hotel at Calle Crisologo…

Vigan Plaza Hotel
Entrance vigan hotel


At $8-15, Vigan restaurants give you fill.

Like this…

Cafe Uno
Café uno
Image by: voxph.com

Or this…

Bistro Amarillo of Hotel Salcedo De Vigan
Bistro amarilloImage by: feverip-food-fever.blogspot.com

Or Hidden Garden’s…

Lilong at Lilang Coffee Shop
Lilong at Lilong coffee shopImage by: skyscrapercity.com

Whichever resto you choose, try…

Vigan Bagnet
Vigan bagnet

And this…

Vigan Empanada
Vigan bagnetImage by: filipinofoodstore.com

Live and Invest in Vigan City


  • Choose a residence with extraordinary privacy, exclusivity, security and near business campuses and retail centers.
  • Vigan real estate is very affordable.
  • There’s no language barrier.
  • Ever smiling English-speaking, friendly Filipinos.
  • Live “comfortably” on $800-$1,200 per month.
  • $200-300 monthly rent for two-bedroom apartments or bungalows.
  • Inexpensive private health care.
  • Over 50-year olders with $800 monthly pension can obtain permanent residency.
  • Tax-exempt pensions and annuities.
  • Retirement options for the over-35s.
  • Doing business in Vigan is 30-40% cheaper than Manila’s.

Additional Interest

See this attraction nearby, a 15-minute tricycle ride away from Calle Crisologo…

Bantay Shrine and Bell Tower
bantay shrine and bell towerImage by: voxph.com

Wrap Up

Vigan City matches your travel desires. It can meet your gauge for a place to see, live or invest in.

Its attractions are mostly concentrated in the Heritage Village.

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