Ilocos Norte Tourist Spots – The province of Ilocos Norte is nearly 400 km north of Manila, the capital of the country. The province offers many popular destinations for tourists, foreigners alike and locals. I would recommend at least 4-5-day stay in order to properly visit and discover everything the area has to offer. This article will go over 15 of the most popular tourist destinations. They're all definitely worth the trip.
15 Must-Visit Ilocos Norte Tourist Spots
1. The Sinking Bell Tower
The province of Ilocos Norte is nearly 400 km north of Manila, the capital of the country. The province offers many popular destinations for tourists, foreigners alike and locals. I would recommend at least 4-5-day stay in order to properly visit and discover everything the area has to offer. This article will go over 15 of the most popular tourist destinations. They're all definitely value the trip if Italy has its leaning tower of Pisa, Laoag City has its own local version: the Sinking Bell Tower. This structure is one of the tallest bell towers in the country and it's located in the heart of the city. As of today, it positions at 45m tall.
The tower is called a sinking tower because it's incredibly heavy, and it was constructed on a sandy ground. So, the combination of the loose foundation and its weight through it sink considerably into the ground at a rate of an inch every year. Normally, bell towers are situated near a church. Though, this tower is far away from the cathedral.
The tower is also especially beautiful at night when it's lit up.
2. Lapaz Sand Dunes
Everyone absence to visit the Sahara Desert in Africa or the deserts found in the Middle Eastern countries? Just come and visit the matchless geological dessert environment originate only in Ilocos Norte — the Lapaz Sand Dunes. These sandbanks, their heights ranging from 10-30 meters, were made as a result of the interacting wind, sea, and river.
These sand dunes are easy to get by tricycle or jeepney. They're only 15 minutes away from the city proper. Due to its desert environment, it is a widely held location for shooting films for both local and international films makers alike. Notable local films contain Himala and Panday, while internationally or on the U.S. front, there are Hollywood films such as Mad Max and Born on the Fourth of July (together starring Tom Cruise).
3. Fort Ilocandia Resort and Casino
The Fort Ilocandia Resort and Casino be there a first class hotel in Ilocos Norte, located in Brgy. Calayab, Laoag City — just 9km away from the city proper. Its design was stimulated by Spanish colonial architecture. The main building houses a lobby, the shopping arcade, the arcades, the casino, and restaurants.
4. Malacañang of the North
Malacañang of the North was constructed as the official residence of the late President Marcos in Ilocos Norte. It is a two-story building located nearby the legendary Paoay Lake. The residence is complete with bedrooms, an office, a kitchen, a spacious ballroom, a dining area, on the second floor, and smooth had an Olympic-sized swimming pool. Also, it has a spacious terrace and a beautiful garden with magnificent views of the lake.
Currently, it operates as the Marcos Memorabilia Museum, which is exposed to the public with an entrance fee of P20.00.
5. Paoay Church
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Paoay Church is a countrywide treasure of Ilocandia and a designated UNESCO world heritage site. It was built in 1896 by the Augustinian friars with coral bricks, which can be seen from its massive walls. Also, as a prime example of a Baroque church, it brings along an attractive view truly reminiscent of the Spanish era, with details like massive and wonderful buttresses on the sides and back of the building.
From Laoag City, it is just a 30-minute ride to visit this tourist magnetism in Paoay. Once you've visited the Malacanang of the North in Suba, go straight ahead here.
Food tip: Also, don't forget as well to try the pinakbet pizza at Herencia Cafe just in front of the church!
6. Playa Tropical Resort
Playa Tropical Resort is located in Currimao, Ilocos Norte. It's a Balinese inspired beachside hotel haven where one can enjoy fabulous sunsets and a constant, gentle ocean breeze, with a beach where the calm waves and fine sand retells you of the infinite wonders of the world.
Playa Tropical also has an incredibly friendly staff, reflecting the brand of hospitality that Filipinos are well-known for. The suite rooms are very clean, large, and comfortable. The location is likewise close to all the popular tourist spots located in Batac, Paoay, and Laoag.
7. Marcos Museum and Mausoleum
Marcos Museum and Mausoleum is to be found in Batac City, Ilocos Norte, just a 30-minute ride from Laoag City. The museum can easily be established, as it is near the bridge where all the public buses stop.
• The museum houses memorabilia of the late President Marcos. It is amazingly well-organized, making it a very enjoyable experience for visitors to learn about his life. The entrance fee is P50 per person even though children under the age of four are free.
• The mausoleum is on the other side of the gallery and it houses the body of the late president. Picture taking is prohibited inside here. Upon entering the mausoleum, one will also overhear Gregorian sounds. There is no entrance fee to visit this side.
8. Juan Luna Shrine
The Juan Luna shrine is found in Badoc, Ilocos Norte and houses the famous Luna family's memorabilia. This includes Juan Luna's canvases, namely his masterpiece, the Spolarium.
The house has two stories, the ground floor used to be the basement although the second level is for the living room and bedrooms. Today, the ground floor displays different memorabilia not simply of Juan Luna but also Antonio Luna and the rest of the family.
9. Bacarra Domeless Tower
The Bacarra Domeless Tower is a 50-meter tower and it built in 1830, but was damaged in 1931 by an earthquake. One more strong earthquake (with a 7.8 intensity) in 1983 make happen its dome to totally go down. Thus, gaining the romanticized title “Dignified Domeless Belltower in Asia.”
Bacarra a town adjacent to Laoag City. It is just 15 mins away. Museo de Bacarra, which houses numerous artifacts, is right near the Bacarra Tower.
10. Kapurpurawan Rock Formation
11. Cape Bojeador Lighthouse
Another national significant site in Ilocos Norte is the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse. This lighthouse, with brick walls as is the stylishness of many other lighthouses in the country, is one of the highest elevated Spanish colonial lighthouses in the Philippines. Presently, it still functions as an active and welcoming flare to ships that enter the Philippine Archipelago from the North.
12. Bangui Windmill
The Bangui Windmill is not simply the first of its kind in Southeast Asia, but it's also right here in Ilocos Norte.
The windmill has 20 tri-blades that 70 meters in height, with windmills spread about in an arc formation along the Bangui Bay. It is to be found north of Laoag City and about a 45-minute ride.
As a result, Ilocos Norte is one of the small number of provinces in the Philippines that generates renewable energy. The Bangui wind farm runs for 40% of the Ilocos Norte Electric Cooperative's supply. Furthermore, it generates 25 MW of electricity to power up an estimated 108,000 households.
13. Pagudpud Beaches
Pagudpud is commonly known for its beaches. Visitors may choose from the following:
•The Punta Azul Beach Resort was formerly built as a family retreat to escape the hectic and stressful life in the city. Its design flawlessly blends with the ordinary beauty, and you're bound to be captivated by the magnificent crystal blue water and pristine white sands at the foot of the Verdant Mountains. Much approximating a hidden treasure; this resort is a paradise at the northern tip of the Philippines.
•Hannah’s Beach Resort & Convention Center is the latest and most exciting vacation destination in Pagudpud. It is found right in front of the famous Blue Lagoon (Maira-ira Beach) at Brgy. Balaoi, Malingay, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. It deals both exclusiveness and luxury in an incredibly friendly environment. The Blue Lagoon, with its captivating crystal clear waters and white beach, will surely make your stay a memorable and enjoyable one.
•The Saud Beach Resort and Hotel offers overnight accommodations where each room has a sunset view. Its amenities includes a private shower, a coffee table, a mini-refrigerator, toilet, a mini bar, and solo lights facing the beach area. There are similarly beach huts and beach lounges providing for free of charge to check-in guests.
•The Kingfisher Resort, built in an old-style style, is your go-to destination if you want to kitesurf. Kite surfing, windsurfing and many other water activities can be experienced here.
14. Patapat Bridge
The Patapat Bridge is a 1.2 km long bridge that bonds two barangay in Pagudpud. This zigzag-y bridge is often bring up by some as the “French Riviera of the North.” Visitors and motorists can enjoy the amazing view of the sea and the verdant mountains as they cross this bridge, which is 200 meters above sea level.
It is also the fourth longest bridge in the Philippines.