Cebu boasts of rich history, monumental sights, breathtaking attractions, colorful festivals and other man-made and natural wonders. There are indeed so many things that can be done and places worth visiting in the province. Previously, I've listed here some of the most popular attractions and things to do in (and near) Metro Cebu. You can find many places and do many things in South Cebu. Now, here's a list of some of South Cebu's tourist spots, attractions, food to eat and things to do and experience in South Cebu.
South Cebu - Tourist Spots, Attractions and Things To Do and Experience
1. Visit Carcar ChurchAlso known as St. Catherine of Alexandra Church, it was built by the Augustinians between 1860-1875. It is quite interesting to see that the church features various influences particularly Islamic and Graeco-Roman architecture.
2. Take a look at the old houses in CarcarCarcar is known as the heritage city of Cebu; this is because of the city's well-preserved Spanish and American colonial period houses. They can be found near the church and along the national hi-way.
3. Eat Carcar's Lechon and ChicharonGo to the public market and have a taste of their mouthwatering lechon. It's one of the best lechon I've tasted. Also, buy some chicharon (pork cracklings), one of Carcar's delicacies. As they say, Carcar's chicharon is one of the best, I must agree. You can buy chicharon per kilo, you can find stalls selling freshly-cooked chicharon right along the perimeter of Carcar’s rotunda.
4. Stop by the Carcar RotundaYou wouldn't miss the rotunda as it just along the national high-way. Here you will find an intricately designed bandstand erected at the center of the rotunda.
5. Take a dip at Mantayupan Falls in BariliThe falls is approximately 200 feet high and drops on a pool-like basin. Well-paved pathways and foot bridge will lead you to the falls. An entrance fee of 30 pesos is collected at the gate. To get there, just take a single motorcycle (habal-habal) upon reaching the town proper of Barili.
6. Swim at Moalboal BeachThe town of Moalboal is located at the western side of Cebu island. It boasts of nice beach with cream-colored sand and crystal clear water. To get there, take a single motorcycle upon reaching the town proper of Moalboal.
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7. Trek and take a dip at Kawasan FallsThis is propbably the most popular falls in Cebu. Kawasan falls is located at Matutinao in the town of Badian, 130 kilometers southwest of Cebu City. To get there you have to trek for about 1.5 kilometers from the main road. So, better be prepared.
8. Visit Simala Shrine in the town of SibongaLocated in Lindogon in the town of Sibonga, Cebu, Simala Shrine is one of the most visited religious place in the province of Cebu. It is where thousands of devotees visit the shrine every week to pay homage to the miraculous Virgin Mary. To get there, just take a single motorcycle from the junction leading to Marian Hills. Fare is 20 pesos per passenger.
9. Climb Osmeña Peak in DalagueteThis is considered as the highest point in the whole province of Cebu. It offers magnificent view of multiple jagged hills of the Mantalongon Range. From the summit, a breathtaking view of long shoreline, the island of Badian, lush farm lands and view of the islands of Bohol and Negros will greet you. It is also a great site for sunset and sunrise viewing. To get there, take a bus going to Bato and alight at Dalaguete-Badian junction. From there you could take a habal-habal to the jump-off.
10. Have a taste of Torta de ArgaoA famous delicacy in the town of Argao, the torta is a must-try when visiting south Cebu. You may drop by the town or you can buy some from the vendors hopping in the buses. We had Chitang's Torta and it was good!
11. Visit Boljoon's Church, Escuela Catolica and El Gran BaluarteThe Boljoon Church is one of the oldest remaining original stone church in Cebu. It was declared a National Historical Landmark by the National Historical Institute in 1999. Adjacent the church is the Escuela Catolica built in the 1940. Also at the church's complex is the El Gran Baluarte, considered as the biggest Spanish watchtower in the Philippines built in 1808. You will not miss the church complex as it is just along the national hi-way if you're taking a bus going to Bato.
12. Visit Oslob's Church and CuartelThe church in Oslob is dedicated to the Immaculate Conception which was first erected in 1830. It is made of cut coral stones and was finished 18 years later. Also a must-visit is the Cuartel located in front of the church. This Spanish military barracks was erected by the Spaniards in 1898, and was left unfinished due to the arrival of the Americans. To get there, take a bus bound for Bato and alight at the road leading to the church.
Indeed, there are so many things that can be done in South Cebu. These are just some of the places I've visited and things I've done during my previous visits to the province of Cebu. I will definitely be back to explore more.
HOW TO GET THERE
- From Manila, take a 1-hour flight to Cebu. Major airlines flies several times daily to Cebu from Manila.
- From Mactan-Cebu Airport, make your way to the Southbound Bus Terminal via taxi or public transportation.
- Take a bus bound to any of the destinations above.
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