Vigan

Where Old Meets New

Travel back in time as you explore Vigan City, also known as the Heritage City of the Philippines. It was named one of the New 7 Wonders Cities in 2015. Cobblestone paths, horse-drawn carriages, and Spanish-designed ancestral homes will transport you to 16th century Philippine setting. Take historical walks and visit the preserved Syquia Mansion or check out the Crisologo Museum or the Elpidio Quirino National Museum, where you’ll see lots of interesting artifacts.

Experience a different culinary treat in Vigan when you try their iconic empanada and longganisa. Head over to Plaza Burgos or the public market where there are many food stalls offering local dishes. Whether you're on a food adventure or a quest to know the Philippines' history, you've got a great start in Vigan.

FAST FACTS


  • Public Transportation

    Tricycles
    Jeepneys
    Kalesa (Horse-drawn carriage)

  • Languages/Dialect

    Ilocano
    Tagalog
    English

  • Payment Options

    Cash

  • Known For

    Calle Crisologo
    Old Spanish houses
    Vigan Longganisa
    Empanada

WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE VISITING


  • The well-known Calle Crisologo is best explored during the the twilight hours to capture its romantic vibe.
  • Enjoy the Longganisa Festival in the month of January. Celebration starts in the middle of the month.
  • The famous Dancing Light show in Plaza Salcedo starts at seven in the evening and lasts for up to 45 minutes. Entrance is free.

BEST TIME TO VISIT VIGAN

While you can explore Vigan year-round, you’ll be able to enjoy more activities if you plan your trip during the dry months of November to April. This is also the time where Vigan’s most spectacular and special festivals occur.

The Vigan Town Fiesta held in January is a week-long happening. Meanwhile, the Viva Vigan Festival of Arts is celebrated in the first week of May. This will help you learn more about its cultural and historical heritage.

  • The well-known Calle Crisologo is best explored during the the twilight hours to capture its romantic vibe.
  • Enjoy the Longganisa Festival in the month of January. Celebration starts in the middle of the month.
  • The famous Dancing Light show in Plaza Salcedo starts at seven in the evening and lasts for up to 45 minutes. Entrance is free.

While you can explore Vigan year-round, you’ll be able to enjoy more activities if you plan your trip during the dry months of November to April. This is also the time where Vigan’s most spectacular and special festivals occur.

The Vigan Town Fiesta held in January is a week-long happening. Meanwhile, the Viva Vigan Festival of Arts is celebrated in the first week of May. This will help you learn more about its cultural and historical heritage.

HOW TO GO TO VIGAN


  • By Air

    The fastest way to go to Vigan is to fly to Laoag International Airport. Currently, only Philippine Airlines fly directly to the area. From the airport, land travel will take about two hours.

  • By Land

    Commuting via land is the cheapest way to go to Vigan. There are several bus companies that travel to the area regularly. You can catch a ride from different bus terminals including Pasay and Cubao. Prepare for a long trip ahead as it may take about seven to ten hours, depending on traffic.

  • By Sea

    There is no port in Vigan.

VIGAN AT A GLIMPSE


WHAT TRAVELERS SAY ABOUT VIGAN