Top 14 Must-see Sights in Ilocos Norte

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Ilocos Norte is a province I recently visited, and I must tell you that it is a veritable treasure trove of breathtaking views and thrilling activities. Ilocos Norte is home to everything, including stunning beaches and ancient sites. With that, here are my Top 14 must-see sights in Ilocos Norte:

1. Pagudpud Welcome Arch

A well-known landmark and the gateway to the lovely town of Pagudpud in Ilocos Norte is the Pagudpud Welcome Arch. With the words “Welcome to Pagudpud” engraved in large letters on the arch, it stands tall and proud, making it the ideal location for photos and memory-keeping. The arch represents the welcoming nature and friendly hospitality of the Pagudpud people.

2. Paoay Church

The Paoay Church is among Ilocos Norte’s most popular tourist attractions. A testament to the nation’s rich cultural heritage, this centuries-old church is a work of art in architecture. It’s a stunning facade, and the exquisite architecture is astounding.

3. Cape Bojeador Lighthouse

The Cape Bojeador Lighthouse is another Ilocos Norte attraction that shouldn’t be missed. A beautiful view of the coastline and the vast ocean beyond is provided by this towering structure.

4. Sand Dunes

A trip to the Ilocos Norte Sand Dunes is a must if you’re looking for adventure. You can try sandboarding or riding a 4×4 vehicle on the dunes for an adrenaline thrill.

6. Kapurpurawan Rock Formation

A must-see natural wonder is the Kapurpurawan Rock Formation. The stunning environment that results from the limestone rock formations is ideal for photography.

7. Malacañang of the North

A trip to Malacaang of the North is a must if you’re interested in Philippine history. Former President Ferdinand Marcos’ and his family’s official residence was this mansion. It has now been transformed into a museum that displays the nation’s political history.

8. Baluarte Zoo

Visitors can view various animals, including tigers, zebras, and bears, at the Baluarte Zoo, an animal sanctuary.

9. Kabigan Falls

Kabigan Falls is a well-kept secret. The waterfalls are encircled by luxuriant vegetation and provide a cooling swimming experience.

10. Patapat Viaduct

The Patapat Viaduct is one of Ilocos Norte’s most scenic drives. Awe-inspiring views of the seas and mountains may be seen from this coastal road.

11. Calle Crisologo

Another must-see site in the town of Vigan is Calle Crisologo. Colonial-era homes that have been kept intact for many years line the street.

12. Bantay Abot Cave

A natural wonder that is worth visiting is Bantay Abot Cave. The large hole at the top of the cave, through which sunlight enters and illuminates the interior, gives it its name.

13. Paraiso ni Anton

This resting point offers a small shrine and a cascading spring with purportedly healing waters.

14. Blue Lagoon at Balaoi

Every traveler’s itinerary should include a stop at the breathtaking Blue Lagoon in Balaoi, Ilocos Norte. The picture-perfect scene created by the pristine waters and powdery-white sand will wow you. The beach is ideal for water activities and swimming.

We enjoyed staying at Jay Henry’s Transient House in Ilocos Norte. This welcoming and comfortable transient house is ideally close to the province’s top tourist attractions, making it a great place to stay.

Ilocos Norte is a province that, all in all, has a variety of tourist attractions to suit different interests. This province is home to both natural and historical wonders. Ilocos Norte should be at the top of your list if you’re seeking a spot to travel to the Philippines.


Lorence Laudenio

Lorence is an IT grad who loves to travel. He shares tech updates, trends, and his travel journey, aiming to inspire others by blending his passions.

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