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Top 10 Things to Do in Iloilo -Ten Best Activities to Enjoy in Iloilo

As one of the most dynamic cities, Iloilo is a breathtaking holiday destination for the masses. Here are 10 ways to make the most of your time in this vibrant part of the Philippines.


Take a Trip Back in Time

Often regarded as a rite of passage for all first-time visitors, a tour of Calle Real is akin to a walk back in time to Iloilo of the 1800s. Home to some of the city's most resplendent Commonwealth period buildings, the beautifully restored surroundings of Plaza Libertad and JM Basa Street offers visitors a look at retro Iloilo in all its splendour. A Mecca for photographers and history buffs, the area truly captures the golden era of Iloilo and the cultural heritage of this dynamic Philippine district.


Walk along the Riverside

The scenic Iloilo River Esplanade is not only one of the area's prime recreational spots but one of the best places to experience the beauty of Iloilo in a tranquil environment. With dedicated paths for biking, jogging and walking, the well-maintained waterfront recreational hub is the ideal venue to people-watch while enjoying a cup of coffee or tea from the many cafes in the immediate vicinity. As a part of the city where local families congregate, the calming riverside esplanade is also the best place to catch the sunrise or sunset when in town.


Dig into Local Delicacies

No trip to Iloilo would be complete without digging into a delicious bowl of La Paz Batchoy, made the traditional way. This beloved noodle soup made with crushed chicharron, eggs, beef loin and spring onions may hail from the La Paz district for which it is named but Iloilo's La Paz Public Market remains the best place to sample the delicacy.


Witness the Dinagyang Festival

Those who are visiting Iloilo during the month of January should not miss the chance to take part in the colourful Dinagyang Festival. As one of the biggest celebrations in the country, this hallowed event marks the heritage and religious identity of Ilonggos. Known for its over the top processions, parades and entertainment items, the streets of Ilonggos Iloilo come alive to a cacophony of sights and sounds during this red-letter event in the local calendar. Tourists based at Citadines Amigo Iloilo or any other centrally located apartment in Iloilo City will be able to catch a glimpse of the festivities from their room windows.


Party in Smallville

Although Philippine provinces are rarely associated with a great nightlife scene, Iloilo is clearly the exception as proved by the Smallville Complex. With a booming club scene, the venue remains the hippest nightlife hub in Iloilo City. Home to several bars, restaurants, discos and karaoke lounges, the locale caters to partygoers of all ages in a serene setting that's bound to attract visitors to frequent the complex more than once.


Tour the Iconic Miagao Church

As the most renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site in the area, a tour of Miagao Church is a must for all travellers heading to Iloilo. Dating back to 1797, the iconic church with its dense walls protected the populace from Moro invasions.

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