It’s hard to define Ilocos in a few words. Why? Because it has a lot in it – from beaches to heritage places. And these are not just your typical tourist spots – they are some of the most scenic locations you’ll ever lay your eyes on.
Ilocanos have many things to be proud of in their region. For a first-timer like me, I was amazed not only with the beauty of the place but with the varied collection of attractions it offers. With that said, here are five of the fascinating destinations you should see when visiting Ilocos.
1. La Paz Sand Dunes
Stretching from Curimao to Pasuquin, the unique desert environment of La Paz Sand Dunes made it as a National Geological Monument. The thrilling 4×4 ride will give you an unforgettable adventure more so because of the epic scenery that you’ll get to see. Who would have imagined that such a stunning desert exists in a country hailed for its astonishing beaches? It just feels like you’re transported in a different place.
P.S. Don’t forget to try sand boarding at La Paz Sand Dunes!
2. Bangui Windmills
Bangui Windmills is a wind farm in Bangui, Ilocos Norte. It is actually the largest wind farm in Southeast Asia built to supply electricity to the province. What made the place really striking are the windmills parading in a beautiful shoreline while facing the West Philippine Sea.
3. Saud White Beach
With Saud White Beach, Ilocos surely has its own contribution when it comes to alluring beaches. Just a two-hour drive from Laoag City and you can get yourself plunging in Saud’s clear waters. And did I mention about its white, powdery sand? You bet!
4. Sitio Remedios
Located in Curimao, Ilocos Norte, Sitio Remedios is a private heritage village having a view of the West Philippines Sea. It is composed of vintage houses made from old structures salvaged from the different towns of the province.
Beautiful inside out, all heritage houses offer some nostalgic accommodations.
5. Calle Crisologo
Vigan is the third oldest city in the Philippines following Cebu and Manila. It’s no surprise then that it shelters some of the significant, vintage structures in the country like Calle Crisologo.
Calle Crisologo is one of those places that will make you turn back time. Comprised of Spanish houses, it is the only town that survived during World War II. Today, Calle Crisologo remained to be a beautiful piece of antique bustling with souvenir shops. A calesa ride is also commonly offered in the area.
Whether you’re a thrill seeker, a beach bum, or a culture vulture, Ilocos has something for you. We’ve got only a limited time to explore it but it already overwhelmed me with a lot of interesting places. I know Ilocos has more in store and I can’t just wait to be back!
Photo Credit: All photos by Martin San Diego via North Philippines Visitors Bureau (NPVB).
This Lakbay Norte trip was organized by North Philippines Bureau (NPVB) in partnership with Manila North Tollways Corporation / NLEX-SCTEX, Victory Liner, Inc., Nueva Ecija Convention and Visitors Associations (NECVA), and Cagayan North Convention and Visitors Bureau (CNCVB). Lakbay Norte is an annual media familiarization trip aiming to promote Philippine provinces in the north.
Sponsored by: Department of Tourism – Region 2, Department of Tourism – Region 3, Petron Corporation and Prifood Corporation.