Known as the Queen of the South, Cebu City in the Philippines is a very popular tourist destination. It is a modern city with great beaches and natural and historical sites. Mactan Island has beach resorts and luxury hotels, whilst the downtown area offers very good value and a much more authentic Philippines experience. These are conveniently situated near the tourist attractions and offer comfort for a very reasonable price, with excellent amenities and a high standard of accommodation.
Top Three Things to Do
1. The Taoist Temple is a must see attraction in down town Cebu. Climb the 81 steps to the top to have your fortune told and light joss sticks.
2. At the Guitar Factories on Mactan Island you can watch the guitars get made.
3. The Lapu Lapu Monument or Mactan Shrine commemorates the killing of Magellan, who was trying to convert the locals to Catholicism in 1521, by the island chieftain Lapu Lapu.
There is a range of very good restaurants in Cebu City as well as the very cheap Street food, selling Philippine delicacies. Specialities include Su TuKil which is a selection of meat and seafood bought in the market and cooked for you in a restaurant, and Lechon which is roasted suckling pig. Cuisines available in Cebu City include Chinese, Continental, Fusion, Korean, Italian and local cuisine. The best restaurants for visitors are in the Ayala Mall and IT Park.
Where to Stay: Cebu City Hotels
Accommodation in Cebu City offers hotels and resorts that will suit all budgets. There are great hotels in Cebu City for those wanting luxury either in the hub of city, on the islands or in the surrounding countryside. There are plenty of cheap Hotels in Cebu City which are clean and pleasant. There are some newly built Uptown Cebu City hotels, which are conveniently located near the shopping and restaurant areas. Some have their own spas and coffee shops.