Visit Ilocos Sur

Bridge, Santa, Ilocos Sur by Nikki Villanueva

Home of Vigan City and Beautiful Beaches

Ilocos Sur, located on the western coast of Northwestern Luzon in the Philippines, is a province steeped in history and culture. The provincial capital is Vigan City, renowned for its preserved Spanish colonial and Asian architecture.

Ilocos Sur has another city: Candon City and a total of 32 Municipalities.

As part of the Ilocos region, it is bordered by Ilocos Norte to the north, Abra to the northeast, Mountain Province to the east, Benguet to the southeast, La Union to the south, and the South China Sea to the west.

Cultural Heritage:

Vigan City, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is the heart of Ilocos Sur’s charm. Walking through its cobblestone streets, visitors can admire the well-preserved houses that evoke the opulence of the Philippine colonial era. The famous Calle Crisologo is lined with antique shops and quaint boutiques, offering local handicrafts and souvenirs. Horse-drawn carriages called “calesas” offer tours around the city, providing an authentic historical experience.

Cuisine:

The culinary delights of Ilocos Sur are as rich and diverse as its culture. Signature dishes like Vigan longganisa (a type of Filipino sausage), bagnet (crispy-fried pork belly), and pinakbet (a vegetable stew with shrimp paste) reflect the confluence of indigenous, Spanish, and Asian influences. Ilocos Sur is also known for its native desserts, such as bibingka (rice cake) and empanada (stuffed pastry).

Natural Beauty:

Apart from cultural forays, Ilocos Sur offers natural beauty ranging from serene beaches to rugged mountains. Santiago Cove is a scenic beach area that is quite popular among locals and tourists alike for its crystal-clear waters and golden sands. The steep slopes of Tirad Pass present hikers with challenging trails and an important historical site as it was where the famous Battle of Tirad Pass took place during the Philippine-American War.

Festivities:

Festivals are a vital part of life in Ilocos Sur. The Viva Vigan Binatbatan Festival of the Arts celebrates the local arts and crafts, prominently featuring the traditional art of weaving called “inabel.” There are also colorful street parades, calesa parades, and a beauty pageant. Another event, the Longganisa Festival, honors the distinct local sausage with culinary contests, street dancing, and more.

Economy:

While tourism plays a significant role in the province’s economy, Ilocos Sur is also engaged in agriculture, producing tobacco, rice, and corn as its chief crops. The local government actively promotes the preservation of its cultural heritage and sustainable tourism to support economic growth.

To visit Ilocos Sur is to journey back in time and experience the richness of Philippine history, culture, and natural beauty. It is a destination that captivates travelers with its timeless allure and promises a unique and memorable adventure.

Don’t forget to have the right supplies before traveling. Read our blog: What Should You Buy Before Travelling? – Philippine Tourism and Statistics (turistasapilipinas.com)

Waterfall in Ilocos Sur by tripadvisor.com
by Tourism Philippines
by UNESCO

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