Fort San Pedro

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Fort San Pedro showing a ruin

Enter the eerie triangular fortress that overlooks Cebu city’s marina, hear about its fascinating story, tour its garden and stay for sunset views.

Fort San Pedro is a fascinating defensive structure dating back to the 16th century. It was among the first military fortifications in the Philippines and was built to withstand raids by Moro pirates. Wander through the elegant walled garden and appreciate the tranquility in this quiet haven near the water.

Join a free guided tour of the small fortress to learn from the docents about its rich history. The structure spent time as a rebel base, a prison camp and a zoo. Peruse the various documents, photos and artifacts that show the fort in its former states. The collection includes paintings and sculptures from its Spanish colonists.

Enjoy the calm setting here that takes you away from the rush of the city center. The fort’s pretty walled garden has a wishing well. See impressive cannons remaining from the initial 14 emplacements.

The initial fort was built from wood, before the current stone incarnation replaced it in the 18th century. Identify the herbs, spices and other plants now grown in the garden by the Cebu Garden Club. Some plants have been selected to attract butterflies. Stand quietly to watch their colorful flutterings.

Relax across the street in the large Plaza Independencia and inspect the sculptures and flowers dotted around a grassy park. A tall obelisk rises from the center of the park. Capture photos of the changing hues of the sky as the sun descends over the fortress and the bay. Climb to the roof of the fort for the best views of the park and the surrounding area.

The site opens to visitors daily from morning to evening. Pay a small fee to enter and get discounts for students and seniors.

Fort San Pedro is located in the southeastern part of the city overlooking the harbor. It stands beside Plaza Independencia and is near the Minor Basilica of the Holy Child and the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral. Take a bus or jeepney to Pier 1 or La Nueva and walk to the fortress.

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8th Street Guesthouse Sto Nino Cebu
8th Street Guesthouse Sto Nino Cebu
2.5 out of 5
Front DTI-Cebu Prov, Corner Osmeña Blvd and Lapu-Lapu St, Cebu, Cebu
The price is RM101 per night from 17 Oct to 17 Oct
Located in Downtown Cebu, this hostel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Minor Basilica of the Holy Child and 1.5 mi (2.3 km) from Fuente Osmena Circle. Magellan's Cross ...
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Castle Peak Hotel
Castle Peak Hotel
3 out of 5
F. Cabahug corner President Quezon St, Villa Aurora, Mabolo, Cebu, Cebu
The price is RM122 per night from 30 Sep to 30 Sep
Located in the heart of Cebu, this spa hotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Carmelite Monastery and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Fuente Osmena Circle. IEC Pavillon and Cebu ...
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Diamond Suites And Residences
Diamond Suites And Residences
3 out of 5
No. 8 Apitong, Corner of Escario Street, Cebu, Cebu
Located in the heart of Cebu, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cebu International Convention Center, Ayala Center and Cebu Business Park. Fuente Osmena ...
3.6/5Good! (425 reviews)
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Reviewed on 22 Mar 2020

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8th Street Guesthouse Sto Nino Cebu
8th Street Guesthouse Sto Nino Cebu
2.5 out of 5
Front DTI-Cebu Prov, Corner Osmeña Blvd and Lapu-Lapu St, Cebu, Cebu
The price is RM101 per night from 17 Oct to 17 Oct
8th Street Guesthouse Sto Nino Cebu
Castle Peak Hotel
Castle Peak Hotel
3 out of 5
F. Cabahug corner President Quezon St, Villa Aurora, Mabolo, Cebu, Cebu
The price is RM122 per night from 30 Sep to 30 Sep
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Diamond Suites And Residences
Diamond Suites And Residences
3 out of 5
No. 8 Apitong, Corner of Escario Street, Cebu, Cebu
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Sampaguita Suites Plaza Garcia
Sampaguita Suites Plaza Garcia
2.5 out of 5
Plaza Garcia Building Magallanes St, Cebu, Cebu
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HappyNest Hostel Cebu
HappyNest Hostel Cebu
2 out of 5
Lapu-Lapu St, Behind Toyota MJ Cuenco, Cebu, Central Visayas
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RedDoorz near Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral
RedDoorz near Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral
2.5 out of 5
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One Central Hotel
One Central Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Corner Sanciangko and Leon Kilat Street, Cebu, Cebu
The price is RM127 per night from 25 Sep to 25 Sep
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Palm Grass Hotel
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The price is RM144 per night from 25 Sep to 25 Sep
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