“Discover how beautiful our country is and how wonderful our people are. Time to fall in love with the Philippines.” – Tony Meloto
A few years ago, my husband and I went with my family on a road trip to the northern part of the Philippines. It was a fun and educational experience. We went to Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur.
Ilocos is a region in the northwest coast of the Philippines. It is known for its beaches and its historical sites.
Here are some of the places we went to and this is for Frank’s Tuesday Photo Challenge- Tourism – It’s More Fun in the Philippines
This beautiful Welcome Arch is located in the boundary of two provinces, Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur.
Pagudpud Town is a town in the northern coast of Luzon island in the Philippines.
Bangui Wind Farm has more than 20 turbines along the Bangui Bay.
Patapat Viaduct is the fourth longest bridge in the Philippines
Kapurpurawan Rock Formation gets its name from an Ilocano word “puraw” meaning white. You can also go horseback riding here.
Bantay Abot Cave in Pagudpud means “a mountain with a hole.” In the 80s this hill was wrecked by an earthquake thus leaving a hole in the middle.
The Beaches in Pagudpud
Casa Consuelo When we went here, we were greeted by dark clouds and forceful wind because there was a storm brewing. But thankfully, after 2 days of rain, it stopped and the sun came out and the sea was calm.
Hannah’s Beach Resort is a family friendly resort, as you can see in the cartoon characters all around.
Malacanang of the North was a former official residence of ex president, Ferdinand Marcos and now serves as a museum.
Cape Bojeador Lighthouse was first lit in 1892 and continues to welcome ships from the north.
Paoay Church one of the oldest and most beautiful churches in the Philippines. It has a gothic and baroque style of architecture.
Calle Crisologo in Vigan is a street famous for its old stone houses preserved from centuries ago. It has cobblestone streets where calesas (horse drawn carriage) is used as a mode of transportation.
These Spanish-style houses are a representation of the Filipino-Spanish way of living back in the day.
Laoag sand dunes is so much fun! I had never experienced such a thrilling experience in my whole years of existence and I literally lost my voice after it.
Bantay Belfry is an old prehistoric watch tower located 10 minutes from Vigan. It stands on the highest point of the town and serves as a watch tower during the Spanish colonial period.
The Bantay Church or also known as St Augustine Church is the oldest church in the entire region of Ilocos.
Sinking Tower is one of Laoag’s most famous landmark.