Tourist Attractions and Things To Do in Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines

Tourist Spots and Things To Do in Cebu City Within City Center


The famous tourist attractions and historical sites in Cebu City in Cebu Province are a walking distance away from each other and are just situated in the city center, the rest are on distant barangays

1. BASILICA DEL SANTO NIÑO 
The Basilica del Santo Niño was founded in 1565. The bell tower was badly damaged in October 2013 when Cebu was hit by a strong earthquake. The site is very crowded during Fridays (the day of devotion) and most especially on Sinulog week.


Basilica del Sto Niño & Pilgrim Center is just one of the tourist attractions and things to do in Cebu City, Cebu
Basilica Del Sto Nino is just one of the most famous attractions in Cebu City, Cebu. The church is even more crowded during the Sinulog Week which happens every 3rd Sunday of January.









Basilica Del Sto Nino Pilgrim Center during Sinulog Festival. The Pilgrim Center of Basilica del Sto Nino is full-packed during the Sinulog Festival starting off from the first day of Novena Masses until the Sinulog Festival.
Basilica Del Sto Nino Pilgrim Center during Sinulog Festival. The Pilgrim Center of Basilica del Sto Nino is full-packed during the Sinulog Festival starting off from the first day of Novena Mass until the Sinulog Festival. Sinulog happens every 3rd Sunday of January.

Basilica del Sto Nino Cebu - you can find this near where you light candles beside the restroom
Basilica del Sto Nino Cebu - you can find this near where you light candles beside the restroom

2. MAGELLAN'S CROSS
 

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 Basilica del Santo Niño. 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) which is just within the vicinity.

Magellan's Cross is just one of the tourist attractions and things to do in Cebu City, Cebu
Magellan's Cross is situated at the back portion of Basilica del Sto Nino.


I Love Cebu Islands Souvenirs Shop Cebu City
This I Love Cebu marker is near the entrance to Islands Souvenirs Shop near Basilica del Sto Nino, Magellan's Cross and Cebu City Hall.

3. CEBU CITY HALL 
The Cebu City Hall is also a walking distance to and from Basilica del Sto Niño, 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 is just one of the tourist attractions and things to do in Cebu City, Cebu
Cebu City Hall is also at the back portion, within the vicinity of Basilica del Sto Nino.


4. CEBU METROPOLITAN CATHEDRAL 
Another historical site that is just a walking distance from Basilica del Sto Niño 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 to the side and use the gate that you saw upon crossing.
Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral at daytime
Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral at daytime


Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral is just one of the tourist attractions and things to do in Cebu City, Cebu
Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral is yet another historical site that you don't want to miss. This is located just a close walking distance from Basilica del Sto Nino.


5. CEBU PLAZA INDEPENDENCIA 
This is where you can just relax and unwind. You can use this place as your transient 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 is just one of the tourist attractions and things to do in Cebu City, Cebu
Cebu Plaza Independencia is popular among locals. This plaza is just a few minutes walk from Basilica del Sto Nino.



Plaza Independencia Cebu City. Take down memory lane at Cebu Plaza Independencia, just one of the attractions and things to do in Cebu City, Cebu
Make sure to take a shot here inside Plaza Independencia and reminisce your visit to Cebu City once you get back to your hometown. 

6. FORT SAN PEDRO 
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 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 is just one of the tourist attractions and things to do in Cebu City, Cebu
Fort San Pedro - Among the sites mentioned above, this is the only one that goes with an entrance fee of P30.


Fort San Pedro is just one tourist attactions in Cebu City, Cebu. Just within the vicinity of Plaza Independencia and a walking distance from Basilica del Sto Nino
Fort San Pedro Cebu City


Fort San Pedro Cebu City Tourist Attraction
Fort San Pedro Cebu City 

7. MALACAÑANG SA SUGBO 
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). Looks like this place has been abandoned.


Malacañang Sa Sugbo is just one of the tourist attractions and things to do in Cebu City, Cebu
Malacanan Sa Sugbo is just within Cebu Plaza Independencia and Fort San Pedro premises. The building was used to be called Aduana which is a Spanish word for Customs.


HOW TO GO TO THE TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN CEBU CITY: 

From Mactan Cebu International Airport or from the place where you stay at, hire a taxi and tell the driver to drop you off at Basilica del Santo Niño and you can begin your tour from there, the rest on the list below are just a walking distance to and from the basilica. 






Cebu City's Tourist Attractions - Video
Museo Sugbo - M.J. Cuenco Ave., Cebu City
Taoist TempleDoña Modesta Singson Gaisano Street

Higante entry - Sinulog Festival
Sinulog Festival


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Cabugan Grande/San Pedro Island (Twin Islands) - Hinunangan, Southern Leyte

Loboc River - Loboc, Bohol

Cadapdapan Rice Terraces - Candijay, Bohol




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