It is worth making the trip to Iloilo City if you’re interested in seeing some of the country’s churches and heritage museums while still being close to the country’s beautiful beaches.
The good news – Iloilo has yet to become a full blown tourist spot, so you’ll be able to enjoy a piece of the Philippines that still maintains its authenticity. The curious traveler will find many interesting places to explore as well as fun things to do in Iloilo.
While the beaches accessible from the city are lesser known compared to other beaches in the country, you will still enjoy the typical water sports and activities while exploring them. Many visitors who come to Iloilo are on their way to Boracay, one of the country’s best-known beaches. If you are just passing through, take some time to explore the city. Iloilo makes a pleasant cultural stop before you go hitting the sand.
Since you have both the city and the beach at the same time, you can enjoy some day trips if you have some extra time. Iloilo also boasts a huge country club as well as golf resorts where you can relax and get some outdoor exercise.
Iloilo sits in the middle of the Philippine archipelago on the island of Panay, and is considered to be the urban centre of the small island. Iloilo can either be reached by plane or by ferry. It enjoys a very warm climate, and the wet season runs from May until November. The average maximum temperature in April is 33°C (91.4 °F). The temperatures are at their coolest in January.
Dinagyang Festival is a citywide celebration which takes place in Iloilo at the end of January. This is one of the Philippines’ best festivals and includes both religious and cultural elements that honor Jesus Christ while also commemorating the Malay settlers’ arrival.
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