Ilocandia: Sights, sand and sea

Ilocos is such a photogenic region, and it’s a good mix too. Bits and pieces of history, culture and nature are scattered around this part of Luzon. The Bangui wind farms are a must-see. There are a lot of them spread out in other places – you’ll pass them on the road- but this set is perfectly lined up on the shore.

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The Kapurpurawan Rock formation is a striking contrast to the deep blue sea and crashing waves.

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The famous Paoay Church, dating back to 1704! Its tower was even used as an observation post during the revolution.

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Set right beside the sea, the Patapat viaduct connects Ilocos to the neighboring province of Cagayan. Because vehicles rarely pass, you can take photos right in the middle of the road! 🙂

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Cape Bojeador in Burgos was first lit in 1892 and is still being used to guide water vessels in the area. Some parts of the structure were under construction when we visited. We were only allowed up to the foot of the spiral staircase.

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Calle Crisologo in Vigan is so well-preserved, you would feel like you’ve time-traveled to a history lesson back in high school. A blast from the past of Spain’s 400-year rule in the Philippines, it’s one of the last few places with old-fashioned houses, cobblestone streets and kalesas (horse carriages) being used as mode of transportation.

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The La Paz Sand Dunes is best experienced on an exhilarating, rough but fun 4×4 ride. The sand is super fine, and it’s said to have been submerged in water in the past. It’s bound by the sea at the far end.

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.. but the real sea to watch out for is in Pagudpud, now an emerging surf spot in the north. One of famous beaches is Blue Lagoon, named such because of its distinct blue shade.

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With only a weekend to spend, squeezing in all these was worth it! Find out how we were able to do it here 🙂

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