Places to Visit in Cebu

When you travel to Cebu, you will love to visit popular tourist spots and enjoy the local culture. Amongst other Things to do in Cebu, you can surely explore some of the best things to do in Cebu to make your trip a fulfilling one. On a trip to Cebu things to do can include exploring Cebu attractions and visiting the places of interest.

Built under the command of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi in 1560, this legendary fort was a defence structureand is triangular in shape. This fort is probably one of the only constants in the ever-changing and ever-growing Cebu.

Considered to be the holiest churches in Cebu.It has stood the test of time miraculously after being burned down thrice since its inception in 1565. Its present form stands tall from 1737.

Standing 300 metres above sea level, this Taoist temple was built in 1972. The temple was built by the Chinese community of Cebu City that believe in Taoism. The temple accommodates non-worshipers and worshipers alike. The entrance to the temple resembles The Great Wall of China.

Probably one of Cebu’s most unique attractions, expect your reality to be suspended like the butterflies hanging around from branches and leaves allover Julian Jumalon’s garden.

The culture of Cebu also has been influenced by some countries of Europe like Portugal and Spain for obvious reasons. There are churches designed keeping in mind the Spanish and Roman cultures. The city is famous for its cross also known as the Magellan’s cross as it was been founded by Ferdinand Magellan the Portuguese who arrived in the year 1521 to establish trade relations with the city.It is a symbol that depicts the presence and love for Christianity in the country. As mentioned, there are various churches and one of the most famous churches is the Holy Child Church also famous as Basilica Minore del Santo Nino. The people of Cebu known Cebuanos are very colourful which can be ascertained from their dress code and lifestyle that they adopt during the festivals.

There are various festivals that are celebrated in the metropolitan area of Cebu. Religious festivals known as fiestas are prevalent and the people are always ready to celebrate them with plenty of food, fun, colourful clothes and decorations. Other celebrations include the native festivals like Siloy that is popular in the Alcoy province, the city of Mandaue celebrates a festival known as the Mantawi, the Mactan Islands celebrate a festival known as Kadaugan SA Mactan, the islands of Bantayan celebrate Palawood and many other festivals are also celebrated. Siloy is a festival celebrated each and every year on the last Saturday of the month of August and it conveys a tribute to a religious head. Mantawi is a festival that depicts the heritage of the Mandaue city and it is accompanied by food, fairs, floats and many other recreational activities. Likewise, each and every festival has some significance or the other and is celebrated in order to serve the purpose.

The gastronomy of the city is a mix of both the eastern and western part of the world. It has adopted the culture, food habits and lifestyle of the countries which ruled the city in the past, the gastronomy portrays instances of both the cultures. The food habit is largely influenced by its geographical location.It is an island therefore, sea food like fish, shrimps, crabs, squid and lobsters are the most common cuisine and the staple food here is rice. Meat like chicken and pork are also popular along with various kinds of vegetables. The cuisine has an influence or rather a touch of the European as well as Korean style.In addition, fast food dishes are popular in restaurants as well as in local shops. There is no narrowness in the food habit; instead they have accepted the food habits and delicacies of various countries. If you wanmt to sample local food, you mustn’t miss out on Lechon. Lechon is basically a cooked whole pig that is cooked on a bamboo shoot and stuffed with fragrant herbs. You can also try Biko. Biko is a cake made of coconut milk, sticky rice and sugar. It is topped with a caramelised reduction of coconut milk and sugar. It is served as an afternoon snack or for dessert.

Another attraction that highlights Cebu’s uniqueness, this market is one of Cebu’s oldest and biggest farmer’s markets. Go there for a feel of what Cebu is really all about.

This market has to offer a wide variety of dried food. IOf you want to sample authentic dried fish, mango, chorizo, pork rinds, etc., this is the place to be. Such a market is seldom found but is extremely popular with the locals and tourists alike. The shopping market is reasonable and you are spoilt for choices.

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