You step out of the concrete jungle of Manila and find yourself in a cobblestone street flanked by ancient houses of the 16th century, then, traveler, you’ve in Vigan, Philippines.
A town extensively preserved. It is in parts not so much influenced by modernization and holds a feeling of old times that you find in places where the houses and stones have their stories to tell. The place is filled with 16th-century buildings, Spanish-era street lamps. and horse-drawn carriages called “Kalesas.”
Originally it was a vital trading post at the coast catering to Spanish and Chinese merchants. The trade center for the northern part of the Philippines.
This attractive city is true to its roots, it's like visiting a long foregone era when you walk the cobblestones. For all its art and other reasons, it is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
It is the perfect illustration of what a 16th-century colonial town was. A meeting place of the merging of two cultures — Asian and European — that created magnificent architecture and culture.
Apart from all this historical stuff, it is also home to the best Ilocano food that there is to offer.
Don't stop only at Calle Crisologo, there are other historical places such as the Bantay Church Bell Tower, built in 1591 serving as the perfect vantage point for the protection of Vigan and Bantay.
Walking the streets here literally means you’re walking on or in history. So, if you want to flee for a time the realities of the modern world of Manila or elsewhere, Vigan is unquestionably the place to be.