Attractions

Top Choice Church in Cebu City

Basilica Minore del Santo Niño

Cebu's holiest church houses a revered Flemish statuette of the Christ child (Santo Niño) that dates to Magellan's time. The church is no stranger to hardship: established in 1565 (the first church in the Philippine…
Top Choice Museum in Cebu City

Museo Sugbo

This excellent museum comprises several galleries in an sturdy old coral-stone building that was Cebu's provincial jail from 1870 to 2004. Rooms are dedicated to eras in Cebu's history. The American-era gallery cont…
Museum in Cebu City

Casa Gorordo Museum

Downtown, in a quiet residential area, this museum was originally a private home (built in the 1850s). Later it was purchased by the Gorordos, one of Cebu's leading families, and served as the residence of the archb…
Fort in Cebu City

Fort San Pedro

Established in 1565 under the command of Miguel López de Legazpi, conqueror of the Philippines, Fort San Pedro has served as an army garrison, a rebel stronghold, prison camp and the city zoo. Today's partly ruined …
Museum in Cebu City

Jumalon Butterfly Sanctuary

This impressive butterfly sanctuary, in tropical gardens surrounding the home of late founder Julian Jumalon, harbours more than 55 species, though numbers vary depending on the season. You'll receive a lecture and …
Museum in Cebu City

University of San Carlos Museum

This well-presented museum is best known for its anthropological and archaeological exhibits, including displays depicting the 16th-century practice of artificial skull deformation on infants for aesthetic reasons. …
Viewpoint in Cebu City

Tops Lookout

This viewpoint, high above the city, is best visited at sunset. Cafes (which open from 4pm) sell drinks and snacks. Some taxi drivers may refuse to tackle the steep access road so make your way to JY Square Mall in …
Historic Site in Cebu City

Magellan's Cross

Ferdinand's Catholic legacy, a large wooden cross, is housed in a stone rotunda (built in 1841). The crucifix on show is said to contain remnants from a cross Magellan planted on the shores of Cebu in 1521. A painti…
Historic Building in Cebu City

Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House

The atmospheric Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House is among the country's oldest residential homes, built around 1680 from wood and coral stone, its design combining Spanish and Chinese architectural influences. Inside th…
Market in Cebu City

Carbon Market

The sprawling Carbon Market is a boisterous, cacophonous frenzy that seemingly never sleeps. It's a local affair: expect mounds of fruit and vegetables, some handicrafts (including basketry) and a large flower secti…