Hit the road and explore the must-see landmarks on Ilocos Norte with this guided day tour. If you like to go on cultural and historical trips combined with some sightseeing of natural wonders, this tour is tailor-fit for you.
You will be picked up from your accommodation in Laoag. From there, you will be taken to St. William’s Cathedral. It serves as the center of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Laoag. Admire its Italian Renaissance exterior and take a look inside to see the intricate details of the altar.
Just a short walk from the cathedral is the Sinking Bell Tower. Built on a weak foundation centuries ago, this tower sinks at a rate of one inch every year. Take a picture with this unique sight before heading to the Museo Ilocos Norte, an ethnographic museum housing traditional artifacts from the Ilocano, Itneg, and Igorot people.
Within walking distance from the museum is the Aurora Park, previously known as Plaza de Alfonso XII. It is not only a favorite place of recreation for the locals but also a place of history as it features the Tobacco Monopoly Monument. Erected in 1881 to mark the end of the Spanish tobacco monopoly in the country, this multi-tiered obelisk is dedicated to the Spanish King Alfonso XII, who ordered such decree.
After strolling around the park, you will make your way to the Malacañang of the North. What once was the residence of the family of Ferdinand Marcos is now a museum featuring the former Philippine President’s programs during his term. The mansion overlooks Paoay Lake and is roughly ten kilometers away from Paoay Church, where you will head next.
This Roman Catholic church is well-known for its distinct architecture of massive buttresses on the sides and back of the structure. While it was established way back in the early 1700s, the church stood strong amidst earthquakes that shook the region over the years. You will then end your day with a visit to the Marcos Museum, which features the former President’s life and houses some of his memorabilia.
Pack your cameras and join this tour around Ilocos Norte’s picturesque attractions. Check availability by choosing a date.
- Please take note that 4x4 Sand Dunes Activity is not included.
- All our guides speak English.
- Not all establishments accept credit or debit cards, and ATMs can be limited.