While Cebu is a popular vacation getaway and a gateway to a thousand more journeys, not much is published about quick city tours in Cebu. I decided to create this post to bridge the gap in information. Read along and I hope this will be a big help for tourists wanting to take on quick city tours in Cebu.
Quick City Tours in Cebu City
El Cebu Viejo Spanish Quarters Tour
Explore the center of what was the country's oldest city as you take a walking tour of the old Spanish quarters of Cebu City where most of the oldest Spanish establishments in the country are located. Visit Fort San Pedro, stroll at Plaza Independencia, drop by the Basilica Minore del Sto. Nino, Come before the Magellan's Cross, say a prayer at the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, explore the Archdiocesan Museum of Cebu, and discover Plaza Hamabar. Also within the area is a marker indicating the birthplace of Cebu's Grand Old Man and former Philippine president Don Sergio Osmena, Sr.
Once the center of Cebu's trade, a visit to Pari-an is also a good experience for history buffs. 2 of the oldest residential buildings in the Philippines can be found in the area, the Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House and the Jesuit House of 1730. The Jesuit House of 1730 also houses the Museo Pari-an sa Sugbu. Also in the area is the Heritage of Cebu Monument which is built on the old Plaza Pari-an. The Pari-an Fire Station is built on the foundations of the old church. Casa Gorordo, the residence of the first Filipino archbishop of Cebu is along Lopez-Jaena Street. Further on M.J. Cuenco Avenue is Museo Sugbu which used to be Carcel de Cebu, Cebu's Spanish-era jail facility now turned into a museum.
Osmena Boulevard Heritage Tour
Osmena Boulevard is also a stretch of road that is rich in history. It was once referred to as Jones Avenue, a name that still persists to this day. Many buildings from the American colonial period and buildings built shortly after World War II dot this main Cebu City thoroughfare. Places of interest are Abellana National School, Cebu Normal University, YMCA Hostel, CAP Museum, Fuente Osmena Circle, Rizal Public Library and Museum, and the Cebu Provincial Capitol Building.
Lakat-lakat sa Colon
Colon Street is the country's oldest street and has a rich history. Walk along this street and learn about what establishments used to be located in Calle Colon. Informational markers are put up along the route indicating which establishments used to be located in specific locations along the street..
American-era Waterfront Tour
Adjacent to the old Spanish quarters are buildings built along the waterfront during the American colonial period. This are the Aduana Building or Malakanyang sa Sugbu, the Compania Maritima Building, and the Gotiaoco Building which will soon be turned into the Sugbu Chinese Heritage Museum.
Quick City Tours in Lapulapu City
Mactan Island Commuter Tour
There's a number of interesting places to visit and activities to do in Mactan Island. Near the city's public market is the Birhen sa Regla Parish Church, the Saint Alphonsus Catholic School, and the Muelle Osmena Wharf and Lighthouse. Mactan Shrine is in Barangay Mactan and Pawud Spring and Cave is in Marigondon. Activities such as helmet diving, scuba diving, a submarine tour, snorkeling, beach bumming, a balloon ride, and water sports such as banana boat ride, parasailing, and kayaking are available at or near Hadsan Cove.
Mactan Channel Island Hopping
Island hopping in the Mactan Channel is actually a popular activity among tourists in Cebu. It is probably the most popular tour in this list. Among the popular islands to visit are Olango, Sulpa, Caohagan, Caubian among others. Although part of Cordova town, Nalusuan and Gilutungan Islands are also popular islands to visit during island hopping trips in the Mactan Channel.
Quick City Tours in Talisay City
Talisay City Tour
A relatively less popular option in this list of quick city tours in Cebu is a tour around urban Talisay City. The stops shall include the Spanish-era Sta. Teresa de Avila Parish Church in Poblacion, Crocolandia Park in Biasong, the MacArthur Park and Talisay Landing marker, and Lechon Lane in Poblacion. Talisay also has reasonably-priced beach resorts although the quality of these resorts are not as good as the ones in Mactan and elsewhere outside Metro Cebu.
Do you want to embark on these quick city tours in Cebu soon? Let me know as I am also planning to do them as part of my blog posting plan for the CBC 30-day blog posting challenge.
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