Fort San Pedro
This is one of the rich historical legacy in Cebu which is located in the Pier Area of Cebu City. It is the oldest and smallest triangular-bastion fort in the country that was built in the year 1738 by Spaniards and indigenous Cebuano laborers. It served as military defense and was the focal point of Spanish settlement. It also served as a stronghold for Filipino revolutionaries. At present, part of the fort is a museum. A large statue of Legazpi and Antonio Pigafetta may be seen outside the fort walls and inside it were legacies of the Spanish government. It has well preserved artifacts such as Spanish document, paintings and sculpture. These days it served as a historical park and a famous venue for prenuptial pictures or wedding receptions at that.
A trip to Cebu is not complete without a walk down Colon Street. While at a glance, this crumbling stretch of sidewalk may look dull but come a little closer and you will discover that there is much to see, do and taste.
Lined with markets selling colorful backpacks, jewelry, clothing, and shoes, this street makes for a great place to buy your souvenirs. Do not be afraid to engage in some friendly haggling with smiley vendors. You can try yummy street food, mingle with the locals, and take some awesome photos on Colon Street.
If you want peace and serenity amidst the frenzied hurly-burly of the city life, you can have your sweet escape in the beautiful island of Sumilon which provides a tranquil refuge. It has a lush tropical environment with several white sand beaches, a lagoon, a hiking trail with breathtaking panoramic views, a lighthouse, historical watchtower (baluarte), cave and other resort facilities including a swimming pool that overlooks the island of Cebu.
It is 125 kilometers from Cebu City and is in close proximity to Dumaguete. It can be reached by car or a Ceres bus with a south route, a three hour drive from Cebu City to Bancogon pier in Oslob town and from there, a 15-30 minute boat ride to the island. The boat ride is provided by the resort.
SM Mall Cebu
If you want to experience life as a local, step into one of the most popular shopping malls in Cebu. SM Mall is a great place to take your kids to get out of the heat for a couple of hours with lots of activities. There is an ice-skating rink, children’s playground, and arcade where you can rack up tickets to win all sorts of prizes. Not to mention, SM Mall is located directly on the coast that offers gorgeous, unobstructed views of the water- perfect for a family photo.
Taboan Public Market
Whether you are in the mood to taste or just to look, you can find a wide array of dried fruits, seafood, meat, and nuts at Taboan Public Market. Every day, locals come from all around the city to collect these ingredients for family recipes and casual snacks. As this is a local market, not many items will be tagged with a price. Keep your wits about you when bartering and haggling to be sure you get a fair deal.
Tops Lookout is a relaxing spot located 600 meters above Cebu City and is the perfect place for anyone to get a good, full view of Cebu’s panoramic skyline. Best visited at sunset, this excellent sightseeing spot offers a breathtaking view of the Mactan Bridge and neighbouring islands. It is surely worth the ride to the top to enjoy the view and amenities of the stone-walled park. There are cafes and picnic areas for those who would like to stay longer and appreciate the view. At night, it gets quite chilly so better bring a jacket with you.