Dubbed the Queen City of the South, Cebu is a bustling metropolis known for its beautiful beaches and impressive historical sights. The city’s energy is very infectious. In fact, it has a very vibrant nightlife scene. And although the city is now surrounded with towering residential structures and offices, it has still managed to retain its laidback vibe. If you’re planning a trip to Cebu and wondering what to see, check out this Cebu tourist spots guide 2019.

Magellan’s Cross

The Magellan’s Cross is a significant symbol of Christianity in the Philippines. This cross was planted in March 1521 by the Portuguese and Spanish explorers who first brought Christianity in the Philippines. Thus, this tourist site plays a significant role not only in the history of Cebu but also in the entire Philippines. This cross is just right at the back of the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño, which is another popular Cebu tourist spot.

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Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu

Just like the Magellan’s Cross, the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño also plays an important role in the history of Christianity in the Philippines. Built during 1565, this church was the first-ever Catholic Church to have been established in the Philippines. This church houses the revered holy child, Santo Niño de Cebu, a baby Jesus statue that was given by Ferdinand Magellan in 1521, and is worshipped by the Roman Catholics.

 

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Casa Gorordo Museum

For a glimpse into the history of Cebu, check out the Casa Gorordo Museum, a museum that houses an interesting collection of antique furniture, ancient old paintings, costumes, and religious images. This house was bought by a Spanish merchant named Juan Isidro de Gorordo and used to be the home of the first bishop of Cebu, Juan Gorordo.

 

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Museo Sugbu

Another museum that’s worth a visit on your Cebu tour is the Museo Sugbu. The building that houses the museum has an interesting history itself. It was built in 1871 and was originally designed as a prison to accommodate criminals during the Philippine revolution. Nowadays, the museum has galleries that depict the history of Philippine politics and it also showcases various archeological facts that were excavated in Cebu way back 1600.

 

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Cebu Taoist Temple

Built in the year 1972 by the Chinese community of Cebu, the Taoist Temple is one of the most popular Cebu tourist spots. It’s an intricately designed temple that’s a mini replica of the Great Wall of China. At the top, there’s a viewing deck that opens to the gorgeous view of the entire city of Cebu. Take note that devotees and worshippers are still using this temple for prayers so you must observe silence when visiting the place.

 

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Heritage of Cebu Monument

This monument is located close to the street of Colon. The structure is a representation of Cebu’s culture, tradition, and history. Made of concrete, steel, and brass, the monument includes the Basilica del Santo Niño, Saint John the Baptist Church, the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, Magellan’s Cross, and the Spanish Galleon.

 

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Fort San Pedro

Fort San Pedro was originally built as a military defense structure during the time of the Spaniards. The original fort was made entirely of woods but was replaced with stone around the 17th century in order to drive away Muslim invaders. Nowadays, the fort houses a museum that displays old artifacts and legacies from the Spanish government. Although the structures are partly ruined, it’s still a great place to explore and a peaceful retreat away from the chaos of the busy city streets.

 

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Sirao Garden

The Sirao Garden is a vast expanse of flower gardens located in the mountainous portion of Cebu. It’s now one of the most visited Cebu tourist spots, due to its Instagram-worthy views. The colorful flowers look very fascinating especially during the flower season and will remind you of those beautiful flower gardens in the Netherlands.

 

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Sky Experience Adventure

If you’re looking for some fun and thrilling activities during your trip to Cebu, check out the Sky Experience Adventure at the rooftop of the Crown Regency Hotel. Here, you get to experience different extreme activities that include walking by the side of the building on the 38th floor. You can also try the Edge Coaster where you’ll be sitting by the edge of the building or go zip lining at the Tower Zip.

 

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Tempe of Leah

The Temple of Leah is one of the newest Cebu tourist spots and is definitely worth a visit on your trip to the city. Constructed in 2012, the massive temple consists of 24 chambers that house a museum, art gallery, bar, and library. There are also life-sized statues of Roman gladiators, angels, and lions all over the building. As you enter this magnificent temple, a wide staircase made of stone will greet you, and this will take you to the lobby where you’ll find a 10-foot statue of Leah, the woman to whom this temple was built for.

 

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As you see, there are so many interesting sights to see in Cebu, other than its beautiful beaches. If you want to fully explore the city at your own pace, renting your own car is highly recommended. This will save you a lot of time and hassle, especially since some of these sights are located a few minutes drive away from the city.