What to See in Cebu
Cebu is the second most famous and important metropolitan city in the Philippines after Manila. Known as the ‘Queen City of the South’, Cebu is a bustling metropolis with amazing skyscrapers, monuments, shopping malls, discotheques and more. Located close to the exotic white sand beaches and crystal blue waters, Cebu is often referred as the playground of the country. Cebu has some of the finest diving spots in the world, making it a paradise for adventure seekers and nature lovers. One of the most favorite tourist destinations in Philippines, Cebu is the gateway to central and southern Philippines.
Prime Tourist Attractions
Magellan’s Marker: After his successful mission of Christianizing the people of Cebu, Magellan crossed the channel to Mactan in the effort to spread the faith. On the way, he was encountered by Lapulapu, the chieftain of Mactan Island, and was killed in the battle. The Magellan marker was erected in 1866 to mark the spot where the great Spanish explorer died fighting the Mactan chieftain.
Chapel of the Last Supper: It’s one of the most treasured relics in the Philippines, the only Christian majority nation in the Southeast Asia. Only one of its kinds in the country, it’s a 250 years old life-sized carving of the Lord Jesus and his 12 apostles seated at a long table for the Last Supper.
Fort San Pedro: The 16th Century Fort San Pedro is a small but magnificent fort in the Philippines. The Fort served as the nucleus of the Spanish settlement in the Philippines and later as fortification for Japanese soldiers during World War II, from 1941 to 1945. It has 20 ft high and 8 ft thick walls and a 30 ft high tower. Now it houses the famous Fort San Pedro National Museum, which showcases the San Diego shipwreck and interesting collections of Fort San Pedro.
Olango Wildlife Sanctuary: Located on the scenic Olango Island, it’s one of the most famous bird sanctuaries in Philippines. The sanctuary supports the largest concentration of migratory birds, which travel to the island from as far as Siberia and Northern China in search of nutritious fodder and also to escape harsh winters.
The Tops: Situated high on top of enchanting Busay Hills, it’s an excellent spot for enjoying breathtaking views of Metro Cebu and the islands of Mactan and Olango.
Other not to be missed tourist attractions in Cebu include:
- The Famous Colon Street,
- Taoist Temple,
- Jumalon’s Museum,
- Lapulapu Monument,
- Capitol Building,
- Julian Jumalon’s Butterfly Sanctuary
- Art Gallery.
The enchanting Kawasan Falls and scenic Badian Island are the must visit attractions in Cebu.
Famous for its magnificent coral formations and crystal blue seawater, Cebu is popularly referred as the diving center of the Philippines. The city enjoys a pleasant climate all round the year, which makes Cebu a favorite for water sports. Cebu offers an exciting range of water sports activities to visitors. You would surely enjoy diving in the pristine crystal blue water. Swimming, snorkeling, windsurfing, jet skiing, boat sailing and deep see fishing are other major activities for tourists visiting Cebu. Cebu also has a number of lovely beaches. Enjoy lazing, strolling, sunbathing on the beautiful beaches of Cebu.