Brush up on the island’s history at the Museo Sugbo. It’s an old prison that’s been converted into a museum. Head inside to see artifacts from pre-Spanish times right up to today. Stop by the charming Casa Gorordo Museum or the Yap Sandiego Ancestral House and head inside to see the antique furniture.

Another interesting place to visit is the Santo Nino Basilica and Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral. Here you can see religious buildings from the Spanish era. Check out Fort San Pedro and the Jesuit House for more colonial relics. Wander up to Tops, a popular observation deck, to get a great view of the city and then make your way back down to cool off in the sea. There are beaches all around the province, with the most popular ones over on Mactan Island. Waters are crystal clear and the sand soft, white, and clean.

If you want to avoid flashy resorts and pricey restaurants, head to the smaller cities and beach communities in the south. Prices are lower and locals friendlier. Be sure to drop by religious sites like the Simala Shrine and make your way inland to the stunning Kawasan and Tumalog Falls. Get even farther away from the crowds and take a trip out to one of the province’s near-deserted islands.

Cebu is a stunning destination with something to offer history buffs and leisure seekers alike. Gaze at old buildings and explore museums or just sit back on a beach and stare out at the pristine waters. It features an intriguing mixture of architectural styles and some fascinating museums. It’s also home to a well-developed tourism industry that caters to both luxury seekers and those looking for something more authentic.

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shopping, dining and dancing

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Where to stay in Cebu

Downtown Cebu
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Downtown Cebu

Cathedrals, Churches, Excursions

Downtown Cebu is a welcoming neighbourhood. The neighbourhood’s architecture and festivals are just a couple of its charming qualities. Broaden your horizons with some local cathedral.

Lahug
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Lahug

Dining, Friendly People, Shopping

Lahug is a welcoming, relaxing neighbourhood, known for being walkable and offering ample choices for restaurants and coffee shops. Broaden your horizons with some local shopping.

Mabolo
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Mabolo

Mabolo is a neighbourhood that welcomes all visitors.

Banilad
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Trover photo by Carson Tilley

Banilad

Dining, Coffee, Swimming

The Banilad neighbourhood welcomes visitors, with its convenient options for restaurants. Broaden your horizons with some local shopping.

Capitol Site
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Capitol Site

Capitol Site is a welcoming neighbourhood.

North Reclamation Area
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North Reclamation Area

North Reclamation Area is a welcoming neighbourhood.

Top hotels in Cebu

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Quest Hotel & Conference Center – Cebu
3 out of 5
Archbishop Reyes Avenue, Cebu
RM233/night
29 Jul-30 Jul
4.2/5Excellent! (3,440 reviews)

"Love proximity to Ayala Mall. Toilet paper dispenser in our room is not accessible to PWD. Need extra roll of toilet paper available."…"

Reviewed on 13 Jul,2019

Quest Hotel & Conference Center – Cebu
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Radisson Blu Cebu
5 out of 5
Serging Osmena Blvd; corner Juan Luna, Cebu
RM507/night
28 Jul-29 Jul
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,371 reviews)

"The buffet was great, staff was really nice. Mall across to exchange money was helpful"…"

Reviewed on 19 Jul,2019

Radisson Blu Cebu
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Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino
4 out of 5
1 Salinas Drive Lahug, Cebu
RM320/night
22 Jul-23 Jul
3.9/5Very Good! (2,043 reviews)

"Nice, clean, confortable rooms. Check in was not very good. Stood in a que for over 30 mins"…"

Reviewed on 28 Jun,2019

Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino

Popular things to do in Cebu

Ayala Center
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Ayala Center

Go to the cinema, peruse upmarket boutiques and wander along the paths of the landscaped gardens in this modern shopping compound.

Cebu IT Park
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Cebu IT Park

Sip coffee among the green patches of this business hub, learn about the technology bubble and visit a leisure center.

Heritage of Cebu Monument
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Heritage of Cebu Monument

Pick out the portrayals of your favorite city sights and historical moments in this mesmerizing mixed-metal public artwork.

Mountain View Nature's Park
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Mountain View Nature's Park

Escape the bustle of the city center to enjoy the recreational activities and sweeping views of Cebu Island at this hilltop park. 

Tops Lookout
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Tops Lookout

Enjoy a sunrise or sunset and capture photos of the city from this fort-like viewpoint on a mountain with food stalls lining its access road.

Philippines Taoist Temple
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Philippines Taoist Temple

Marvel at the intricate dragons and oriental décor and learn about Taoist rituals in this Chinese temple with a panoramic vista.