Metro Manila · Vigan - Colonial Spanish Town
The historic town of Vigan is one of the best examples of a well-preserved Spanish colonial town in the Philippines, established in the 16th century. It is famous for its authentic Spanish-era homes lining the restored cobblestone streets. In December 2014, it was named as one of the New7Wonders Cities of the World.
The best way to explore Vigan is by taking a kalesa, the traditional horse carriage. It can chauffeur you to all the tourist sites, such as Vigan's public plazas, museums, the cathedral, and of course the old cobblestone streets full of shops selling handicraft and souvenirs.
In 2014, it was announced that Vigan was chosen as one of the New 7 Wonders Cities, an initiative to represent the global diversity of urban society. The other winners are Beirut, Doha, Durban, Havana, Kuala Lumpur, and La Paz.
Vigan is situated in Ilocos, a region with many touristic highlights. Apart from the authenticity of a 16th century Spanish town, you will find beautiful beaches (e.g. Pagudpud) and many historical sites in this region: the home of brothers Juan and Antonio Luna in Badoc, the Paoay Church, the Marcos Museum where ex-dictator Ferdinand Marcos rests in peace, or the 'Malacanang of the North', his former residence.
The best way to go to Vigan from Manila is by private van. You can just rent a van with driver for a couple of days. It will take you roughly ten hours to get there, so make sure you have at least a long weekend. Renting a private van to go to Vigan and the places nearby is great because you can just stop whenever you see something beautiful.