Where to Stay in Cebu Philippines?
Wot about an island escape to the beautiful Philippines? Bypass the hustle and bustle of Manila and settle for something a bit more laidback in our Cebu accommodation. The island of Cebu is a gateway to exploring the surrounding islands of the Visayan region and Cebu City is the second largest city in the Philippines, so you'll have plenty to do while you're here.
Cebu is considered the oldest city in the Philippines and was thriving as a port city well before the Spaniards arrived in 1521. The Spanish conquest was fierce and in 1565, Cebu came under Spanish rule. The rest of the nation quickly followed and most of the population converted to Catholicism. Although the country is no longer Spanish terrain, Catholicism still runs through the Filipino people's veins.
Things to do
When you arrive, you'll land at the Cebu Mactan Airport in Lapu Lapu. If you're not groggy from jet lag, you can pay a visit to the Lapu Lapu Shrine. The statue was erected in honour of Datu Lapu Lapu, a local warrior who killed Spanish invader, Ferdinand Magellan. Make a beeline for Magellan's Cross, which has been standing since the Spanish explorer arrived in 1521. While you're here, you'll notice the candles at the foot of the cross but make sure you look up to admire the ceiling painting too, which depicts Magellan's landing in Cebu. When you’re done there, head to the Basilica Minor del Santo Niño where you'll see the carved replica of Santo Niño, brought over by Ferdinand Magellan and considered Cebu's patron saint. If you're in Cebu in January, you'll be able to take part in the massive street parade dedicated to Santo Niño, the incredible Sinulog Fiesta! After seeing the main sights of the city, wot about testing Lady Luck at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino? If gambling’s not your thing head to the top floor of the Crown Regency Hotel and go for a sky-high walk around the edge of the building. If you're still feeling dare-devilish, you can give the Edge Coaster a go. Strap yourself in and get ready to be tilted over the side of the Crown Regency from 38 floors up – just don't look down!
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