Ilocos Norte Tourist Spots: Where to go?Let’s get started. Here are the top Ilocos Norte tourist spots that you shouldn’t miss!
Sand DunesFor the best sand dunes in Luzon, check out the Paoay Sand Dunes and La Paz Sand Dunes in Laoag. Here you can sandboarding, as well as, ride a 4×4 up and down the slopes of the sands. How’s it like? It’s like riding a rollercoaster. There are pretty steep slopes and flat ones. It makes you wonder how did a place like this come to be? Rate: 4×4 adventure is at P2,500
Cape Bojeador LighthouseBuilt in 1887, the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse has been guiding ships from 1892 up to present. Yes, the thing is still working! However, going up the lighthouse is prohibited. Once you get here, don’t be surprised if the staffs are friendly. They’ll even take photos of you. They know the best poses. Entrance Fee: P20 per person
Kapurpurawan Rock FormationsKapurpurawan Rock Formations is what it is – white rock formations. It’s located in Burgos, Ilocos Norte and has been sculpted the weather and oceanic forces. The term ‘puraw’ is a local term for white. Because of the many vandals, it is prohibited to go near the rock formations. Entrance Fee: P15 per person
Bangui Wind MillsOne of the most visited Ilocos Norte tourist spots is the Bangui Wind Mills. Here you will see 20 units of wind mills along a 9 km shoreline. Yes. It’s located on a beach. Currently, it is recognized as the largest wind farm in Southeast Asia. Fees: None
Bantay Abot CaveLocated in Baloi, Ilocos Norte, the Bantay Abot Cave is one of the unique rock formations in the region. This is a small rocky hill that was wrecked by an earthquake which led to the gaping hole. When you look at it from afar, the whole hill looks like a whale. Fee: None
Blue LagoonBlue Lagoon is named as such because of its crystal blue tint. Also known as Maira-ira Point, Blue Lagoon is packed during summer. It’s sand is almost white and is considered as one of the most beautiful beaches up north. And if you’re up for some adventure, Hannah’s zipline is known to be the longest over the water zipline in the world. It’s around 1.2 kilometers long! Entrance Fee: P20 per person Zipline: P800 per person
Patapat ViaductThe Patapat Viaduct is the 4th longest bridge in the country with a length of 1.3 km. Elevated at 31 meters, this bridge was completed in 1986 and is one of the most majestic structures in Ilocos Norte. If you’re going to Cagayan from Laoag and vice versa, you’ll be passing here. Fee: FREE
Paoay ChurchAs a historical church, the Saint Augustine Church also known as Paoay church was founded by Augustinian missionaries in 1593 and has become one of the best Ilocos Norte tourist spots. Over the centuries, it was damaged during the 1706 and 1927 earthquake. The Katipuneros used the tower as an observation post during the Revolution while the Guerrillas used it during the Japanese Occupation. Fee: FREE
BatacIf you love empanada, the best place to eat it would be its origin. The delicious empanada came from Batac. And to celebrate this, the place holds an annual Batac festival on the 23rd of June. Most of the empanadas here are sold at less than P100. There are several varieties that you can try. There’s the original and a lot of other doubles. Double egg, double longanisa, and so on. Unfortunately, I was too engrossed at eating my empanada that I forgot to take a photo so I’m borrowing Pauline Saballo’s from this blog post. If you want to learn more about the Ilocos empanada, definitely check out her post. And that’s it, guys! Let me know which one is your favorite from our list of Ilocos Norte tourist spots? Did you like the article? Like and follow Wanderera on Facebook and on Instagram. Hover over the images to pin.
Johanes is a digital nomad and a web content writer who loves to go on spontaneous travels. She also likes to go camp under the stars and play with her dog and cats.