Cebu city or also known as the Queen City of the South is one of my favorite places in the country because I have been in the city for many times. The location is close to my heart because of its rich culture and history, delectable food that is available everywhere, and lots of wonderful places to visit.
So if you are just up for a quick day tour in Cebu or you only have a limited time visiting the city, you can explore the following spots for a day.
FORT SAN PEDRO
Fort San Pedro is one of the oldest structures in Cebu city. Historically, it served as a fortress to protect the militaries from sea and land attacks. The fort is triangular in structure where its two sides are facing the sea and the other one is facing the land.
You will learn some important facts about the Philippine history from this landmark alone. There is also a mini museum to check inside the fort.
MAGELLAN’S CROSS- BASILICA DEL STO.NINO
It was March 15, 1521 when Ferdinand Magellan ordered the Portuguese and Spanish explorers to erect the Magellan’s Cross in Cebu which marked the birth of Christianity in the island.
Now, Magellan’s cross is one of the main attractions when visiting Cebu city because of its contribution to the rich history of the country.
And just within a walking distance, you will see the Basílica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebú commonly known as the Santo Niño Basilica. The church is the most famous religious icon in Cebu and one of the oldest churches in the Philippines.
The church also served as a prayer house for tourists and locals with different prayer requests and personal petitions.
SM SEASIDE CITY CEBU
If you want to rest after a half day tour, you can visit and dine in SM Seaside Cebu– the fourth largest mall in the world.
SM Seaside offers dining outlets and retail stores just in case you want to shop until you drop when you are in Cebu city.
Just located in the upper land of Cebu city at Beverly Hills Subdivision, is the island’s well-known Taoist temple. It was built by a Chinese community during the 1972. The temple is open to all tourists who would like to visit the place whether you’re a worshipper or not. Just make sure to observe and respect the orders when you are in the temple.
TEMPLE OF LEAH
More of the Roman-style aesthetics of this tourist spot, Temple of Leah is a story of love. It was an idea of Teodorico Adarna to build the temple dedicated for his wife, Leah Villa Albino-Adarna.
There are human-size and gigantic sculptures within the vicinity that will make you enjoy and appreciate the place more.
The temple also offers a picture-perfect view of Cebu city that is a great spot for your photo ops.
Sirao Garden or the “mini Amsterdam” of Cebu city is an instagram-worthy place because of its mesmerizing view of the flower plantation. There are variety of flowers in Sirao like sunflowers, hyacinths, daffodils, tulips, and more.
However, flowers are for your eyes only. So, just enjoy Sirao Garden’s wonderful place together with your friends or family.
After a long day of city trip, you can have your dinner at The Pyramid.
This Louvre Pyramid-inspired building is a Filipino restaurant and wine bar that offers delectable set of local cuisines and tasty wines.
To know more about this unique outlet, you can check my review here [LINK]
That’s our itinerary for a day tour in Cebu city. But there are still many and promising places to visit. So if you have enough time on your next trip, you can still book a flight anytime and grace again to this beautiful place in Visayas.