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Cebu

Visit Spanish cathedrals, colonial buildings and ancient temples, or just enjoy the stunning beaches of one of the prettiest islands in the Philippines.

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.

Top hotels in Cebu

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Henry Hotel Cebu
The Henry Hotel Cebu
4 out of 5
No. 1 Paseo Saturnino, Maria Luisa Road, Banilad, Cebu, Cebu

Located in Banilad, this boutique hotel is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Fuente Osmena Circle and 6.4 mi (10.2 km) from Mountain View Nature's Park.

4.3/5Excellent! (311 reviews)

"Location is low noise for a good quality night sleep"…"

Reviewed on 17 Feb 2020

The Henry Hotel Cebu
St. Mark Hotel
St. Mark Hotel
3 out of 5
Queens Road, Redemptorist Plaza, Brgy, Camputhaw, Cebu, Cebu

Located in the heart of Cebu, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of USC-North Campus and Fuente Osmena Circle. Cebu Business Park and University of San Carlos ...

4.2/5Very Good! (330 reviews)

"Nice and cheap property. Excellent service and cleanliness. Would highly recommend to all tourists if you are looking for less budget and quality hotel in cebu city. All the cafe and restaurants are nearby, Seven eleven 24 hours open nearby only."…"

Reviewed on 23 Feb 2020

St. Mark Hotel
Bayfront Hotel Cebu
Bayfront Hotel Cebu
3.5 out of 5
Kaohsiung Street, North Reclamation Area, Cebu, Cebu
The price is RM211 per night

Located in North Reclamation Area, this hotel is 1.3 mi (2.2 km) from Cebu Provincial Museum.

4.1/5Very Good! (688 reviews)

"Windows outside are dusty, not good enough for taking photos of the surroundings."…"

Reviewed on 4 Feb 2020

Bayfront Hotel Cebu

Popular places to visit in Cebu

Ayala Center
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Ayala Center

4.5/5(27 reviews)

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

Magellan's Cross
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Magellan's Cross

4/5(15 reviews)

The first Catholic Filipinos were baptized on the site of this historic chapel, believed to contain the original cross planted by Ferdinand Magellan in 1521.

Heritage of Cebu Monument
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Heritage of Cebu Monument

4/5(9 reviews)

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

4/5(6 reviews)

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

4.5/5(4 reviews)

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

4.5/5(5 reviews)

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

Top things to do in Cebu

Cebu Twin CIty Tour - Car for Hire
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Cebu Twin CIty Tour - Car for Hire

RM321
Per adult
Private Half-Day Cebu City Tour
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Private Half-Day Cebu City Tour

RM411
Per adult
Cebu City and Mactan Tour - Seat in Coach
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Cebu City and Mactan Tour - Seat in Coach

80% of travellers recommend
RM155
Per adult
Private Full-Day Island Hopping Tour
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Private Full-Day Island Hopping Tour

100% of travellers recommend
RM1,795
Per adult
Oslob Whale Shark Encounter with Tumalog Falls - Shared Tour
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Oslob Whale Shark Encounter with Tumalog Falls - Shared Tour

100% of travellers recommend
RM284
Per adult
Private Panoramic Cebu City Tour with Dinner
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Private Panoramic Cebu City Tour with Dinner

RM783
Per adult

Reviews of Cebu

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4 - Good
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4 - Good 49.18032786885246%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 26.229508196721312%
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

23 Jan 2020

Cebu is a nice place with nice people.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

16 Dec 2019

We live in Cebu. We are used to it. A first timer may find it a little taxing.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

4 Dec 2019

It is a pleasant city but the traffic very congested. I now prefer to walk within the central area as at busy time with the help of Google maps it is quicker than taxis. On occasion I have had to use motorcycle pillion taxi (habal-habal).

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

23 Nov 2019

After having been to Cebu resorts on previous occasions, this visit to Cebu City was not very nice.

5/5 - Excellent

marcel

4 Nov 2019

Ive always liked cebu.its changed so much since my first trip in 1989 but has grown into a very busy and lively place to visit.always somewhere new to visit.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

4 Nov 2019

The local people are lovely and very friendly.

Lapu Lapu featuring religious aspects and heritage architecture

Lapu-Lapu

J Centre Mall

Mandaue

Colon Street which includes fashion

Colon Street