Close up of a horse cart riding through the Spanish colonial architecture, Vigan, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Northern Luzon, Philippines, Southeast Asia, Asia

Getty Images/Robert Harding World Imagery


One of the oldest towns in the Philippines, Vigan is a Spanish Colonial fairy tale of dark-wood mansions, cobblestone streets and clattering kalesa (horse-drawn carriages). In fact, it is the finest surviving example of a Spanish Colonial town in Asia and a Unesco World Heritage site. But outside of well-restored Crisologo St (closed to vehicular traffic) and a few surrounding blocks, it’s also a noisy Filipino town like many others. In the places where history feels alive, you can smell the aroma of freshly baked empanadas wafting past antique shops, explore pottery collectives and watch sunlight flicker off capiz-shell windows.


Must-see attractions


Purchase our award-winning guidebooks

Get to the heart of Vigan with one of our in-depth, award-winning guidebooks, covering maps, itineraries, and expert guidance.