What to See in Ilocos Norte?

Ilocos Norte is one of the provinces in the Philippines that offer a lot of beautiful attractions and historical sites. Very far from Manila, but it’s all worth it once you start exploring.

Make sure to see these places when you visit the province. 

Paoay Church (St. Augustine Catholic Parish Church)

Formally called St. Augustine Catholic Parish Church, Paoay church is one of the oldest churches in the Philippines and inscribed as UNESCO’s World Heritage list...read more>> 

The Sinking Bell Tower of Laoag
This centuries old 45m bell tower is the first thing you'll see when you arrive at Laoag's town proper.  Reputed to be the most solid, massive and tallest tower in the Philippines...read more>>

Laoag Cathedral (Saint William Metropolitan Cathedral)
Another reason I want to come back in Ilocos Norte is this church.  Also known as St. Augustine Catholic Parish Church, one of the biggest and oldest churches in the country...read more>>

Malacanang of the North
This beautiful house of two-storey sits on a five-hectare property with a magnificent view of Paoay Lake.  It has grand living rooms; seven bedrooms, an expansive terrace and a beautiful garden overlooking the lake...read more>>

Paoay Lake 
Paoay Lake is declared as a National Park in 1978 and locally called dakkel danum, which means large body of water.  It is a legendary lake because of the interesting and enchanting history passed upon by forefathers to present generations...read more>>

Batac Church (Immaculate Concepcion Parish Church)
This is the church of the former President Ferdinand Marcos' birthplace. One of its priors wrote the "Relacion", retelling Diego Silang's rise against the Spaniards...read more>>

Marcos Museum & Mausoleum
This museum is where you will find both memorabilia storage and the current resting place of former President Ferdinand Marcos.  It is situated in the heart of Batac City, Ilocos Norte...read more>>

Paoay Sand Dunes (La Paz Sand Dunes)
This national geological monument expands from the boundary of Currimao and Paoay to La Paz in Laoag City.  The scenery going to this place is not that pretty but when you get to see the sand dunes...read more>>

Sarrat Church (Santa Monica Parish Church)
Originally known as San Miguel Church, this church is renowned as the largest church in Ilocos Norte.  What interest me most of this church is the bell tower, standing proudly just beside the church...read more>> 

Cape Bojeador Lighthouse (Burgos Lighthouse)

This lighthouse is a cultural structure located at Burgos, Ilocos NOrte. This is not the tallest lighthouse in the country like what others believe,  but it is however the most accessible lighthouse in Luzon...read more>>

Kapurpurawan Rock Formation
Is a formation created by forces of the ocean on the rocky coast of Burgos, located just a few minutes further from the lighthouse...read more>>

Bangui Wind Farm (Bangui Windmills)
Is the first wind generating farm in the Southeast Asia. This was built due to insufficient power provided by National Power Corporation in the province. What amazes me when I saw first saw these, was how...read more>> 

Patapat Viaduct
Patapat Viaduct is a coastal bridge connecting Ilocos Norte and Cagayan Valey Region. It's really amazing to see this snake-like bridge in between the ocean and the mountains. It's the 4th longest bridge in the country...read more>>

Blue Lagoon, Pagudpud
We were not able to explore more of Pudpud because we don't have much time.  We only visited the Blue Lagoon, had a dip, sleep then went home...read more>>

If you are planning on visiting Ilocos Norte, make sure you have a lot of time, so you'll enjoy to the fullest.  And you will be able to see a lot of tourist attractions.


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