Have you ever heard of the place called Pagudpud in the Philippines? It is one of the most visited tourist spots in Ilocos. Where and what is Pagudpud really like? Well, before that let me have a bit of introduction first about Ilocos.
Ilocos is actually divided into provinces, the north and the south, also known as Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur respectively. Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur clearly should be located into one region and that is Ilocos Region (Region 1) in Northwest Luzon, Philippines. People living in these provinces are approximately 65% Ilocanos.
If you want visit Ilocos and you are wondering where you might go or have some outdoor adventures or just sightseeing, checking out these popular destinations in the city might make your travel plans clearer.
10 Best Tourist Spots in Ilocos [ Norte and Sur ]
1. Pagudpud Beach (Saud Beach)
As I am introducing in the first line, Pagudpud is one of the tourist spots in Ilocos Norte. Saud Beach in Pagudpud is a really famous destination in Ilocos Norte and has been marked as the “haven for travelers”. If you love beaches, the wide scenery, the blue ocean, the clear waters, the white sand, the whispering air, the gentle breeze, then Saud Beach is what you are looking for in Ilocos Norte.
2. Bangui Windmills
Even when you search Ilocos in any search engines or in image seach, Bangui Windmills will always be present. The magnificent big turbines that supplies electicity became a famous landmark of Ilocos.
3. Blue Lagoon
Blue Lagoon is one of the best beaches in Ilocos. This place is used to be a secret attraction in Ilocos but its gaining more and more popularity. Famous by the name Maira- Ira Point, this is a nice beach for chilling. The big waves of blue waters will surely capture your attention.
4. Kabigan Falls
Aside from Saud Beah in Pagudpud, there is also Kabigan Falls located in Pagudpud. This is a beautiful place to relax feeling closer to nature for it is surrounded with many trees and wild ferns. Most of the Filipinos really love to visit clean falls and rivers to enjoy swimming and chilling with friends. You can pin this destination too if you visit Pagudpud in Ilocos Norte.
5. La Paz Sand Dunes
Did you know that you don’t have to go to Egypt or Sahara when we have desert-like attraction here in the Philippines? La Paz Sand Dunes is one of the best places in Ilocos where many tourists love playing with the sand. Many want to experience sandboarding which is really a cool thing to do.
6. Kapurpurawan Rock Formations
Kapurpurawan is one of the famous rock formations in the Philippines located in Burgos, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. This is a magnificent attraction made by the clashing of waves through the years. The top looks like a small boat and is very interesting to sit with.
7. Museo Ilocos Norte
Museo Ilocos Norte is one of the ethnographic museums in the Philippines. It mostly contains relics of the Ilocano and Igorot Tribes. There are old clothings, utensils and more.
8. Bantay Bell Tower
Bantay Bell Tower is one of the beautiful places to go in Ilocos Sur situated in a hill housing the Bantay Belfry. This is a beautiful old tower you should pay a visit in Ilocos Sur.
9. Paoay Chruch
Paoay Chruch is a very old church which is also one of the UNESCO World Heritage located in Ilocos. Way back 1860’s, the Augustinian friars started the construction of this baroque style historical church.
10. Calle Crisologo
Calle Crisologo is one of the oldest streets in Ilocos found in Vigan. This is the place where high ranking persons lived during the Spanish era. The style of houses are really inspired by those of the old times, this place is a must-visited destination in Ilocos Sur just like walking in the streets of the past just work on your imagination.