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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

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Downtown Cebu

3.5/5Good!(31 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
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Lahug

4/5Very Good!(174 area reviews)

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

Lahug
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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
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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
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Banilad

4/5Very Good!(12 area reviews)

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

Banilad
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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

Top Hotels in Cebu

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Quest Hotel & Conference Center – Cebu
Quest Hotel & Conference Center – Cebu
3 out of 5
Archbishop Reyes Avenue, Cebu, Cebu
¥5,937
per night
Mar 3 - Mar 4

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 IT ...

4.2/5Excellent! (3,982 reviews)

"I love the staff, very professional and can resolve any issue."…"

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2020

Quest Hotel & Conference Center – Cebu
The Henry Hotel Cebu
The Henry Hotel Cebu
4 out of 5
No. 1 Paseo Saturnino, Maria Luisa Road, Banilad, Cebu, Cebu
¥6,146
per night
Mar 9 - Mar 10

Located in Banilad, this boutique hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Cebu IT Park and within 3 mi (5 km) of Ayala Center and SM City Cebu. Fuente Osmena Circle and ...

4.3/5Excellent! (301 reviews)

"Location is low noise for a good quality night sleep"…"

Reviewed on Feb 17, 2020

The Henry Hotel Cebu
Bayfront Hotel Cebu
Bayfront Hotel Cebu
3.5 out of 5
Kaohsiung Street, North Reclamation Area, Cebu, Cebu
¥5,866
per night
Feb 26 - Feb 27

Located in North Reclamation Area, this spa hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of SM City Cebu, Cebu Provincial Museum, and Ayala Center.

4.1/5Very Good! (676 reviews)

"Windows outside are dusty, not good enough for taking photos of the surroundings."…"

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2020

Bayfront Hotel Cebu

Popular things to do in Cebu

Ayala Center
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Ayala Center

4.5/5(464 reviews)

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

Cebu IT Park
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Cebu IT Park

4/5(192 reviews)

Sip coffee among the green patches of this business hub, learn about the technology bubble and visit a leisure center.

Magellan's Cross
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Magellan's Cross

4/5(275 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.

Heritage of Cebu Monument
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Heritage of Cebu Monument

4/5(105 reviews)

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

Mountain View Nature's Park
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Mountain View Nature's Park

4/5(108 reviews)

Escape the bustle of the city center to enjoy the recreational activities and sweeping views of Cebu Island at this hilltop park. 

Tops Lookout
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Tops Lookout

4.5/5(89 reviews)

Enjoy a sunrise or sunset and capture photos of the city from this fort-like viewpoint on a mountain with food stalls lining its access road.

Top activities in Cebu

Cebu Island Wi-Fi Router Rental from Airports in Japan
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Cebu Island Wi-Fi Router Rental from Airports in Japan

76% of travellers recommend
¥1,680
Per adult
Oslob Whale Shark & Aguinid Falls with Lunch
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Oslob Whale Shark & Aguinid Falls with Lunch

88% of travellers recommend
¥10,884
Per adult
Mactan-Cebu Twin City Tour
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Mactan-Cebu Twin City Tour

¥9,033
Per adult
Oslob Whale Shark Encounter with Tumalog Falls - Shared Tour
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Oslob Whale Shark Encounter with Tumalog Falls - Shared Tour

100% of travellers recommend
¥7,183
Per adult
Mactan-Cebu Island Hopping with Lunch
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Mactan-Cebu Island Hopping with Lunch

¥13,496
Per adult
Private Cebu Airport - Cebu City Round-Trip Transfer
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Private Cebu Airport - Cebu City Round-Trip Transfer

¥3,122
Per adult

Reviews of Cebu

4.1

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
199
5 - Excellent 33.445378151260506%
4 - Good
302
4 - Good 50.7563025210084%
3 - Okay
77
3 - Okay 12.941176470588236%
2 - Disappointing
8
2 - Disappointing 1.3445378151260505%
1 - Terrible
9
1 - Terrible 1.5126050420168067%

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.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 5, 2020

Enjoyed hills of Cebu tour and the churches downtown. Airport is quite far from city.

4/5 - Good

koyx

Feb 4, 2020

traffic is terrible.

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

Feb 1, 2020

Disorganized, dirty