Cebu in 3 Ways: Must-Visit Tourist Attractions in Cebu, Philippines

When it comes to top attractions in Cebu, one cannot simply put them under a single uniform list. With the various interesting spots you will find around the province, you will be up for a multifaceted holiday. Truly, among the many reasons the province is one of the favorite destinations in the Philippines, is that a new type of experience is available at every turn.

1. Museums

Stepping into the province’s museums is a must. With its rich history, you can’t go wrong with putting this activity in your list of the top things to do in Cebu. And a good place to start is…

Museo Sugbo

This is located on M. J. Cuenco Avenue in the old Tejero district. Merely stepping into its doors will already take you on a trip down history. This is because the building it calls home used to be the site of Carcel de Cebu or the province’s detention and rehabilitation center.

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Casa Gerordo and Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House

Another type of museum you may see here are the old houses of rich and influential locals. An example is the 19th-century Casa Gerordo, which was restored to showcase the elegant lifestyle back then.

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Another is the Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House at the corner or Lopez-Jaena and Mabini streets in Parian district. It is considered as one of the oldest houses in the entire country, because it was built sometime between 1675 and 1700.

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Jesuit House

Also in Parian, the 1730 Jesuit House was bequeathed by the heirs of Don Juan Villa to Jesuit friars. Through the years it has transformed into a hardware store and warehouse, and was recently converted into a museum by its original owners.

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2. Beaches

Cebu’s tourist attractions also include havens for beach bums. And with the province’s 168 mostly unspoilt islands, this should not come as a surprise.


The island of Malapascua, which sits at 8 km north of Cebu island, offers a beautifully inviting stretch of white sand.

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Bantayan Island

This famous island is known for its shallow turquoise water, which is ideal for kids and for adults who wish to take relaxing dips.

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Camotes Island

With a name that directly translates to “sweet potatoes”, Camotes Island has found its way to the hearts of tourists and locals alike, with its calm seas and charming setting.

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Sumilon Island

The municipality of Oslob’s 24-hectare Sumilon Island is ideal for those seeking for an eco-friendly retreat away from the city. It is the first marine protected area in the Philippines.

3. Historical sites

Since the Spanish-Colonial Era, the province has become one of the country’s most significant cities in terms of history and religion. And because they are all located in the mainland, you may easily reach them from any Cebu City accommodation, like Bayfront Hotel Cebu.

Magellan’s Cross

Ferdinand Magellan, a prominent Portuguese-born explorer who served Spain, instructed his people to plant Magellan’s Cross upon their arrival to the province.

Lapu-Lapu Shrine

This is a 20-meter bronze statue honoring the native leader who killed Ferdinand Magellan during the Battle of Mactan.

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Fort San Pedro

An 18th-century military defense structure created to prevent Muslim raiders from entering the Spanish settlement, Fort San Pedro is indeed a sight to behold. You may reach this attraction in Cebu by going to Mandaue City.

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