[[Image:Cobblestone street - Vigan - Philippines.jpg|thumb|300px|Cobblestone street in Vigan]]
'''Vigan''' is in Northern [[Luzon]]. Its Spanish colonial influence in local architecture and old-world charm make it a unique city in the [[Philippines]].
In pre-colonial times, Vigan was an important trading post for Chinese junks, trading gold beeswax and other products from the central Cordilleras for exotic Asian goods. Many Chinese traders settled in the ''mestizo'' district, marrying locals and starting new bloodlines.
Vigan is a relatively small city with two hearts: the recreational and shopping area around the adjacent Plaza Salcedo and Plaza Burgos in the north, and the commercial centre around the public market in the south. The '''mestizo district''' is focused along Plaridel and Mena Crisologo Streets, running south from Plaza Burgos towards the cemetery.
===By bus or car===
It's seven to ten hours' drive along the scenic Ilocos Highway from [[Manila]] to Vigan. Partas Bus Co., Dominion Bus Lines, Viron Transit, and St. Joseph/Aniceto Transit have regular trips to Vigan. Bus lines like Philippine Rabbit Bus Line, Farinas Transit, Maria de Leon, Florida, and RCJ Transit have regular trips plying the Manila-[[Laoag]] route, which passes by Vigan.
A fun throwback to colonial days are the '''''calesa''''' horse-drawn carriages that still clip-clop through Vigan's streets. Rates for ''calesa'' rides should be the same as those for the many '''tricycles''' (P8-P10 within the city limits) that will undoubtedly by vying for your custom. But you could also hire a private calesa for around
150php per hour. Unless you're absolutely sure you have a tour guide that will give you in depth information about the sites you're visiting, A whole day calesa adventure for about 1000 (roughly 6-7 hours) would be advisable. You can take your time visiting the sites and not being rushed by a guide, as well as picking and choosing the areas you want to visit.
* Take a swim at the nearby '''Mindoro Beach Resort'''.
* Visit '''Baluarte''', the governor's fortress. It also features a mini zoo with exotic animals and you can get a free ride with the small horses.
* Try your hand at pottery. Vigan's '''Pagburnayan''' makes burnay jars which are made of
sand and fire-blasted in a huge kiln.* Ride a ''' calesa''', a horse-drawn carriage, around Vigan and the surrounding towns.
* Witness old women weave '''abel''' at Camangaan.
* Visit '''St. Augustine Church''' in nearby Bantay and climb up its belfry to get a breath-taking view of the town.
There are dozens of antique and souvenir shops dotted about the city, particularly on Crisologo and Plaridel Streets in the ''mestizo'' district. Although most of the antiques are only reproductions, you'll still enjoy browsing odd items, religious paraphernalia (look out for the toddler Jesus figurines) and some unique foods. You can also buy hand-rolled cigars, sold in packs of three.
==Eat and Drink==
Popular snack stands along Plaza Burgos serve up a variety of local treats, among others, like:
*''sinanglao'' (soup made from beef innards)
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*'''Gordion Hotel''', V. delos Reyes corner Salcedo Sts. 2700 Vigan City, Ilocos Sur, Philippines Manila Line: (02) 246-1502 Phone:(077)-722-2526 / 722-2565 Mobile Phone: 09088915612 / 0922-878-4657 Email Address: [email protected] Website: http://www.vigangordionhotel.com Check in at 1PM Checkout at 12Noon Room Rates start at Php 2000 per night with breakfast for 2. A hotel set in and around an ancestral home, located right at the heart of Vigan City--UNESCO World Heritage Village. It is the only twin ancestral house with a courtyard and romantic ruins, where old touches like furnishings and memorabilia from another era perfectly complement the comfortable modern day amenities for sleeping or unwinding. Tour Packages available. Affiliated with Gordion Travel and Tours
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* '''Grandpa's Inn''' (''1 Bonifacio St. cor. Quirino Blvd; phone: (6377)722-2118; fax: (6377)722-1446; email: [email protected]; rooms from P500'') is in a charming old residence and is also one of the cheapest options in town. The downstairs restaurant serves good food (from P60) and even espresso (P35).
*'''Taj Resort''', Pantay daya, Vigan, (077)722-7476.
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*'''La Feliza Tourist Inn''', # 8 V. delos Reyes St., (077)-722-2994.
*'''Cordillera Inn''', Crisologo St., (077)-722-2727
*'''Fernandina Hotel & Restaurant''', 26 A. Mabini St., ( 077) -722-2964.
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