Free Things A Tourist Can Do in Cebu City

As the Philippines' second major city, Cebu can be a bit more expensive than many other places in the Philippines. But do you know there are things that a tourist can do for free in Cebu City, Philippines?

Related reading: Things A Tourist Can Do in Cebu for A Dollar

1. Do a Walking Tour of Cebu City's Spanish-era District 

A good way to start exploring Cebu City is to do a walking tour of the Spanish-era district of Cebu City. Start off at Plaza Independencia where you can find other historical buildings around it such as Fort San Pedro and the Aduana Building. The Compania Maritima Building is also not far away. Proceed to the Basilica Minore del Santo Nino and around it is the old Cebu City Hall and the Magellan's Cross. Walk towards the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral where adjacent to it is Plaza Hamabar and the Cebu Cathedral Museum. Next stop will be the area around the Colon Street Obelisk at the end of the country's oldest street, Colon Street. Around the area is the Cebu Heritage Monument in the Parian Plaza, the Parian Fire Station, and the Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House. Not far from the area is the Museo Pari-an sa Sugbu at the Jesuit House of 1730 and Casa Gorordo. Some of the places mentioned may require an entrance fee to get into.

Free things a tourist can do in Cebu City Central Visayas Philippines
Magellan's Cross

2. Visit Historical Churches

Cebuanos are a religious lot like most Filipinos. Because of the Spanish influence, majority of Cebuanos are Roman Catholics. Cebu City has a number of centuries-old Spanish-era churches. The more notable ones are the Basilica Minore del Santo Nino, the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, and the Santo Tomas de Villanueva Parish Church in El Pardo.

3. Get Some Fresh Air at Family Park

Family Park is a park operated by the Metro Cebu Water District. Within the park is a jogging trail, lots of shady trees, a mini-zoo, a swimming pool, and some food joints. Entrance to the park is free every first Saturday and first Sunday of the month.

4. Enjoy The Sea Breeze at the SRP

Just as locals would enjoy the sea breeze at the SRP Viewing Deck near the Sugbu Building, tourists can do that as well. There's no fee involved, just the responsibility to dispose waste properly.

5. Join the Sinulog Street Party

Many say that the street parties in Cebu during the Sinulog Festival in the 3rd weekend of January is one of the world's craziest. Some are into it to get totally wasted, some to have wholesome fun. Whatever reason you want to be in a Sinulog party, just make sure there's no violence involved.

And to the Catholic faithful, party after you have completed your Sunday obligations on this day!

6. Climb a Mountain

It's free to climb mountains in Cebu City. Popular mountains to climb in Cebu City are Mount Kan-irag and Mount Babag.

7. Play Some Street Basketball

Filipinos are passionate about basketball and Cebuanos are no different. You can find a basketball court in almost every village in Cebu, many with makeshift goals. Many of these basketball playing courts are literally on streets. Sometimes, bets are placed on games.

8. Jog Around Town 

When you are bored and you want to see what the city looks like, go on a road run early in the morning or late in the afternoon.

9. Have A Picnic At Some Parks

Some parks in Cebu City are free to hang out at. For example, the Family Park in Talamban does not charge entrance fees every first Saturday and first Sunday of the month. There are a lot of other parks in Cebu City that do not charge fees such as the more than century-old Fuente Osmena Circle, Cebu Asiatown IT Park, Plaza Hamabar, Plaza Sugbu, Senior Citizens Plaza, and Plaza Independencia. Just make sure to dispose off wastes properly after having a picnic in the parks.