Get introduced to Iloilo’s past and heritage on this half-day tour around the city's iconic attractions. If you want a quick but productive trip to see the top historical attractions of Iloilo City, then this tour is perfect for you.
You will be picked up within Iloilo City by the transport service included in the package. Your first stop in the itinerary is the district of Jaro. On the way there, you will be passing by Iloilo Business Park, referred to by the locals as Megaworld. This 72-hectare land features a commercial district, complete with a lifestyle mall, a convention center, office buildings, and boutique and deluxe hotels.
Past Megaworld is the religious seat of power in Western Visayas, the Jaro Cathedral. One unique characteristic of the church is the location of its bell tower, which is on the opposite side of the street. After offering a small prayer inside the church, you will be taken to Casa Mariquit, a 216-year-old Spanish ancestral house named after the wife of the late Vice PresidentFernando Lopez, Sr. It showcases the Ilonggo architecture and a peek into the lives of the rich Javellana and Lopez clans. There are also original furnitures located inside, along with several memorabilia from the family.
From there, you will continue on a running tour of the city’s Millionaire’s Row. Located in the district of Jaro, the Millionaire’s Row boasts of numerous colonial mansions and ancestral houses that give a glimpse of how the affluent members of society lived during their time. Tucked in the Millionaire’s Row are the heritage houses of Sanson-Montinola and Ledesma, and the grand Nelly’s Garden of the Lopezes.
You will then proceed to Calle Real, the Old Capitol Building of Iloilo. Today, it serves as the “Kilometer Zero” of the province, but during the Japanese occupation, it was used as a camp by the foreign army. About two kilometers from Calle Real is the Fort San Pedro, built to protect Iloilo City from Dutch and Moro pirates. You will also be visiting Muelle Loney, known as Iloilo’s River Wharf. This played an important role in the birth of the prosperous sugar industry of the Visayas during the 19th and 20th centuries.
Also included in the tour is a visit to General Luna, Molo Mansion, Molo Church, and Esplanade. You will also drop by Biscocho Haus, where you can purchase some take-home biscocho, Iloilo’s best delicacy. These oven-baked goods, which are cooked twice until dry and crunchy, are typically topped with sugar and butter.
Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about Iloilo City’s heritage attractions on this half-day tour. Check availability by choosing a date.
- All our guides speak English.
- Not all establishments accept credit or debit cards, and ATMs can be limited.