Spice up your Ilocos trip during the Ber months by visiting these spots!
Image: Vigan City PH Facebook page
Holidays in the Philippines are truly remarkable: you can already feel it as early as September! Many are planning to go on trips to different parts of the country during these times—one of the most popular destinations in the northern part is the Ilocos region! If you’re already planning to see Ilocos tourist spots or arranging your travels for the following months or next year, we have you covered! Below is a list of local places to visit in Ilocos during the Ber months.
Operating Hours:The dancing fountain show starts at 7:00 PM and takes place every 30 minutes.
The Plaza Salcedo dancing fountain is a crowd favorite among tourists and locals.
Image: Rauren Gaco Famador Facebook page
A trip to Ilocos won’t be complete without visiting Vigan City. The city is already beautiful all year, but it becomes more stunning and alive during the Ber months because of the Christmas lights and decorations. There are so many historical and beautiful tourist attractions and tourist destinations in Ilocos, but you should check out Plaza Salcedo, right at the heart of Vigan. It is in front of Saint Paul’s Cathedral and is known for the dancing fountain light show at night.
Ilocos has the perfect tourist destination for adventurous souls if you want to have a fun outdoor vacation: the La Paz Sand Dunes. The Laoag-based attraction is popular amongst groups of friends or families who want to enjoy driving around the panoramic view of Laoag City using a 4X4 car. This one is not for the faint of heart since you’ll be going through slopes! The dunes are also perfect for photo ops by the beach shores.
Who knew heaven was a place on Earth? And it is within Pagudpud’s beautiful beaches!
Image: Evangeline Beach Resort Facebook page
Saud has been regarded as one of the most beautiful beaches globally by a renowned international travel magazine because of its white sand and clear waters. It is home to a long stretch of resorts and beaches perfect for relaxing by the shore. One of these is the Evangeline Beach Resort, a tropical paradise all year long.
This Ilocos tourist spot is excellent because of the stunning landscapes that will welcome you on your visit: the tranquil shores, pristine white sands, blue skies, and clear water. You will undoubtedly feel relaxed by the beach or in their comfy rooms. Check this site, http://www.evangelinebeachresort.net/view.php?id=7, to know their room rates.
Operating hours:Monday to Sunday; 6:00AM to 6:00PM
Kapurpurawan Rock Formation is 1.5 kilometers away from Laoag City.
Image: Edwin Gapongle Amayag Jr. Facebook page
Indeed Ilocos is known mainly for its historical spots, but it is also teeming with natural wonders like the Kapurpurawan Rock Formation. This tourist spot is perfect for Ber months, so you can feel the cold breeze by the shore while marveling at the creamy white limestone formations. Every corner of Kapurpurawan has been formed naturally by natural phenomena over the years! If that doesn’t impress you enough, the rocks are also surrounded by the clear waters of Bangui Bay.
Location:#56 Bulala Centro 2700, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
Monday to Friday, 6:00 AM to 6:30 PM
Saturday to Sunday, 6:00 AM to 6:30 PM
Fees:The food price range is PhP35 to PhP550
Despite its name, Hidden Garden is not so hidden—located within Vigan.
Image: Hidden Garden Vigan-Lilong and Lilang Restaurant Facebook page
Plantitas, you will love this one! Hidden Garden is not only a restaurant that serves fine delicacies, but it is also a tranquil garden with different plants and flowers. You can try unique Ilocano dishes at this tourist destination in Ilocos, like empanada, poqui poqui, Vigan longganisa, bagnet, etc. Its nature-inspired atmosphere is also surrounded by an artificial grotto perfect for holiday photos with your loved ones.
See these Ilocos spots for trips you’ll remem”ber” these Ber months!
Stay safe as you travel! Make sure to follow social distancing protocols and observe health precautions. For now, keep safe!
This article was initially published in Yoorekka on September 14, 2021.
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