Ilocos Norte is one of the most visited places during the holy week and summer vacation. With a lot of interesting places to visit, you will surely enjoy your stay in Laoag, Ilocos Norte.
Here are some of the places you should visit during your trip.
Sinking Bell Tower
Built in 1612, the Sinking Bell Tower may be one of the first things that will catch your attention as you enter the city. This massive bell tower stands at 45 meters and is said to be one of the tallest bell towers in the country. It was coined as the sinking tower as it actually sinks into the ground at a rate of 1 inch per year as it is too heavy. Despite the sinking issue, the bell tower still continues to function at present.
La Paz Sand and Dunes
Known as Bantay Bimmaboy to the locals, this place is known as the desert of the North. If you are in for an exciting and thrilling activity, then this is for you. Experience a one of a kind adventure as you hop in a 4×4 vehicle and scream your hearts out in a rollercoaster ride.
St. Augustine Church or more commonly known as the Paoay Church was established by the Agustinian Friars in 1710. It is one of the oldest churches in the country. The church was tagged as an “Earthquake Baroque” due to its fortress-like structure and buttresses which were designed to endure earthquakes. In 1993, it was included in UNESCO’s World Heritage list as one of the best baroque churches in the country.
Fort Ilocandia Resort & Hotel
Situated in the heart of Laoag, Fort Ilocandia is the only 5-star hotel and resort in the North. Stretched on 77 hectares of land, it brags of its pristine beach which is set across the South China Sea and a swimming pool near the beach. Also featured in this hotel are their buffet restaurant and casino.
You should never leave this place without tasting their famous empanada. Unlike your usual empanada, theirs is filled with green papaya, monggo and chopped longganisa and egg and is enclosed in an orange wrapper. You will surely love it.
Now, book a ticket, pack your things and get ready for a fun and exciting vacation in Laoag. And as always, enjoy! 🙂