The many beaches and islands of Cebu make it an ideal destination for a much needed vacation getaway, but it is just as unique and interesting with the countless historical attractions you can visit in and out of the city.
At the heart of Cebu are some centuries-old tourist spots that have stood tall for many years. Before the massive infrastructure towering in the streets today, there was one in particular that played a pivotal role in Philippine history.
Fort San Pedro is the oldest and smallest fort in the Philippines, and it is one of the most famous Cebu heritage sites. It is a staple for field trips, dates, picnics, and even wedding receptions. Located in the middle of the metro, you can easily access the fort whilst visiting other famous attractions within the area.
Samboan is a small town in Southern Cebu. This place is extremely popular with the many waterfalls that make it an ideal destination for trekking and canyoneering. To get there, you will have to take a four-hour trip from Cebu City since it is found at the Southern tip of Cebu. It is a stone’s throw away from the neighboring island of Negros Occidental. It is quiet just like most Southern Cebu municipalities, except for the many tourist spots in the area.
This is a place that is also filled with a bunch of historical monuments that you can visit to learn more about the history of Cebu. The municipality houses some of the most popular historical places in Cebu province. If you want to know more about the history of Cebu as an island, this is a great place to go to.
Few places in Cebu compete with the activity that goes on atop the Marcelo B. Fernan Bridge. Many cars, bikes and motorcycles fill the lanes to rush to their desired destinations. Since 1999, this marvel of engineering and architecture has made travelling from Mactan island and back much easier. The cool breeze paired with the city’s scenic view is enough to make this a great road trip spot whether on foot or inside a car.
This 1,237m structure, along with the first Mactan-Mandaue bridge across from it, is the only way for locals from Lapu Lapu City to go to the neighboring towns in Metro Cebu onland and vice versa. Tourists will be very familiar with this cable-stayed bridge as they travel to check in their hotels, or when they go to the airport to go home.
Ferdinand Magellan’s voyage to Cebu led him to introduce Christianity to the Filipinos. Though his expedition was a success, he met his demise upon arriving at a nearby island on April 27, 1521. With improvised weapons, local chieftain Lapu-Lapu and his men defeated the invaders in what is now known as the famous Battle of Mactan.
The battle occurred on the shores of present day Punta Engaño, Lapu-Lapu City, particularly at the Mactan Shrine. Its history has made it a venue that commemorates Cebu’s new beginnings. It has summarized a long winding battle into one big tourist spot.
Cities are like people. They have their own brand of personalities. And for each city, there are probably one or two spots that encapsulate what it is about. For Cebu City, the two areas that best represent it would have to be Colon Street and Carbon Market. They may not be as posh as Cebu Business Park or IT Park, but they are definitely more memorable. What adds to their charm is you can find anything and everything Cebuano in these places.
To know how significant these landmarks are, it helps to know their history. Uncovering their past not only helps you realize how deeply ingrained Cebu City is and why they best represent the Queen City of the South.
Cebuanos are very proud of their heritage. From their food, their music, their attitude, their religion, and overall culture, Cebu heritage remains strong and proud. And all this could be traced to the city’s history.
To this day, locals and foreigners alike flock to Cebu City’s historical sites to discover facets of the city. If you are still coming up with your Cebu itinerary, your list of things to do in Cebu should include visiting these historical attractions.