Tourist Attractions in Cebu City - Cebu, Philippines

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The famous tourist attractions and historical sites in Cebu City in Cebu, Philippines are a walking distance away from each other. The rest are on distant barangays. 


The basilica was founded in 1565. The bell tower was badly damaged in October 2013 when Cebu was hit by a strong earthquake.

Basilica del Sto Niño & Pilgrim Center

Magellan's Cross is the cross planted by the Spanish and Portuguese explorers upon the order of Ferdinand Magellan when they arrived in Cebu on March 15, 1521 (depending on source). The cross is situated very near the entrance/exit of the basilica. Street vendors will approach you to buy souvenir items and if you want, you can also visit the nearby Islands Souvenirs shop (a very famous souvenir store in Cebu).

Magellan's Cross

The city hall is also a walking distance to and from the basilica, just in front of Magellan's cross. 

If you are hungry, you can have your fill at Mang Inasal, McDonalds and Lechon Belly, just a walking distance from the aforementioned historical sites. 

If you are running out of cash, ATM machines are conveniently located nearby, check out BPI (attached to the Sto Niño Pilgrim Center building) or Bank of Commerce near McDonalds in front of Magellan's Cross.

Want to stay nearby? Nearest hotel is Sampaguita Suites Plaza Garcia. There are also shopping centers within the vicinity such as Prince City Hall and La Nueva. 

Cebu City Hall

Another historical site that is just a walking distance from the Basilica is the cathedral which was founded in 1836. To go there, exit from the other side of the Basilica, the one where you see Chowking or Jollibee upon your exit. Beside Chowking, there's a small street - use that street and walk straight (short distance) then cross another street and use the gate that you will see upon or before crossing.

Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral

This is where you can just relax and unwind. You can use this place as your waiting area, especially if you want to go to Bohol or any destinations that use Pier 1 as point of origin, Pier 1 is just a walking distance. Find ticketing outlets going to and from Bohol here or here.

Cebu Plaza Independencia

Very close to Plaza Independencia is Fort San Pedro. This is the only site that you need to pay for an entrance fee which is very minimal - Php30 (thirty pesos only) which is less than US$1, regular entrance; senior citizen - Php24; student (bring ID) Php20). Inside the fort, there is a wishing well there and if you are a Catholic, you can say your prayer there and asked for an intercession from Nuestra Señora de la Cotta or you might want to wish something at the wishing well called Pozo de la Virgen where the image of the virgin was found floating.

Fort San Pedro

This is just a walking distance and a view away from Plaza Independencia and Fort San Pedro. It is the official residence of the President of the Philippines in the Visayas. It was previously named as Aduana (customs).

Malacañang Sa Sugbo

Cebu City's Tourist Attractions - Video

Other Tourist Attractions in Cebu City:
Mountain View Nature's Park - Busay, Cebu City
Museo Sugbo - M.J. Cuenco Ave., Cebu City
Sirao Flower Farm/Sirao Peak - Sirao, Cebu City
Taoist TempleDoña Modesta Singson Gaisano Street

Higante entry - Sinulog Festival
Sinulog Festival


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