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Traveling to Ilocos Norte soon? Let me share some information about this beautiful province. Ilocos Norte is  located in the Ilocos Regi...

Best places to visit in Ilocos Norte

Traveling to Ilocos Norte soon? Let me share some information about this beautiful province. Ilocos Norte is  located in the Ilocos Region, facing the West Philippine Sea to the west and the Luzon Strait to the north. The province features white beaches, rugged mountains, historical churches and many more! 

If you are planning to visit Ilocos Norte, here are some of the must visit tourist destinations in the province.

Paoay Church

Paoay Church, also known The Saint Augustine Church, is a famous Roman Catholic church in the Philippines. It's also considered one of the oldest churches in the country which was started by the Augustinian friars in 1694 and completed in 1710. It was declared as a National Cultural Treasure by the Philippine government in 1973 and was then included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site’s collective group of Baroque Churches of the Philippines in 1993.

Marcos Museum and Mausoleum

Marcos Museum and Mausoleum houses  a large collection of memorabilia of the late President Ferdinand Edralin Marcos. Prior to becoming a museum, this two- storey building was the ancestral home of the Marcoses. The museum opens from Monday to Sunday, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

Bacarra Church

Bacarra Church is a Roman Catholic church located in the municipality of Bacarra. It is known for its centuries-old, domeless, leaning bell tower. The church was declared a National Historical Landmark by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines, and a National Cultural Treasure by the National Museum of the Philippines.

Malacañang of the North

If there's a Malacañang Palace in Manila, there's a Malacañang of the North in Ilocos Norte. It's a presidential museum which  was the residence of the family of Ferdinand Marcos when he was the President of the Philippines.

Bangui Wind Farm

Bangui Wind Farm is most popular tourist spots in Ilocos Norte. It's located  along a nine-kilometer shoreline off Bangui Bay, facing the West Philippine Sea. It produces around 25 megawatts and contributes nearly 40% of the provinces electrical power.

Saud Beach

If you are looking for not crowded beach in the north, Saud Beach is the right place to be. It's a stunning beach feature fine white sands, crystal clear water dotted with some coconut trees. Aside from swimming, indulge into different outdoor activities like snorkeling, diving, boating, wind surfing, beach volley ball and a lot more. Affordable air conditioned rooms are available for those who want to stay overnight. 

Cape Bojeador Lighthouse

Cape Bojeador Lighthouse, also known as Burgos Lighthouse, is a cultural heritage structure in the humble town of Burgos. This The 66-foot-tall (20 m) octagonal stone tower is set high on Vigia de Nagpartian Hill overlooking the scenic Cape Bojeador where early galleons used to sail by.

Kabigan Falls

Enjoy the icy cold water of Kabigan Falls located in Barangay Balaoi, Pagudpud. The fresh waters The cool waters cascade around 87 feet into a natural concave basin. The trail is easy which can be reached roughly 30 minutes walk from the national highway.

Kapurpurawan Rock Formation

The Kapurpurawan Rock Formation should be on your bucket list if you are planning to visit Ilocos Norte. Tucked in the coast of Burgos, Kapurpurawan Rock Formation features several rock formations with  creamy white rock surface sculpted by different oceanic and weather forces. It’s name’s root word, “puraw”, is an Ilocano word which translates to “white” because of the alabaster rock formations.

Dos Hermanos Islands

Located in the northern coast of Maira-ira Point in Pagupud, the Dos Hermanos Islands are two rock formations.  Its name was derived from the Spanish word that means two (dos) brothers (hermanos) or in tagalog “mag-kapatid na lalaki”.

Patapat Viaduct

The Patapat Viaduct is  one of the most instagrammable bridges in the Philippines. The bridge is elevated 31 meters over sea level. It is a concrete coastal bridge 1.3 km long and connects the Maharlika Highway from Ilocos Region to Cagayan Valley.

The Sinking Bell Tower

The mysterious bell tower of Laoag City continues to attract a lot of local and international tourists. St. William's Cathedral' Bell Tower is believed that this old tower is sinking at a rate of an inch a year.The bell tower still continues its purpose of ringing the bell to call the Catholic brethren to mass.

La Paz Sand Dunes

No need to fly to middle eat countries if you want to see a dessert area. Ilocos Norte has it own sandy coastal desert called  La Paz Sand Dunes. It is an 85-square-kilometer desert and beach located in Laoag City, the capital of the province of Ilocos Norte. Activities enjoy include 4X4 ride, sand surfing and photography.

Hannah's Beach Resort

Hannah's Beach Resort and Convention Center is the famous white beach resort in Ilocos Norte. It offers several air conditioned rooms with first quality amenities harmonized with the natural beauty of Blue Lagoon of Pagudpud

Where to Stay in Ilocos Norte: Palacio de Laoag, Plaza del Norte and Coonvetion Center, Viven Hotel Corporation, Saud Beach and Blue Lagoon

What to Eat in Ilocos Norte: Bagnet, Pakbet, Empanada, Langgonisa, and Tinubong.

How to Get to Ilocos Norte: From Manila, take a Partas Bus in Cubao bound for Laoag. Travel time is 10-12 hours