Given the chance to visit Cebu, most would decide to go for the pristine beaches and other breathtaking natural attractions in the province. But the city itself is filled with lots of interesting activities and places that will make your summer vacation here worth it.
If you have only a few days available till you have to hop on a plane back to Manila, here are the things you should include in your brief itinerary.
- Attend Mass at Basilica del Santo Nino
If you attend mass regularly and you like visiting old churches, then a visit to the Basilica del Santo Nino is a must during your stay in Cebu City. It is the oldest Roman Catholic church in the Philippines and was constructed on the place where the Spanish explorers, led by Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, found the image of the Santo Niño de Cebu in 1565.
The church sustained considerable damage during the massive earthquake that struck the Visayas region in October 2013. Fortunately, the place is continuously undergoing renovation to make it whole again.
- Take a stroll at the historical Fort San Pedro
Just a short walk away from the church stands the smallest fort in the country, Fort San Pedro (Fuerza de San Pedro) located in Plaza Independencia. The place is steeped in Cebuano history and its construction dates way back to 1565 under the command of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi.
For an entrance fee of less than 50 pesos, you can already enjoy the sights of well-preserved old architecture and Spanish artifacts such as sculptures, paintings, and documents.
- Experience Cebu nightlife at IT Park and Mango Square
Since you’re in the city, you should take advantage of the active nightlife at IT Park, where you can find lots of restaurants and bars. It’s very popular especially with call center employees, who work near the area. Try Jacobos, Pier 1, and Moon Cafe.
Another nightspot is Mango Square, which is a favorite among foreigners. Rates here tend to be cheaper compared to IT Park. If you’re looking for serious drinking, check out the bars and pubs of Mango Square.
- Eat Lechon!
What‘s a trip to Cebu without sampling the province’s famous specialty? A sample of the juicy roasted pig and you’ll understand why Cebu is hailed as the Lechon Capital of the World. Go to Rico’s Lechon and Ayer’s Lechon for your fix of spicy lechon.
- Get some adrenaline rush at Sky Experience Adventure
Located at the 40-story Crown Regency Hotel & Towers, the Sky Experience Adventure is a must-try for extreme adventurers. The Edge Coaster is an amusement ride that will take you around the edge of the hotel. Safety is unquestionable since the facility uses state-of-the-art equipment. Riders are strapped into the rail seats, which can tilt up to 55 degrees. If you can get past the fact that you are 400 feet above ground and you are at the edge of your seat, you will get to enjoy the best views of the city spread out before you.
The Sky Walk Extreme lets you walk around the hotel’s transparent glass platform (which can support up to 5000 pounds!) at the 37th floor, which is around 126 meters above ground. You will be strapped in a harness to make sure you won’t fall off the platform.
If you’re planning to try the Sky Experience Adventure, you might as well stay at the Crown Regency Hotel & Towers, which is near the other attractions in your itinerary. The hotel is just a half hour drive from the Mactan-Cebu International Airport. Public transport is very accessible and you can get to shopping centers, the financial district, and historical landmarks easily.
For reasonable Cebu rates, you get to enjoy cozy and spacious rooms that are equipped with the following:
- Smoking and non-smoking rooms
- Full-size posture-pedic beds
- Full bath with tub
- 21-inch cable TV
- Internet access
- 24-hour room service
- Hair dryer and phone
- Daily delivery of local newspaper
Aside from the Sky Experience Adventure, Crown Regency Hotel & Towers also has practical and leisure amenities and facilities available for its guests. Bars, restaurants, fitness pools, gym, shooting range, event halls are only some of the conveniences that the hotel has in store.
Finalize your Cebu adventure plans and book accommodations at www.crownregencyhotelandtowers.com. Book direct for safe and hassle-free reservations.