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Fort San Pedro
Holiday Travel Guide

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.

Top 10 Hotels Near Fort San Pedro

Quest Hotel & Conference Center – Cebu
Quest Hotel & Conference Center – Cebu
3 out of 5
Archbishop Reyes Avenue, Cebu, Cebu
The price is RM156 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb

Situated in the shopping district, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cebu International Convention Center, Ayala Center and Cebu Business Park. Waterfront ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,991 reviews)

"Stuff very friendly awesome place to chill and relax"…"

Reviewed on 19 Dec 2020

Quest Hotel & Conference Center – Cebu
Summit Galleria Cebu
Summit Galleria Cebu
3 out of 5
Robinsons Galleria Cebu, B. Benedicto St, Corner General Maxilom Avenue, Cebu
The price is RM180 per night from 7 Feb to 8 Feb

Located in North Reclamation Area, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Robinsons Galleria Cebu and Heritage of Cebu Monument. SM City Cebu and Cebu Metropolitan ...

4.2/5Very Good! (246 reviews)

"Close to malls but I don’t like the breakfast buffet. Not enough variation."…"

Reviewed on 22 Mar 2020

Summit Galleria Cebu
8th Street Guesthouse Sto Nino Cebu
8th Street Guesthouse Sto Nino Cebu
Front DTI-Cebu Prov, Corner Osmeña Blvd and Lapu-Lapu St, Cebu, Cebu
The price is RM101 per night from 11 Feb to 12 Feb

Located in Downtown Cebu, this hostel is within a 5-minute walk of Minor Basilica of the Holy Child, Magellan's Cross and Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral. Fort San ...

8th Street Guesthouse Sto Nino Cebu
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Quest Hotel & Conference Center – Cebu
Quest Hotel & Conference Center – Cebu
3 out of 5
Archbishop Reyes Avenue, Cebu, Cebu
The price is RM156 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb
Quest Hotel & Conference Center – Cebu
Summit Galleria Cebu
Summit Galleria Cebu
3 out of 5
Robinsons Galleria Cebu, B. Benedicto St, Corner General Maxilom Avenue, Cebu
The price is RM180 per night from 7 Feb to 8 Feb
Summit Galleria Cebu
8th Street Guesthouse Sto Nino Cebu
8th Street Guesthouse Sto Nino Cebu
Front DTI-Cebu Prov, Corner Osmeña Blvd and Lapu-Lapu St, Cebu, Cebu
The price is RM101 per night from 11 Feb to 12 Feb
8th Street Guesthouse Sto Nino Cebu
Sampaguita Suites Plaza Garcia
Sampaguita Suites Plaza Garcia
2.5 out of 5
Plaza Garcia Building Magallanes St, Cebu, Cebu
Sampaguita Suites Plaza Garcia
HappyNest Hostel Cebu
HappyNest Hostel Cebu
2 out of 5
Lapu-Lapu St, Behind Toyota MJ Cuenco, Cebu, Central Visayas
HappyNest Hostel Cebu
RedDoorz near Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral
RedDoorz near Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral
2.5 out of 5
Logarta Street, San Roque, Cebu
The price is RM42 per night from 3 Feb to 4 Feb
RedDoorz near Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral
Bulacs property
Bulacs property
Plaridel street, Mandaue, Cebu, Central Visayas
Bulacs property
Radisson Blu Cebu
Radisson Blu Cebu
5 out of 5
Serging Osmena Blvd; corner Juan Luna, Cebu, Cebu
The price is RM350 per night from 28 Jan to 29 Jan
Radisson Blu Cebu
Palm Grass Hotel
Palm Grass Hotel
3 out of 5
The price is RM103 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb
Palm Grass Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.