Top 5 Cebu Attractions

Top 5 Cebu Attractions

City: Cebu
State: Central Visayas
Country: Philippines

The 2nd largest city in the Philippines, Cebu / Cebu City is a significant center of commerce, trade, and education within Central Philippines. The oldest city in the country, Cebu City / Cebu is also the main domestic shipping port. Despite its long history and status as a significant cultural center, actual tourist attractions within Cebu / Cebu City are surprisingly few.

Here are the Top 5 Tourist Attractions to visit in Cebu, all of which hold important cultural or historical significance. All these are permanent locations which can be visited and viewed at any time throughout the year.

1. Basilica Of Santo Nino


The Basilica Of Santo Nino is the oldest church in the Philippines, and is recognised in Cebu as the birthplace of Catholicism. A museum here has antique relics on display, such as century-old furniture, priestly vestments, toys, and statues. Architecture of the building is a mix of Muslim, Romanesque, and Neo-Classical design features, while the beautiful frescoes and stained glass windows invoke a sense of awe in pilgrims who visit. On the 3rd Sunday of January, the annual Sinulog Festival is held here.

2. Magellan’s Cross

Said to be planted by the Spanish when they first arrived in Cebu, in the Philippines, in 1521, Magellan’s Cross is housed in a small chapel in front of the current city hall. It is an iconic landmark of the city, and legend says it has healing powers. There is a beautiful mural on the chapel's ceiling, and a visit only takes a few minutes.

3. Museo Sugbo / Cebu Provincial Museum

The Museo Sugbo / Cebu Provincial Museum is among the more well curated and interesting museums within the Philippines, with a total of 10 galleries. These trace over a thousand years of history, from the stone age till the modern era, covering periods as diverse as the Spanish conquest, the Japanese invasion and subsequent liberation by the Allies, the early development of the country, archeological artifacts, portraits, and more. You can even make a wish at the Well of Wisdom, Love and Good Fortune!

4. Fort San Pedro

Fort San Pedro is a defunct Spanish military fort near the port of Cebu, and is the smallest fortress in the Philippines. The unique triangular-shaped fort has 3 bastions (La Concepcion, Ignacio De Loyola, and San Miguel), and houses a museum with exhibits such as Spanish documents, weapons, paintings, and sculptures. There's also an open air theater and a park here, which is a great setting for catching the sunset.

5. Jose R. Gullas Halad Museum

The Jose R. Gullas Halad Museum is a musically-themed museum, created to pay homage to the musical culture and history of both Cebu and the Philippines. It houses a variety of Cebuano and Visayan musical treasures and memorabilia, ranging from traditional musical instruments, lyric sheets, and composer photographs, to modern turntables and interactive digital music booths. There's also a gallery dedicated to the life of the museum's founder.