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Cebu City

Mabuhay Cebu City!

Cebu City is an urban city growing into the center trade, commerce and tourism of the Philippines, especially since the opening of the International Airport of Mactan-Cebu. Located in the Visayas region, locals speak Cebuano but also Tagalog and currently English.

Cebu is a big island ?

Cebu is a big island that you can explore in 3 stages: the city of Cebu, the South and the North of Cebu. It is the ideal place that offers the best of both worlds: tropical life and urban life.

In this article, we will make you explore the city of Cebu City! However, Cebu is a busy city known for its many traffic jams. So, avoid rush hours and take the time to go out and explore the hidden treasures of the island!

From historic sites such as the Magellan Cross, the Temple of Leah and the Basilico of Santo Nino and the Fort San Pedro,  where Spanish settlers first landed to instagrammable spots like the TOPS view on Cebu City and the Strawberry EcoFarm, you will discover a whole new aspect of the Filipino culture and heritage.

So what to visit ?

If you are in Cebu on January, do not miss the Sinulog Festival, a traditional Filipino religious festival that celebrates Santo Nino. It is Cebu’s grandest festival and is celebrated every 3rd Sunday of January.

Find out more about Cebu through our blogger partner Natalie Tarin from The Traveling Foxes from Cebu!

What and Where to eat ?

Try the Lechon at the House of Lechon

A taste of Cebuano at CnT

Zubuchon’s Lechon

Local coffee shop Abaca Baking Company

Have a drink at La Vie Parisienne

Best time to travel?

Weather in the Philippines is not that simple. The Philippines has four distinct climate zone. Globally, it enjoys a tropical climate that is for the most part hot and humid year-round, but can be roughly divided into a dry season. Always keep a raincoat or sweater in case of some rain! Below are some general estimations, but we do not guarantee them. Keep an eye on typhoon, weather forecasts websites.

Blue: Best period to travel
Orange: Hot & humid season
Red: more likely rainy seasons

Good to Know

Read basic information and also some fun facts about the Philippines! Here you will find everything you need to know about Cebu City !



Visa Requirements

Not Needed for EU Citizens.

Languages spoken

Bisaya, English, Tagalog

Currency Used

Peso philippin

Cost of life

₱588 (10 to 20€)

₱520 (average 10€/meal)

Local Transportation
(van, taxi, tricycle…)
₱700 (less than 15€)

Area (km2)

14 650 km2

Activities in Cebu

Here is an overview of all the activities to do and places to visit in Cebu City ! Historical & cultural visit and food trip in the city!

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