Cebu has been named as the ‘Queen City’ of the South and the capital city of the Visayas. It has everything which the visitors need for a relaxing tropical holiday. Since the place has a tropical climate it makes the atmosphere hot and sticky all the year round. The dry season is from January to June while the wet season is from July to December. Keeping in mind the climatic conditions the dry season is the most suitable time to visit the city that lets you enjoy limitless beaches and breathtaking natural sceneries.
Cebu City is the capital of Cebu and is the second happening city in Philippines. For centuries its cultural heritage sites have been retained and there are some new places of interest which you’ll not like to miss.
Fort San Pedro is the oldest and the smallest fort in Philippines. It was a triangular citadel which was built previously with the help of mud and logs. But, with the entry of Spanish it was rebuilt again with stones and mortar.
Colon Street is one of the ancient streets in the city built by the Spaniards in the 16th century. It was once the soul of Cebu’s shopping and business activities. It was named after Christopher Columbus who is known as Cristobal Colon in Spanish.
Other places to visit in Cebu are Lapu Lapu Monument, Taoist Temple, Fort San Pedro and Magellan’s Cross.
It is true that travelling is just an excuse to eat more so, jump straight to gorge the best dish of Cebu-Zubuchon Lechon or whole roasted pig. The other traditional and not-so-yummy dishes can be enjoyed at Golden Cowrie Native Restaurant, Cafe Laguna and Abuhan.
For more sophisticated and international buffet as well as veggie cuisines try the Tides restaurant at Shangri-La Mactan and Cafe Marco at Cebu’s Marco Polo Plaza. Cebu Waterfront Hotel and Casino’s Tin Gow is preferred for savoury Chinese delights.
Do not miss the best-selling warm cup cakes at La Morea, Japanese treats at Nonki and authentic Italian cuisine at Orchidia.
Cebu is often known as a shopper’s haven since it has both conventional street shops to designer boutiques in high-end shopping malls, that offers myriads of choices for tourists.
Hunt for shops with traditional handicrafts, local goods, bamboo furniture, intricate jewellery boxes and interesting items of the place. Ayala Mall is considered to be the best mall in the Cebu city which is located at the Cebu Business Park. The Colon Street is a busy serpentine street in Cebu popular for its trendy bags, fashionable clothes, unique jewellery, electronic goods and branded shoes at reasonable prices.
Apart from these, Carbon Market is the best place to pick up inexpensive souvenirs, fresh flowers and vibrant handicrafts. This market gives you the real feel of the islands because there’s so much to see and buy.
Other places to shop are the Park Mall, the Taboan Public Market, the Ayala Centre and the SM City Mall.
No visit to a city is complete without enjoying its nightlife. To experience the nocturnal life of Cebu head towards the hotspots in IT Parks or Crossroads which have the most happening night bars. Treff is a place that boasts of some innovative dishes with a beautiful glass and white interior to soar your spirits high. You can also try the scenic Blue Bar and Grill which has been rated as the best Asian bar.
Cebu hosts an array of well-known colourful festivals and events all the year along. These festivals depict the rich and age old traditions of the place that are celebrated by fiesta-loving locals with lots of hullaballoo and mellow spirits.
The largest and the most popular Cebuano festival is the Sinulog Festival which is held on third Sunday of January. Other important festivals are the Tagbo Festival, the Paskuhan, the Virgin Queen of the Rule Fiesta and the Chinese Moon Festival.