8 Must See Cebu City Tourist Spots

Cebu City, Queen of the South
Cebu City, Queen of the South

There are so many places that are worth visiting in the Philippines. If you’re coming here for the first time, you might feel perplexed as it’s hard to decide which one to go to first. After all, the Philippines is made up of 7,107 island. One of its biggest and most modern cities with still plenty of traditional sites is Cebu. In this article, we will list down the top 8 must see tourist spots in this southern area of the country.

1. Carcar Church

Carcar Church in Cebu, Philippines
Carcar Church in Cebu, Philippines

Regardless if you are the religious type or just don’t have any faith at all, the Carcar Church must pique your mind and catch your attention. I have travelled to Cebu two times and during those two occasions, I have seen this church packed with so many followers and tourists all allured with its features that are influenced by Islamic and Graeco-Roman architecture.

2. Mantayupan Falls

Mantayupan Falls, near Cebu
Mantayupan Falls, near Cebu

While in Cebu, it is great to take a dip at Mantayupan Falls in Barili. The water in the falls looks so clear and refreshing. Approximately 200 feet high, the falls drop down to a pool-like basin. Entrance fee won’t cost you much. We went there via a land transportation vehicle called habal-habal.

3. Moalboal Beach

Moalboal Beach, Cebu, Philippines
Moalboal Beach, Cebu, Philippines

The Philippines has a lot of beaches and Cebu is also blessed with one of the best. For instance, Moalboal located at the western side of the province has fine, powdery and cream sand with clear blue waters. You can certainly have fun there as we did. There are also nice cottages to stay and souvenir finds to bring home to your family.

4. Kawasan Falls

Kawasan Falls, Cebu, Philippines
Kawasan Falls, Cebu, Philippines

Another waterfall that deserves consideration is the Kawasan Falls that is located at Matutinao in the town of Badian, Cebu City. This is for me far more beautiful than the Mantayupan Falls. It’s a plus to experience trekking here with friends as you need to trek for about 1.5 km to get to the prime spot from the main road. Because of the expected exhaustion, it will be better not to bring those who have problems with the heart or the elderly. Better yet, bring lots of water for rehydration or prepare a foldable hospital bed.

5. Fort San Pedro

Fort San Pedro, Cebu
Fort San Pedro, Cebu

To appreciate and discover more of Cebu’s history, you will be happy to witness the wonderful Fort San Pedro. Situated in 1656 by Spanish and indigenous Cebuanos under the command of Miguel López de Legazpi, this fort is found in the pier area of Cebu. Be ready to be back in the past and witness the settlements of the early people in the Philippines.

6. Osmeña Peak

Osmeña Peak, the highest point in Cebu
Osmeña Peak, the highest point in Cebu

If you are into sunset and landscape photography, you will love to climb the Osmeña Peak in Dalaguete. The experience will surely be unforgettable as the journey to climbing the highest point in Cebu is so enjoyable. This is seeing nature at its finest, with lush farm lands of Bohol and Negros also viewable from the top.

7. Magellan’s Cross and Chapel

Magellan’s Cross and Chapel in Cebu
Magellan’s Cross and Chapel in Cebu

Most people say that you haven’t been really to Cebu unless you visit Magellan’s Cross along Magallanes Street. This tourist attraction may be counted as the most popular. You will be regretful if you pass by and don’t at least take a picture with the background. The Magellan’s Cross is housed in a chapel. The Cross is a Christian cross placed by explorers led by Ferdinand Magellan from Spain and Portugal. We felt ecstatic upon landing at this site as it has always been discussed during history class in school. Finally this time, we recognized the value of seeing it in actual!

8. Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral

Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral
Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral

Another historical place that is full of appeal with its rich historical background is the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral which is located in Mabini Street in Cebu. It was built in 1689 and completed in 1909. Since it was destroyed in the 2nd world war because of the bombings, it had to be reconstructed in 1950. The architecture both inside and outside looked so detailed and interesting.

Conclusion

One week may not be enough to explore and discover all the great places not to be missed when in Cebu. But if you only have a limited time, be sure to see all these in the list. Getting to Cebu only takes an hour of flight away from Manila, Philippines. To make the most out of the experience, don’t forget to buy local food and take lots of pictures!

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