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Visit Spanish cathedrals, colonial buildings and ancient temples, or just enjoy the stunning beaches of one of the prettiest islands in the Philippines.

Enjoy authentic markets, beautiful beaches and delicious food on the Phillippine Island of Cebu.

Walk around the streets of Cebu City and take in the sights, smells, and atmosphere of the island’s economic and cultural center. You’ll find markets, old colonial buildings, and some great food.

Brush up on the island’s history at the Museo Sugbo. It’s an old prison that’s been converted into a museum. Head inside to see artifacts from pre-Spanish times right up to today. Stop by the charming Casa Gorordo Museum or the Yap Sandiego Ancestral House and head inside to see the antique furniture.

Another interesting place to visit is the Santo Nino Basilica and Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral. Here you can see religious buildings from the Spanish era. Check out Fort San Pedro and the Jesuit House for more colonial relics. Wander up to Tops, a popular observation deck, to get a great view of the city and then make your way back down to cool off in the sea. There are beaches all around the province, with the most popular ones over on Mactan Island. Waters are crystal clear and the sand soft, white, and clean.

If you want to avoid flashy resorts and pricey restaurants, head to the smaller cities and beach communities in the south. Prices are lower and locals friendlier. Be sure to drop by religious sites like the Simala Shrine and make your way inland to the stunning Kawasan and Tumalog Falls. Get even farther away from the crowds and take a trip out to one of the province’s near-deserted islands.

Cebu is a stunning destination with something to offer history buffs and leisure seekers alike. Gaze at old buildings and explore museums or just sit back on a beach and stare out at the pristine waters. It features an intriguing mixture of architectural styles and some fascinating museums. It’s also home to a well-developed tourism industry that caters to both luxury seekers and those looking for something more authentic.

Where to stay in Cebu

Cebu City which includes a statue or sculpture

Downtown Cebu

3.5/5Good!(32 area reviews)

Downtown Cebu is noteworthy for its churches, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral and Magellan's Cross.

Downtown Cebu
Philippines Taoist Temple showing a temple or place of worship and religious elements

Lahug

4/5Very Good!(178 area reviews)

Lahug is known for its abundant dining options, and you can plan a trip to Philippines Taoist Temple and Waterfront Cebu City Casino while you're in town.

Lahug
Carmelite Monastery which includes a statue or sculpture

Mabolo

3.5/5Good!(19 area reviews)

Though Mabolo might not have many top sights, you can venture to the surrounding area to see attractions like SM City Cebu and Ayala Center.

Mabolo
Cebu showing a luxury hotel or resort, tropical scenes and a beach

Capitol Site

3.5/5Good!(25 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Capitol Site, Fuente Osmena Circle and Jose Rizal Memorial Library are top sights worth seeing.

Capitol Site
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Banilad

4/5Very Good!(13 area reviews)

Restaurants and shopping are notable features of Banilad. You might consider a stop by Streetscape Mall Cebu while you're exploring the neighborhood.

Banilad
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Guadalupe

3.5/5Good!(8 area reviews)

While Guadalupe isn't home to many top sights, Fuente Osmena Circle and Philippines Taoist Temple are some notable places to visit nearby.

Guadalupe

Top Hotels in Cebu

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Best Western Plus Lex Cebu
Best Western Plus Lex Cebu
4 out of 5
Escario Street Cor Juana Osmena Ext, Cebu, Cebu

Located in the heart of Cebu, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St Patrick’s Square, Cebu Doctor's University Hospital, and Mango Square. Fuente Osmena ...

4.3/5Excellent! (998 reviews)
Great breakfast buffet

"Was a bit disappointed in the service/ food in the restaurant for dinner... buffet breakfast ( included with booking) was amazing and service was excellent in the morning"…"

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2020

Best Western Plus Lex Cebu
Quest Hotel & Conference Center – Cebu
Quest Hotel & Conference Center – Cebu
3 out of 5
Archbishop Reyes Avenue, Cebu, Cebu
The price is ¥6,042 per night

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

4.3/5Excellent! (2,199 reviews)
Great during lockdown

"Great service during a bad time! Corona virus lockdown"…"

Reviewed on Mar 25, 2020

Quest Hotel & Conference Center – Cebu
Harolds Hotel
Harolds Hotel
3.5 out of 5
146 Gorordo Ave Cor, Rosal St, Cebu, Cebu
The price is ¥7,332 per night

Situated in a shopping district, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Cebu International Convention Center, Ayala Center, and Cebu Business Park. Fuente ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (770 reviews)
Awesome!

"Superb! Super worth your money. I'll stay again in this hotel when i go to Cebu!😉"…"

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2020

Harolds Hotel

Popular places to visit in Cebu

Ayala Center
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Ayala Center

4.5/5(478 reviews)

Go to the cinema, peruse upmarket boutiques and wander along the paths of the landscaped gardens in this modern shopping compound.

Magellan's Cross
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Magellan's Cross

4/5(282 reviews)

The first Catholic Filipinos were baptized on the site of this historic chapel, believed to contain the original cross planted by Ferdinand Magellan in 1521.

Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral
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Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral

4.5/5(57 reviews)

Learn the intriguing history and admire the whitewashed façade of this cathedral that is the heart of Catholic pride in Cebu.

Philippines Taoist Temple
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Philippines Taoist Temple

4/5(91 reviews)

Marvel at the intricate dragons and oriental décor and learn about Taoist rituals in this Chinese temple with a panoramic vista.

Fort San Pedro
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Fort San Pedro

4/5(89 reviews)

Enter the eerie triangular fortress that overlooks Cebu city’s marina, hear about its fascinating story, tour its garden and stay for sunset views.

Heritage of Cebu Monument
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Heritage of Cebu Monument

4/5(108 reviews)

Pick out the portrayals of your favorite city sights and historical moments in this mesmerizing mixed-metal public artwork.

Top things to do in Cebu

Guided Full-Day Bohol Island Tour
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Guided Full-Day Bohol Island Tour

¥28,843
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Cebu Kawasan Waterfalls & Moalboal Sardines Journey
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Cebu Kawasan Waterfalls & Moalboal Sardines Journey

¥23,665
Per adult
Cebu-Bohol Day Tour
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Cebu-Bohol Day Tour

¥10,518
Per adult
Private Cebu Island-Hopping Tour with Lunch
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Private Cebu Island-Hopping Tour with Lunch

¥12,781
Per adult
Private Full-Day Bohol Tour
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Private Full-Day Bohol Tour

¥40,782
Per adult
Bluewater Sumilon Day Pass
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Bluewater Sumilon Day Pass

¥7,410
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Cebu

4.1

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
206
5 - Excellent 33.715220949263504%
4 - Good
306
4 - Good 50.08183306055646%
3 - Okay
82
3 - Okay 13.420621931260229%
2 - Disappointing
8
2 - Disappointing 1.309328968903437%
1 - Terrible
9
1 - Terrible 1.4729950900163666%

4/5 - Good

Will&Sherry

Apr 20, 2020

Cebu is a nice Philipino City,,,, But Like most Filipino Cities traffic very bad,, pollution at traffic times very bad on the street. The Montebello Villa Hotel Was Quite & Air to Breath good... only blocks away from the the noisy & city bussell...

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Mar 23, 2020

It felt safe

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 28, 2020

Cebu is a mini Manilla. Crowed but nice people and very safe.

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

Feb 18, 2020

Traffic is horrible!!!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 10, 2020

Love it!!!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 9, 2020

I LOVE CEBU!!!I wish to call it home some day.It once was.

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