The City of Vigan is a 5th class city in the province of Ilocos Sur, Philippines. It is the capital of the Province of Ilocos Sur, located on the western coast of Luzon, facing the West Philippine Sea.

A World Heritage Site, it is one of the few Spanish towns left in the Philippines, with streets lined with Spanish Era ancestral houses offering a unique architectural mix that fuses Philippine and Oriental building designs and construction – ancient tile roofs, massive hardwood flooring, balustrades and azoteas in varying Spanish, Mexican, and Chinese architectural styles – with colonial European architecture.

As one of many tourist points of interest in the region, it is also known as the Mestizo District, which is what Vigan City is known for, as well as its cobble-stoned streets, which led to Vigan’s inscription in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Tourists can buy souvenirs or even ride a calesa (horse-drawn buggy). The Heritage Village mostly covers two streets: Plaridel and Mena Crisologo Streets.


    1. This is the tragedy of over exposing new “discoveries” of this beautiful country. Tourism dependency has it’s drawbacks 😦
      So let’s enjoy while we can and do all we can to help preserve its beauty.


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