Beautiful Tourist Places to Visit in Cebu, Philippines, Asia
Cebu is the capital city of Cebu province in Central Visayas region of Philippines, situated about 1080 kms from Manila. After Metro Manila, Cebu is the 2nd most populated metropolitan city in Philippines.
The city of Cebu gears up activities on trade, education and commerce for most part of the Central Visayas. Cebu is the ancient city of Philippines houses more than 80% of Philippines domestic shipping companies. The Zip code of Cebu is 6000.
Geography of Cebu:
Cebu city is located between 10°17′ N latitude and 123°54′ E longitude at a height of 17 meters above mean level of sea.
The highly urbanized Cebu city covers an area of 315.0 sq. km. and metro city occupies an area of 1,163.36 sq. km.
Cebu city shares its borders with Toledo City in the west, Mandaue City in the northeast, Talisay City in the south, Compostela in the north and Mandaue to the east.
Etymology and History of Cebu:
Cebu got its name from the local language word ‘sebu’ means ‘animal fat’. Cebu was founded in 1565 and Rajah Humabon ruled Cebu when it was a fishing village before the appearance of the Spaniards. Cebu village was formed as a city on February 24, 1937.
Connectivity to Cebu:
Cebu is served by Mactan-Cebu International Airport with frequent flights to Hong Kong, Busan, Taipei, Manila, Singapore, Taoyuan, Davao, Zamboanga, Incheon and many other domestic and international destinations, located about 15 kms from Cebu city. The air services are operated by Cebu Pacific, Asiana Airlines, Air Busan, Korean Air and more airlines.
The two most important bus terminals include Cebu Provincial South Bus Terminal and SM City Cebu GT Express Terminal.
Cebu is also well connected by ferry and boat operators include Sulpicio Lines, George & Peter Lines and Lorenzo Shipping Lines.
Tourists can choose jeepney or bus or taxi or to move within the city and to reach tourists spots and airport.
Culture, Food and Shopping in Cebu:
Sinulog festival and the festival of the Santo Niño are grandly celebrated in Cebu during third Sunday of January annually.
SM City Cebu is the biggest shopping mall in Cebu City and Ayala Mall, Country Mall and Mango Square are other best shopping centres in Cebu.
Lechon and SuTuKil are the two popular dishes in Cebu and the prominent restaurants include:
- Casa Verde
- CNT Lechon
- Golden Cowrie
- The Jungle Restaurant
- Larsian Barbeque
Places to see in Cebu:
Basilica of Santo Nio:
Basilica of Santo Nino is a big church includes the statue of Santo Nino.
Fort San Pedro:
Fort San Pedro is a historical fort contains a small museum known for its architecture.
Lapu-Lapu Monument is the statue of the Philippine’s first national hero Lapu-Lapu.
Casa Gorordo Museum:
Casa Gorordo Museum is open between Tue to Sun from 10:00 to 18:00.
Jose R. Gullas Halad Museum:
Jose R. Gullas Halad Museum is situated at V. Gullas Street of Cebu. It is a musically-themed museum.
Other tourist attractions near Cebu are:
- Taoist Temple
- Santa Rosa Falls
- Mount Manghilaw
- Heritage of Cebu
- Provincial Capitol
- Cebu Provincial Museum
- Cebu Parkmall
- Life-size statues
- Basilica del Santo Niño Museum
- Fuente Osmena
Best time to visit in Cebu:
From December to May is the best time to visit Cebu.
Accommodation Options in Cebu:
Cable TV, hot water, A/C, refrigerator and internet are general facilities available in the hotels of Cebu and best budget, mid range and luxury hotels in Cebu are listed below:
- Aysha-Lily Cebu Guesthouse
- Cebuview Tourist Inn
- Tonros Apartelle
- Casa Rosario
- Cebu Century Hotel
- Alpa City Suites Hotel
- La Gloria Residence Inn
- Fuente Oro Business Suites
- Cityscape Hotel
- Alta Cebu Resort
- Cebu Parklane International Hotel
- Alegre Beach Resort
- Cordova Reef Village Resort
- Hotel Elizabeth Cebu
- Hotel Movenpick Cebu