For any Cebu adventure first-timer, your planned itinerary is a vital part of how your time in the Queen City of the South will play out
Cebu is a wonderful and majestic place to visit and explore as the city has something to offer everyone— from its historical landmarks, nightlife hotspots, nature tours and its vibrant food scene. Many would say that Cebu is a multiisland destination and each one is best explored one day at a time. There is so much to taste, feel and experience that it could be overwhelming for many. To ensure that you get the best of the city’s offerings, we’ve listed down “musts” when visiting the Queen City of the South.
The Rest Is History
Cebu’s rich history is apparent in its various monuments and regional traditions. Among the many things it’s known for, it’s being the birthplace of Christianity in the Philippines is one of the most meaningful while its eventual transformation into a hub of arts and craftsmanship make it a known player in the global design scene.
Fort San Pedro is known as the smallest outpost in the Philippines. It was built by the Spaniards and indigenous Cebuanos during the Spanish rule in 1738 and was meant to protect the city from Muslim raiders.
Basilica del Santo Niño was built on the spot where the image of Santo Niño de Cebu was found in 1565 led by Miguel Lopez de Legazpi. It is also considered as the oldest Roman Catholic Church in the country.
Magellan’s Cross was put up to commemorate the explorer who brought Christianity to the Philippines, Ferdinand Magellan.
Heritage of Cebu Monument is a tableau of monumental sculptures showcasing the rich history of Cebu from the time of Rajah Humabon to the beatification of Cebuano martyr, Pedro Calungsod.
Cebuanos are known to be the ultimate food lovers and what makes the city interesting is their various delicacies are unique to each town.
Lantaw is a Cebuano term for “can be seen from a distance” because the restaurant is actually floating on top of a body of water which gives its diners a spectacular view of the whole city. It is a go-to for its sumptuous native dishes but is known for its fresh seafood.
Shangri-La Mactan Resort & Spa’s Cowrie Cove is a seafood restaurant that pleases all the senses. From the torch-lit pathway that leads to the al fresco dining area to the soothing sound of gentle waves, it is indeed a welcome respite to the now perennially 40-degree weather. Seafood being the restaurant’s specialty, the menu is rife with dishes ranging from fresh tanigue to melt-in-your-mouth scallops. You can also choose the Seaman’s set menu and enjoy dishes that include jumbo prawns, fresh salmon and succulent pork cheeks. Thirsty? Try the resort’s Chocolate Cocktail with Cebu chocolate desserts and relax by the sea.
Rico’s Lechon is the best place to go to if you want to try and taste the authentic lechon in Cebu. With its catchphrase “Da Best Gyud,” one can expect to savor the best-tasting lechon in town, as it’s freshly made every day. Rico’s Lechon is also the first to introduce “spicy lechon” in the Philippines. It sells anywhere between 2,000 to 4, 000 pieces of lechon per month, not only in Cebu, but all over the country.
For more information, email info@ ricoslechon.com or follow them on Facebook and Instagram @RicosLechonOfficial.
Larsian is a barbecue strip located at Fuenta Osmena with a number of stalls to choose from. Each stall offers grilled meat and seafood 24 hours daily. To fully practice the ultimate Cebu barbecue experience, disposable plastic gloves are given and rice is served wrapped in banana leaves.
No tour is complete without any fun under the sun. Cebu province offers a wide range of recreational activities, from diving spots to golf courses, heritage walks and eco-tourism adventures.
Oslob Whale shark watching is an out-of-thisworld experience as tourists not only get to feed the whale sharks but also swim, snorkel or even dive with them.
Tumalog Falls is also located in Oslob and has been considered a side trip for those who want to see the whale sharks. The majestic falls is one of the picturesque proofs of Cebu City’s beauty.
The underwater scooter. It was first discovered in Cebu and has since been a must-try for tourists and guests. It provides an excitement of a scuba diving experience and thrill of exploring the island’s underwater treasures.
All these, plus the warmth and generosity of the Cebuanos give the region the kind of culture and lifestyle that is completely unique. Whether you’re looking to relax or have an adventure, try out new things or revisit the old, Cebu is the place to visit.